Moss­neuk kids are back­ing Finn’s Law

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This week I had the priv­i­lege of vis­it­ing Moss­neuk Pri­mary School to find out about their P6 politics project on Finn’s Law and to speak about “a week in the life of an MP”.

I was ex­tremely impressed by their knowl­edge about politics, about the Scot­tish and West­min­ster par­lia­ments and the pass­ing of par­lia­men­tary Bills.

They have been do­ing a project on Finn’s Law, named af­ter ‘Fabulous Finn’, a po­lice dog who saved his owner PC Dave Wardell’s life but who was re­peat­edly stabbed in the head and chest and nearly died in do­ing so.

Thank­fully, Finn sur­vived, but pros­e­cu­tion of his as­sailant be­came very com­plex due to laws that recog­nise ser­vice an­i­mals as ‘prop­erty’ rather than as sen­tient be­ings.

The sec­ond read­ing of the Ser­vice An­i­mals Of­fences Bill was re­cently post­poned at West­min­ster – but I have now re­quested a de­bate on this is­sue and I very much plan to keep the mo­men­tum high.

The chil­dren were unan­i­mous in their sup­port for Finn’s Law and I un­der­stand that they and their teacher, Mrs Kelly, will be skyp­ing PC Dave Wardell and Finn this week for the next chap­ter of their work, which will also in­volve meet­ing with ser­vice dogs at Po­lice Scot­land.

I was par­tic­u­larly de­lighted to be dis­cussing this Bill with the chil­dren at Moss­neuk Pri­mary be­cause it brings to life the im­por­tance of politics, the pos­i­tive changes that can be made through con­certed ef­fort and be­cause I chair the Al­lParty Par­lia­men­tary Group on dog wel­fare; and it is an is­sue close to my heart.

I was pleased to be able to meet with Dave and Finn in this ca­pac­ity at the end of 2017, when they came to­gether to West­min­ster to present at my par­lia­men­tary group – (dogs are not usu­ally al­lowed into par­lia­ment un­less they are guide or work­ing dogs so we were able to get a spe­cial pro­vi­sion for Finn!)

I was very much moved by Dave’s ac­count and I know that the chil­dren will be too.

Each child plans to write to the sec­re­tary of state for jus­tice ev­ery day over a pe­riod of a month or more so that their sup­port for Finn’s Law gets through.

I will keenly await to hear how things are pro­gress­ing and will, of course, be do­ing all that I can along­side Moss­neuk Pri­mary, to progress Finn’s Law in Par­lia­ment.

Back to ‘a week in the life of an MP’ and since my last col­umn, we have been un­der­tak­ing our in­quiry into the sugar tax and child­hood obe­sity strat­egy.

We were able to ques­tion chef Jamie Oliver who ex­plained that drinks com­pa­nies have al­most halved the level of sugar in Ribena and many more of their other for­mu­las and sug­gested that the sugar tax should also be ap­plied to chil­dren’s sug­ary milk drinks such as milk shakes.

It ap­pears to be mak­ing a dif­fer­ence but much more must be done on clear pack­age la­belling, to en­cour­age chil­dren to choose fruit and veg­eta­bles and to un­der­take ex­er­cise.

Per­haps this will be the next Bill to be spear­headed by our young politi­cians at Moss­neuk Pri­mary School!

I was very much moved by Dave’s ac­count and I know the chil­dren will be too...

Fight­ing for Finn Dr Lisa Cameron MP with kids at Moss­neuk Pri­mary

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