A Teesside MP's bill to increase sentences for animal cruelty has been withdrawn.
Redcar Labour MP Anna Turley first raised the matter in 2016 when she secured a private member's bill, following an abuse case of a bulldog called Baby, who was stamped on and thrown down the stairs by two brothers from her constituency, who also filmed the attack.
Currently the maximum sentence is six months but the House of Commons would have decided today if maximum jail terms could be increased to up to five years.
She has written to the
Environment Secretary to ask the government to opt to carry the bill over to the next parliamentary session.
It's thought 700 jobs are at risk in the region on sites at Lackenby and Skinningrove as well as hundreds more in the supply chain.
Ms Turley, Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal-Related Industries, said: “The government must now intervene to secure the assets and protect the workforce before irreparable damage is done to this strategic British industry.
“This crisis has been caused by uncertainty from chaotic Brexit negotiations and the absence of a national strategy for steel to give the level playing field the industry has been repeatedly calling for.
“Government must step up and do its duty to this key British industry and its workforce.”
'Taxpayers must not foot the bill for steelworks clean-up'
A trading zone forecast to rake in £340m in business rates must not be a “smoke and mirrors” exercise, an MP has warned.
A Special Economic Area (SEA) has been
pencilled in for the former Redcar steelworks site from April next year.
A report by Redcar and
Cleveland Council has estimated the zone will see the South Tees
Development Corporation (STDC) bring in £340m of rates in the next 25 years.
But Redcar’s Labour MP Anna
Turley has warned it must
not mean the government “handing
the cost of regenerating the site to Teesside taxpayers.
She said: “Lord Heseltine was
clear when the steelworks closed that the government would foot the clean-up
bill, whatever it came to. The government must make good on that promise and not rely on
local people or businesses to pay the costs.”
The rates income on the site would be
shared equally between the council and the STDC – with 50% of the rates reinvested in the 4,500-acre site.
The report stated
Redcar and Cleveland Council would be “circa. £121.930m
better off over a 25-year period, if an SEA was in place. Without the SEA in
place, it is estimated that only £49.478m would be generated for the council.”
But Ms Turley said the
SEA must not be a “smoke
and mirrors accounting exercise”
which deprived funding for local services and “let the government off the hook”.
The MP added: “I will still be
demanding the necessary investment from the chancellor in his spending review
to clean this site up and get the investment and jobs that we need.”