Ian Lucas

Your Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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I'm still backing the foxhunting ban - and spoke with campaigners about it in Parliament.

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I attended a Parliamentary reception for the League, met with President Bill Oddie and discussed a number of animal welfare issues. The League are currently campaigning for stronger sentences for crimes involving cruelty to animals – something which I was pleased to lend his support to.

I’m still committed to the ban on foxhunting.

The move by the Conservatives during this year’s election campaign to allow a vote on bringing back foxhunting generated a strong reaction in Wrexham. Almost as soon as Theresa May had floated the possibility, I had people contacting me to oppose any change to the law and to ask me to vote to keep the ban.

I’ve been a long term backer of the ban on fox hunting, and was happy to tell them then – and to re-confirm now – that I back the ban.

I'm still backing the ban

I'm still backing the foxhunting ban - and spoke with campaigners about it in Parliament.

I’ve spoken to the consumer watchdog for water in Wales - and raised concerns about the effect the recent takeover of Welsh water companies could have.

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At an event in Westminster this week, I met with Tom Taylor, the Chair of the Wales Committee of the Consumer Council for Water to discuss how consumers can raise concerns and complaints about the industry.

Having opposed the recent takeover of Dee Valley Water by the larger Severn Trent Water, I raised my concern that the standard of services for his constituents must not slip as a result of the takeover.

Figures given to me during the briefing show that there were around 18 complaints about Dee Valley Water for every 1,000 connections by the company – the industry average is almost 34.

Customers and consumers were clearly happy with the company before it was taken over – it was local, responsive and based in its community.

I made clear during my meeting this week that I did not want to see a drop in the standards of service for my constituents – and will be keeping a close eye on the number of complaints.

Consumers with complaints can log them at ccwater.org.uk

Concerns over water complaints

I’ve spoken to the consumer watchdog for water in Wales - and raised concerns about the effect the recent takeover of Welsh water companies could have.

A growth deal for North Wales remains a priority for a Parliamentary group standing up for our region.

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I was re-elected Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Mersey Dee North Wales area today. The group brings together MPs and peers from across North Wales and the North West of England.

There is a growing recognition that we have to work together to secure the best our area – that was the case before this year’s General Election, and it remains a key focus now that the new Parliament is in place. Indeed, it was one of the key drivers behind the setting up of our group.

The appetite for change is not simply limited to Parliament, however. For instance, I have been heartened to see local authorities across Wales –including here in Wrexham – sign up to support some of the key projects for our area, including the Growth Track 360 transport bid and the North Wales Growth deal.

In the Assembly, a sister group to the Parliamentary group has been set up, and I met with its chair Hannah Blythyn earlier this month. The Assembly is also leading the way in supporting North Wales – with announcements such as the recent siting of the Development Bank in Wrexham.

And in our education sector, I know that institutions such as Glyndwr University are also working hard to make the case for our region, for working together with business and working together on cross-border issues, and for investment.

Our region is speaking with one voice, and it is calling for change.

What we want from the UK Government is commitment to our region in concrete terms - work must continue on the North Wales Growth deal and the Growth Track 360 transport proposals.

Ministers must not be distracted from ensuring we get the very best for North Wales.

Growth deal is key for North Wales

A growth deal for North Wales remains a priority for a Parliamentary group standing up for our region.


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