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Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:34 am on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley 9:34 am, 8th February 2019

I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman—on this occasion, I will call him my right hon. and learned Friend—for the doggedness with which he has pursued this Bill, and I thank those who have campaigned outside. It is unfortunate that the campaign has been necessary. Surely we should be protecting those who protect us. In this instance, we are talking about police dogs, but the same should apply to uniformed staff and the blue-light services. We should treat attacks on them and attacks on service animals as aggravating circumstances, and the CPS should get that message loud and clear.