Like many animal lovers across the country, I was delighted with the Government’s announcement last month that it intends to introduce a ban on the commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England. The ban will mean that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten must either deal directly with the breeder, or with one of the nation’s many animal rehoming centres.
Organ donation saves lives. Over 40,000 people are alive in England today thanks to individuals and their families agreeing to make organ donations. But there is a shortage. At the end of March 2018 over 5,000 people in England were still waiting for a transplant and very sadly 500 people died last year because a suitable organ was not available.
Over the past months my constituency has faced an escalating number of illegal encampments. And residents in Tilehurst, Theale, Southcote, Coley, around Prospect Park, Purley, Pangbourne and Tidmarsh have all suffered varying levels of distress, anti-social behaviour and intimidation.
In recent days the Prime Minister, Theresa May, visited my Reading West constituency to formally open the new UK headquarters of international technology company Thales at Green Park. During her visit she, and I, had an opportunity to meet several really bright and able apprentices employed by Thales.