North East Euro MP Fiona Hall has called for a total ban on the trade in blue fin tuna. The huge Mediterraneanfish, beloved of Japanese sushi eaters, is the most expensive food in the world. Individual fish can sell formore than £10,000.
WWF, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, claims that stocks of blue fin tuna have collapsed and that the fish willbecome extinct if controls are not introduced urgently.Organised crime is also said to be involved in the lucrative business, flouting all EU controls on the fishery. Fionasaid that unless trade was halted there would be no blue fin tuna left.“It is time to protect this critically endangered fish before it disappears from our seas,” she said. “I urge the UKGovernment to support a total ban on the trade of blue fin tuna.”Ministers of EU member states must now agree a European position to take at the next meeting of CITES (theConvention on Trade in Endangered Species) that takes place in March.
Fiona calls for end to trade in blue fin tuna
News that Teesside Cast Products is definitely shutting down has been greeted withdismay by local Liberal Democrat campaigners.
Ian Swales, prospective Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar constituency
, said,“I am shocked that, despite all the talk, there has been no solution to this problem.With the right intentions from the company and the Government, this site could havebeen saved and turned back into a world class steel producer. Closing the site isindustrial, economic and social vandalism. The news is devastating for the area.“It’s now time for urgent government action. The package they have alreadyannounced will do little for the thousands losing their jobs or the thousands morealready out of work. One of their first steps should be to move a major Governmentagency from the overcrowded South East to the Tees Valley. They have beenpromising this for years.”
Lib Dem Leader on Redcar and Cleveland Council Chris Abbott
said, “This isa real setback for our area but we must continue to keep up the pressure on theGovernment to provide real jobs in our area.”
Corus closure “devastatingfor Teeside” - Swales
Fiona battles to cut skin cancer
North East MEP Fiona Hall has spoken out in support of legislation that would place a duty on tanningbusinesses to prevent the use of sunbeds by under-18s. The new laws will also impose strict requirementsfor supervision, provision of information on health risks, and eye protection.
Ahead of a debate of a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons that would protect children and teenagersfrom the dangers of sunbeds, Fiona, a member of MEPs Against Cancer in the European Parliament, said:“It is outrageous how easily sunbeds can be accessed by children and teenagers even though research has shownthat they increase the risk of skin cancer.“Teenagers and especially young girls are often put under pressure to have a tan and it is irresponsible to allowthem easy access to cheap coin-operated sunbed and unstaffed tanning salons that offer neither health warnings norproper eye protection.”“Regulating the use of sunbeds is the only way to reduce the huge rise in skin cancer seen over the last 20 years.”Skin cancer is now the most common cancer in young adults aged between 15 and 34. Without proper eyeprotection, UV from sunbeds can also severely damage the eyes and lead to irritation, conjunctivitis and eye cancer.This month, a sunbed awareness campaign was launched by Cancer Research UK in Sunderland. A recent surveyby the charity showed that 50% of girls aged 15 to 17 in the city use sunbeds.“I fully support Cancer Research UK’s sunbed awareness campaign in Sunderland,” said Fiona. “It is time to give aclear message that misuse of sunbeds can have fatal consequences.”
Ian Swales joins theprotest calling for Corusto be saved