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Animal Welfare (12 Dec 2017)

Simon Hart: Does my hon. Friend recognise that the decline in bovine TB in Wales is no more distinct in the areas where vaccination takes place than it is in areas where vaccination does not take place? Indeed, the Welsh Government are now considering whether they need to bring in a limited cull because the existing methods are not working. I hope he takes that into account.

Backbench Business: Rural Economy of Wales (28 Nov 2017)

Simon Hart: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the technology already exists? It is available in the Alps, in Norway, and in the highlands of Scotland. The technology is, to some extent, proven. What is actually required, as I am sure the Minister will confirm, is political will.

Lowland Curlew (17 Oct 2017)

Simon Hart: By way of an example and to reinforce my right hon. Friend’s comments on predator control, on the island of Caldey, just off Pembrokeshire, it was decided to simply eliminate the resident population of rats. It cost £75,000 of private money and was a straightforward operation. No permissions were necessary. Within less than a year, puffins have returned and the skylark population...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: HMS Queen Elizabeth (9 Oct 2017)

Simon Hart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what jets are being used on HMS Queen Elizabeth until the F-35 comes into service.

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: Thank you very much, Mr Hanson, for your role this afternoon. I also thank colleagues from both sides of the House for such useful contributions and the Government for taking such immediate action on this. We even got a letter from the Prime Minister before the Minister had got to his feet, so things are working well. I apologise for going on too long at the beginning, particularly to my hon....

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: Will the hon. Lady give way?

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: I’m already wound up! [Laughter.]

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: I beg to move, That this House has considered abuse and intimidation of candidates and the public in UK elections. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I should start by saying that since the election the Conservative Whips Office has been dealing with at least three credible threats to colleagues every week, including death threats, criminal damage, sexism, racism,...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: I absolutely recognise that point, and I will come to it later in my speech. There will be individual contributions from Members who might have had particular experiences that defy that challenge, but I agree with the hon. Lady, and I am grateful to her for making that point so early in proceedings.

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: I thank my right hon. Friend for her timely contribution. One thing that has struck me—I know it has struck people in our Whips Office, too—is that when I started uncovering this topic, I found out about stuff that I simply did not think existed. I have been astonished by the quantity of evidence I have received from all sides. As she said, I had assumed that the issue might just...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: The hon. Lady is psychic, among many other things. What she said was going to be my next comment. I absolutely agree with her. There is another element with the existing laws, which is how few people know that they exist. Indeed, some law enforcement agencies do not know that they exist. The questions I will be putting to the Minister in a few minutes are partly intended to get a greater...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: I am sure that a number of colleagues would agree with that contribution; I certainly do. I will be coming to some proposals and thoughts on social media in just a moment. I want to take a moment to describe the example of our former colleague Byron Davies, who until recently was the MP for Gower. During the election campaign he was subjected to a sustained attack on Twitter that contained...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: One of my most important recommendations is about the role of political leadership and what political leaders need to do, rather than what they need to say. I wanted to mention the example of our former colleague Charlotte Leslie in Bristol, whose parents became victims of abuse. Their entire oil heating supply was drained into their garden by somebody who had an objection to...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point. Of course, print media is governed by a rather different and more visible level of regulation. There is a line between robust challenge, the cut and thrust of politics and the sort of stuff that we know we are letting ourselves in for when we take on this job—some papers would argue that they are on the right side of that line—which...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that contribution. Legislation of course already exists to deal with such incidents but, as we touched on before, it is not always easily accessible. It is not always entirely advantageous to be distracted by that during an election campaign.

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for that contribution, which touches on the reason we are here: the degree of collateral impact from which we may fairly visibly suffer, and the knock-on effect on people who want to do good things for their community, charity or cause, but who are beginning to ask themselves whether it is worth the effort. What plans do the Government have to assess the extent...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: I could not have put it better myself. In fact, I would expand it to outside election times, too. As we have heard today, this problem is not limited to that four or five-week period every three or four years. My second question to the Minister is about reviewing existing laws and seeing which work and which should work but are not being enforced. Where there are gaps, we should recommend how...

Safety of Riders and Horses on Rural Roads (4 Jul 2017)

Simon Hart: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for allowing an intervention. Has he made any assessment of the type of accidents that occur—between those that may be a result of ignorance or neglect and those that are a result of people who, for some reason, take leave of their senses when in the vicinity of horses and become almost temporary class warriors, getting annoyed and driving up close to...


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