21 AUG 2017

Coastal Scene Column - 18th August 2017

"Last week, the Environment Secretary and my departmental colleague, Michael Gove, announced plans to require all slaughterhouses in England to install CCTV, an important preventative measure to crackdown on animal cruelty. The videos that are often seen in the media showing slaughterhouse workers mistreating animals are truly shocking. These are not the conditions animals should be spending their final moments in and my department is committed to ensuring that it stops.

The Government has also confirmed it will raise standards for farm animals and domestic pets by modernising statutory animal welfare codes to reflect enhancements in medicines, technology and the latest research and advice from vets. The codes will remain enshrined in law and the first to be updated will cover chickens bred for meat. As we prepare to leave the EU, these measures show consumers around the world that our animals are protected to the very highest standards.

Congratulations to all our A-Level students who received their results yesterday (Thursday). I hope you got the grades you wanted. Whilst many students are thinking about University, there is a great choice of advanced level apprenticeships too. For more details on apprenticeships, you can look at www.apprenticeships.org.uk or via www.thesource.me.uk.

Next week is GCSE results day. Schools will be on hand to support students and there is also a national helpline which will open on results day 0808 100 8000 giving impartial advice. For students and parents, it may be a bit surprising for GCSE results are starting to be given as a rating from 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. Grade 4 upwards will be the new pass level. Schools are now assessed on the progress made by students while at school, rather than the proportion of students that pass 5 GCSEs.

Finally, don't forget my constituency tour which kicks off in bank holiday week. I will be stopping off in over 90 parishes and towns across the 302 square miles of the Suffolk Coastal constituency. This is an invitation for you to come and speak to me about any issue. You can see my tour timeline online - http://theresecoffey.co.uk/tour 2017."

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