People in South Thanet will be concerned to see that the government has chosen to drop its Kept Animal Bill.
Voters have been receiving communications from their Tory MP Craig Mackinlay committing to support this legislation and now his government has reneged on its commitment to animal welfare.
In a letter to a new constituent dated 15th May 2023, he spoke about the issue of the export of live animals and said that a: “New law is currently progressing through Parliament to finally end this unnecessary and foul trade.” Now this same bill has been scrapped by his own government.
Craig Mackinlay stood on a platform to ban animal live exports, including from Ramsgate, which is opposed by so many in South Thanet. The failure of his government to press on with this law means such a ban will not now go ahead this side of a General Election, nor will there be powers to crack down on puppy farming and smuggling.
Labour has called for the Kept Animals Bill to be brought back to the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity. With the news of the Government failing to deliver their manifesto commitment on the legislation, it is clear once again that people just can’t trust the Tories to deliver on animal welfare.
The United Kingdom is a nation of animal lovers, and the people of South Thanet are no exception.
How can the people of South Thanet credibly believe that Craig Mackinlay’s voice is being heard in parliament when it’s not even being listened to in his own party?
Polly Billington is Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the next General Election