I am committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, and to making the UK a world leader in the field. It concerns me that some have suggested the vote my colleagues and I cast on New Clause 30 of the EU Withdrawal Bill somehow signalled a weakening in the protection of animals.
There has been some controversy in the past week over the EU Withdrawal Bill. I will come to that. But I want first to write about the progress of the UK’s negotiations with the European Union which are far more important in the long term and which are reaching a critical stage.
Jeremy Lefroy, Member of Parliament for Stafford, today led the House of Commons debate on International Men’s Day which took place in Westminster Hall. MPs from across the political spectrum spoke in the debate, showing the cross-party nature of these issues.