Katy Clark MP

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Animal protection campaigners today welcomed the support of Katy for important advances in the effort to reduce the use of animals in laboratories.

Twin campaigns by the BUAV, Britain's leading organisation campaigning to end animal experiments, call for lifting the secrecy surrounding the licensing of animal experiments and an end to the use of animal testing for household products such as washing-up liquid.

Both campaigns have been accepted in principle by the Government, who promised last year to implement the changes before the election, but with time running out Katy has joined with 76 colleagues across all parties to support a motion calling for immediate action.

Katy said, “In 2015 it is important we take every step possible to alleviate the unnecessary suffering of animals. The can be no sensible justification for the continuation of animal testing for household products in this day and age. We also need much greater transparency to ensure that we have a properly informed debate about those experiments which do continue to take place today. I am pleased the Government has pledged to do this but time is running out for them to honour the commitments which they have made.”

BUAV Chief Executive, Michelle Thew said, "We welcome Katy Clark’s support for this motion. When a consensus on progress has finally been reached, it would be very frustrating if it failed to materialise due to Government inaction in the last two months of this Parliament. We hope that Katy's backing will help secure these important steps in making a difference for animals in laboratories."

Animal protection campaign welcomes stance of Katy

  Animal protection campaigners today welcomed the support of Katy for important advances in the effort to reduce the use of animals in laboratories.

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After weeks of disruption Katy Clark MP has welcomed the news that the ‘temporary’ traffic signals on Townhead Street, Stevenston might finally be removed in the coming days.

The temporary traffic signals were put in place because Building Standards were concerned that the old Rankins pub building on Townhead Street was unsafe. They took steps to close the narrow footpath in front of the building and shut it off with fencing but in order to do so traffic signals were required.

Building Standards had served a notice on the owners that the building must be surveyed to prove it was safe and any structural repairs required should be undertaken. The owners have now confirmed to North Ayrshire Council that they have had the building surveyed and will undertake the remedial work without delay. Once the works are complete the fencing around the building and the traffic signals can be removed.

Speaking about the matter Katy said,

“I know that many of my constituents who drive through Stevenston on a regular basis have been frustrated with the temporary traffic signals being up for so long, especially as it was clear there was no work being carried out in the area.”

“The news that the owners are to carry out the remedial work is very welcome and subject to it satisfying Building Standards requirements the traffic signals should hopefully be removed very soon.”

Katy Welcomes Progress to Remove Stevenston Traffic Signals

After weeks of disruption Katy Clark MP has welcomed the news that the ‘temporary’ traffic signals on Townhead Street, Stevenston might finally be removed in the coming days.

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Katy has called for the re-introduction of the last Labour Government’s bank bonus tax following a debate on the issue in the House of Commons. 

Katy voted in favour of a Labour motion calling for the tax to be reintroduced with the money raised used to fund a guaranteed paid job for young people who have been out of work for over a year. The motion also called for the tax to be implemented in such a way that it would cover allowances currently paid in some banks that have been structured in such a way to avoid EU regulations regarding bankers’ bonuses.

Speaking on the subject Katy said “The public have rightly been appalled at recent scandals regarding the activities by some in the banking sector. At a time when wages for the majority have fallen in real terms many will the levels of bonus payments paid by the banks as completely unacceptable. There is also considerable anger that payments are being made in a way designed to deliberately circumnavigate existing rules to limit bonuses.”

“I am pleased Labour are prepared to challenge the banks and are calling for a reintroduction of the bank bonus tax. The reintroduction of the 50p tax rate will also help claw-back payments should banks respond by simply increasing salaries. Should Labour form the next Government in May it will send a very clear signal to the banks that there can be no return to business as usual.”

Katy calls for bank bonus tax re-introduction

  Katy has called for the re-introduction of the last Labour Government’s bank bonus tax following a debate on the issue in the House of Commons. 


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