October 10, 2017

Pressure from Activists and MPs Force UK Government U-Turn on Ivory Trade

Pressure from activists and Labour MPs has forced the Government into another u-turn. In the face of massive public support for a full ban on the ivory trade the Government has said it will launch a consultation on banning the ivory trade in antiques in the UK. It has repeatedly promised this before, but caved into to pressure from the …

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October 6, 2017

Rail Disruption – 14/15 October

Recently I received an email from the Managing Director of Great Western Railway explaining the need for extra engineering works in the Reading area in preparation for further electrification of the line due to take place on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of October. Trains therefore will not be running into London Paddington during this time. He has …

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October 5, 2017

Victory for Womanby Street Campaigners

Last week we heard that the planning application to build a block of flats next to Clwb Ifor Bach on Womanby Street has been withdrawn. This was music to the ears of the Save Womanby Street campaign. Such a development would have been completely unsuitable for Womanby Street, which is a centre for grassroots live music and performance venues. I …

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October 4, 2017

Guide Dogs UK – Making Taxis Accessible

Last week I joined Guide Dogs UK at Labour Party Conference to find out about their campaign to make sure everyone with an assistance dog can access taxis. It is against the law for any taxi or minicab driver to refuse to take an assistance dog or charge extra for carrying it. Unfortunately, Guide Dogs found that 42% of assistance …

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