Swansea West MP Geraint Davies today attended Parliament’s first ever Dog Theft Awareness Day hosted by the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA) to help raise awareness about the growing issue of dog theft.
Mr Davies said: “Since October 2011 there have been 122 confirmed reports of dog theft in the South Wales area, causing great distress to the owners and their families. Sadly few of these, or the 60 dogs that are stolen every week from people’s homes, gardens and communities across the UK, are ever returned to their owners.
“Making microchips compulsory for all dogs in Wales from April 2016 was a step in the right direction, making it easier to trace dogs back to their owners, but it’s time that scanning those microchips when a dog is brought to a vet or a rescue centre becomes compulsory, so that estranged dogs and their owners can be reunited.
“Dog snatchers in South Wales must realise that we will track them down. The Government should not ‘paws’ in its efforts to protect dogs and deter and detect thieves.
Children at Waunarlwydd Primary School were joined today by their local MP, Geraint Davies and AM Julie James to celebrate World Book Day. As a big fan of Roald Dahl I read from ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, and also Judith Kerr’s ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’, a favourite among many of the children.
I was very impressed with the eagerness of the children as well as the teachers at Waunarlwydd to share stories and to enjoy reading. The school is a shining example of a fun, caring and vibrant environment that provides its pupils with a great start in life.
World Book Day is a fantastic initiative and it was a delight to be able to play a part – it certainly made a welcome change to other events, meetings and debates that fill my diary in Swansea and London.
I read to four classes and it was really good fun to use different voices and pace to help bring theses wonderful stories to life and to see how they helped spark the imagination of children of different ages.
The initiative challenges children to read more in a way that is engaging and fun, and undoubtedly helps them get into a habit that can have a long-lasting effect on their futures.
I'm always happy to visit local schools and congratulations to the teachers , children and parents who made the day such a success. I hope they had as much fun as I did.
Labour MP calls for referendum on Brexit package before Article 50 is triggered in private members’ bill
Please find the Independent's article on my Bill published this week: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/labour-mp-geraint-davies-referendum-brexit-a7542621.html
Geraint Davies Labour MP for Swansea West has been test driving a taxi in Swansea powered by Liquid Petroleum Gas and says if Hackney cabs converted to LPG they would be cheaper to run and better for public health.Said Geraint Davies MP“Every year 40,000 people across Britain die prematurely due to diesel fumes. Particulates and Nitrogen Oxides cause heart attacks, lung cancer and strokes and cost the country £20 billion a year. Locally in Swansea diesel emissions put our children at particular risk as they breath nearer to the ground. Even unborn foetuses suffer from poisonous fumes inhaled by pregnant mum’s. It’s a national disgrace and it’s why I have put forward my Air Quality Bill to promote more sustainable transport systems powered by electric.“In the meantime LPG can provide a short term fix to massively reduce diesel from local Hackney Cabs. LPG brings a 99 per cent reduction in particulates and an 80 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxides which is a huge improvement for public health. The cost of conversion from diesel to LPG is £8000 but the money is recovered in just two years due to lower fuel costs. There is a case for the Government to provide interest free loans to encourage conversion as many drivers don’t have the cash.“Also some council’s have switched their vehicle fleets to LPG to save money and to improve air quality.“ I’m pressing the Government to help drivers to switch to electric cars by providing a national infrastructure for recharging. Meanwhile, LPG represents a step in the right direction to help improve public health.“My Bill also would allow Council’s to impose access restrictions on older, more polluting diesel vehicles from entering highly polluted urban centres.“In the meantime, we can all play our part. In particular, its important we all remember not to hover and to switch off engines outside local schools to avoid unnecessary health risks to local children in particular those with asthma."