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Andrew Jones Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Andrew Jones MP

Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Campaigning and lobbying responses

Every month Andrew Jones MP receives around 1000 emails and letters sent by constituents on behalf of campaigning and lobbying groups. Andrew believes that his response to the ‘mass mailings’ are a matter of wider public interest. This section of the website shares those responses and can be used as a resource for constituents who regularly send emails from lobbying groups.

  • Religious slaughter

    December 3, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me regarding religious slaughter. I understand the depth of feeling on this issue. As you are probably aware there are long-standing provisions in UK law that, subject to specific requirements, permit the slaughter of animals without prior stunning to meet Jewish and Islamic religious requirements. Although I would prefer all animals […]

  • Environment Bill

    November 29, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me about the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) on farming and our environment. Food and farming is a bedrock of our economy and environment, generating £112 billion a year and helping shape some of our finest habitats and landscapes. I am pleased that the government […]

  • Agriculture bill

    October 8, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me about the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union on farming and the countryside. Food and farming is a bedrock of our economy and environment, generating £112 billion a year and helping shape some of our finest habitats and landscapes. I am pleased that the Government will […]

  • BBC investigation in to sex-selective abortions

    Thank you for contacting me regarding an investigation by the BBC into sex-selective abortion. Abortion on the grounds of sex alone is illegal and I am pleased that the Government guidance for doctors on how to comply with the Act makes this clear. With regard to the Non-Invasive Prenatal Test, this test is never meant […]

  • Corporation tax

    Thank you for contacting me regarding corporations paying tax. I understand your concerns and completely agree that digital companies must contribute fairly to funding our vital public services, although as I’m sure you will appreciate, I cannot comment on an individual company’s tax liabilities. The way in which businesses work is changing, which is why […]

  • BBC and its coverage of Israel

    September 7, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me about the BBC and its coverage of Israel. I agree that the BBC must ensure that there is careful reporting on controversial subjects to ensure accuracy and impartiality in their news. This should apply to all reports dealing with public policy or matters of political controversy. The recent review of […]

  • Trade Bill

    July 25, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Trade Bill and parliamentary scrutiny. I absolutely understand the need for parliamentary scrutiny of trade agreements as we leave the European Union, which is why I welcome the Government’s continued commitment to a transparent and inclusive trade policy. Let me reassure you that the Trade Bill only legislates […]

  • Abortion in Northern Ireland

    July 20, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me regarding abortion in Northern Ireland. I support the Government’s belief that any future reform in Northern Ireland must be debated and decided by the people of Northern Ireland and their locally-elected politicians. This has been the position of successive Governments, both Conservative and Labour. I very much welcome therefore the […]

  • Alcohol duties

    Thank you for contacting me regarding alcohol duties. As announced at the 2017 Autumn Budget, tax on beer, cider, wine and spirits have again been frozen. This follows the removal of the beer duty escalator in 2013 and the unprecedented cuts and freezes in beer duty since then, as well as the removal of the […]

  • Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary

    June 28, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me regarding establishing an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. This campaign has my full support and I am delighted to tell you that the UK is one of the leading proponents of establishing a Marine Protected Area in the Weddell Sea. On our behalf the Government will be advocating strongly for its adoption […]

  • NHS funding

    June 21, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me regarding future National Health Service (NHS) funding. The government has just announced plans to add an extra £20bn per year into the NHS by 2023. That would be an average annual increase of 3.4 per cent over the next five years. Health providers have called for this funding and the […]

  • ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

    Thank you for contacting me about ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I know that this can be a painful and extremely debilitating condition, impacting on the quality of life of an individual. I welcome ME Awareness Week and I hope it helps more people understand this condition, which can be so frustrating and distressing for many. […]

  • Farming and the environment after the EU

    June 15, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me about the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union on farming and the environment. Food and farming is a bedrock of our economy and environment, generating £112 billion a year and helping shape some of our finest habitats and landscapes. I am pleased that the Government will […]

  • Hezbollah

    May 31, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me regarding Hezbollah. Peaceful protest is a vital part of our democratic society. It is a long-standing tradition in this country that people are free to gather together and to demonstrate their views, however uncomfortable or repugnant those can be to the majority of us. However they must do so within […]

  • Live animal exports

    Thank you for contacting me regarding live animal exports. All animals deserve to be respected and cared for at every stage of their lives. The UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world. I am pleased that my Party’s General Election manifesto included a commitment to take early steps to control […]

  • Cladding and affordable housing

    Thank you for contacting me regarding cladding and affordable housing. While I understand your concerns regarding the perception that remedial cladding work could affect affordable housing supply, please allow me to assure you that the Government’s recent decision to fund cladding removal will not reduce the number of affordable homes built between now and 2022. […]

  • Violence in Israel and Palestine

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the saddening escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine. Like you I am deeply distressed by the deaths and injuries in Gaza, the violence is shocking and tragic. There are a number of important facts which need to be established urgently, including why live fire was used. Israel has […]

  • Civil Liability Bill – EDM 1140

    May 30, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me regarding EDM 1140. The number of whiplash claims has been too high for too long and is symptomatic of a wider compensation culture. This is being put right through the Civil Liability Bill, which will ensure that whiplash claims are no longer an easy payday and that money can be […]

  • Windrush generation

    May 10, 2018

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Windrush generation. The Windrush generation are a unique group who have built their life here and have contributed enormously to our country. I do not want anyone to be in any doubt about their right to remain here. When these people came to the UK they were deemed […]

  • Emergency service workers

    Thank you for contacting me regarding protecting emergency service workers. We owe emergency service workers a debt of gratitude for the courage, commitment and dedication they demonstrate in carrying out their duties, which is why the Government is supporting the Private Member’s Bill to protect emergency workers. The Bill is currently in the House of […]