Ritchie: Agri-food industry needs resolution with China

SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has urged the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the DARD Minister to work with the Chinese Consul General to come to a trade agreement with China for the export of poultry and pork from the UK.
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Dallat: 5 years on, still no action on carbon monoxide safety

SDLP East Derry MLA John Dallat has called on the Minister for Social Development Mervyn Storey to put in place explicit safety requirements for electricity and gas in private sector buildings. In a response to a written question submitted by Mr Dallat, the Minister detailed that five years after the tragic deaths of Neil McFerran and Aaron Davidson no such measures are in place. Neil McFerran and Aaron Davidson, both 18 lost their lives to carbon monoxide poisoning while staying at an apartment in Castlerock in August 2010.
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Durkan backs Trócaire climate change campaign

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has supported Trócaire campaigners from Northern Ireland at Westminster and the charity’s new ‘Feel the Heat’ campaign which calls on international governments to address the dangerous effects of global warming at a major UN climate summit in Paris later this year.
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McDonnell calls for devolution of voting age powers

SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP has called on David Cameron to ensure that 16 and 17 year olds are given a vote in any future referendum on membership of the European Union and in all Northern Ireland elections.
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Durkan pledges to end the ovarian cancer postcode lottery

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has signed up to a new campaign at Westminster this week to end the ovarian cancer postcode lottery – launched by the charity Target Ovarian Cancer. The Foyle MP pledged his support for the new campaign after Target Ovarian Cancer released a new report highlighting the regional differences between survival rates of ovarian cancer, awareness and participation in clinical trials.
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