Barry Gardiner

Working Hard for Brent North

What I Stand for

On 15th December 2016 Sky announced that the "21st Century Fox Board and the Independent Committee of Sky are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended pre-conditional cash offer by 21st Century Fox for the fully diluted share capital of Sky which 21st Century Fox and its Affiliates do not already own." And that 21st Century Fox currently anticipates that the Acquisition will complete before the end of 2017. 

Sky Takeover

On 15th December 2016 Sky announced that the "21st Century Fox Board and the Independent Committee of Sky are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on the terms... Read more

In October 2016, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories said that “the quality of health services [in Gaza] continues to deteriorate, with significant shortages of essential drugs and disposables, the non-payment or underpayment of medical staff salaries and compromised health-care service delivery owing to prolonged fuel cuts.” In July 2017, amid longstanding powers shortages in Gaza, the UN Special Rapporteur said that “many operating rooms have now been shut down, basic health services have been drastically cut and complex diagnostic equipment and interventions are available only intermittently”.

The Labour Party, as stated in its manifesto for the 2017 General Election, “is committed to a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine.” 

Medical Aid for Palestinians

In October 2016, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories said that “the quality of health services [in Gaza] continues to deteriorate, with significant shortages... Read more

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has long campaigned for an end to the UK ivory trade. The charity states that "an estimated 50 elephants are killed a day by poachers, to feed the demand for ivory" and that "the UK must do its part to end this horrific slaughter."

It is widely recognised that African elephants continue to face serious threats. The Great Elephant Census published in August 2016 found a 30% decline in the African savannah elephant population and that the rate of decline accelerated from 2007 to 2014, primarily due to poaching. It is estimated that, from 1979-1989, over 50% of Africa's elephants were poached for their ivory. Around 20,000 African elephants are killed by poaching each year. 

Ivory Trade in the UK

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has long campaigned for an end to the UK ivory trade. The charity states that "an estimated 50 elephants are killed a day... Read more

The "Make the air fair" campaign is calling for reliable coverage and a "genuine choice of affordable and high quality mobile services" throughout the UK. The campaign is concerned smaller mobile networks are being crowded out of the market, meaning "less choice for consumers, worse network coverage, more blackspots, more complaints and higher prices".

Make the Air Fair Campaign

The "Make the air fair" campaign is calling for reliable coverage and a "genuine choice of affordable and high quality mobile services" throughout the UK. The campaign is concerned smaller... Read more

In October 2016 a police dog called Finn was stabbed in the head and chest while chasing a suspect. For many people the charges brought in this awful case have highlighted a wider issue with the protections available in law for police animals.

Finn's Law

In October 2016 a police dog called Finn was stabbed in the head and chest while chasing a suspect. For many people the charges brought in this awful case have... Read more

UNSCR 2334 reaffirmed that "the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity" and represent "major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace". The resolution underlines that the UNSC "will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations" and further demands "that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem". UNSCR 2334 also "calls upon both parties.to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, with the aim, inter alia, of de-escalating the situation on the ground, rebuilding trust and confidence, demonstrating through policies and actions a genuine commitment to the two-State solution, and creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace". The resolution also "calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction", and recalls obligations on the Palestinian Authority Security Forces "to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities". The resolution was passed by 14 votes to zero, with the US abstaining. The UK voted for the resolution. 

Israel-Palestine (UNSCR 2334)

UNSCR 2334 reaffirmed that "the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity" and represent "major obstacle to the... Read more

Freedom from Torture state that "every year, hundreds of people who have survived torture come to the UK in search of safety", but "many torture survivors are being wrongly denied asylum." The organisation adds that its research "shows that Home Office staff repeatedly reject expert medical evidence of torture and make unqualified judgements about survivors' injuries", which "goes against both government guidance and international standards" and "leaves exceptionally vulnerable people at risk of being returned to face further torture." 

Asylum Process for Torture Survivors

Freedom from Torture state that "every year, hundreds of people who have survived torture come to the UK in search of safety", but "many torture survivors are being wrongly denied... Read more

Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) campaign against the alleged practice of forced organ harvesting in China. According to DAFOH, more than 65,000 Falun Gong prisoners of conscience were killed for their organs between 2000 and 2008. DAFOH explicitly point to Falun Gong practitioners, imprisoned for their religious beliefs, as victims of forced organ harvesting. 

The Chinese Government has previously stated that "10,000 organ transplants take place in the country each year". However, it has been estimated that "between 60,000 and 100,000 organs are transplanted annually" with "the majority" of organs "obtained by executing prisoners of conscience". In 2006 the British Transplantation Society's then chair of its ethics committee alleging that "the speed of matching donors and patients, sometimes as little as a week, implied prisoners were being selected before execution".

Forced Organ Harvesting in China

Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) campaign against the alleged practice of forced organ harvesting in China. According to DAFOH, more than 65,000 Falun Gong prisoners of conscience were killed... Read more

A petition on the UK Government and Parliament petitions website calls for the importation and sale of all animal skins and furs to be made illegal in the UK. The petition currently has over 2,400 signatures. 

The global fur industry has grown rapidly in recent years, with increasing demand fuelled by growing affluence in developing economies, particularly China and Russia. Worldwide, around 95 million mink and foxes were killed for their fur in 2014. Wild fur accounts for 15-20% of the global fur trade, with around 85% from animal farming. 50% of the global fur production comes from Europe, with approx. 5,000 farms across 22 countries.

Banning Fur Imports

A petition on the UK Government and Parliament petitions website calls for the importation and sale of all animal skins and furs to be made illegal in the UK. The... Read more

In many parts of Asia - particularly China, the Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea - it is culturally acceptable to eat dog meat. Dog meat is also eaten in Switzerland, Mexico, the Arctic and Antarctic. However, animal welfare groups draw attention to the condition in which the dogs are kept prior to being killed, noting dogs are often tortured because of a belief it causes their meat to be tender. There are also concerns most of the 'meat dogs' are in fact stolen companion dogs and strays who are kept in terrible conditions while being transported from country to country. A particular concern is the Yulin Dog Meat Festival which has been held in China in June every year since 2009. It is reported 10,000 dogs are killed at the festival each year. Under Yulin tradition, eating dog and lychee and drinking alcohol on the solstice is said to keep people healthy during winter. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) state the consumption of dog meat is linked to a 20-fold increase in the risk of contracting cholera and has led to transmission of rabies to humans. It is also reported Yulin has one of the highest incidences of rabies in the world. 

Dog Meat Trade

In many parts of Asia - particularly China, the Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea - it is culturally acceptable to eat dog meat. Dog meat is also eaten in Switzerland,... Read more

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