Keep the highest levels of Animal Welfare across the UK

I am proud that the UK already has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world - and these have increased substantially under this Government. The UK has banned the ivory trade, is increasing sentences for animal cruelty from six months to five years, has banned insecticides that may be harmful to bees, made CCTV mandatory in abattoirs, banned microplastics which helps marine life, and is proposing to introduce an independent, statutory body to uphold environmental standards.

That being said there is still more to do.  As a proud cat owner myself, I have become involved with many campaigns in Parliament to help improve animal welfare standards, including lobbying for a ban on ivory imports and banning cruel shock collars for dogs.

Keep up to date with all I have been up to below.


Robert's 2018 Highlights in 60 Seconds

2018 was a very busy year indeed with much to celebrate both locally and nationally. Here are just some of my highlights from last year - in 60 seconds!

Robert Courts MP

Robert Visits Chrissie's Owls

Chrissie's Owls is a small family run charity, based in Stonesfield, with a genuine love of owls.  Chrissie, with the help of her family and some very committed volunteers, attend craft and country shows throughout the year to help raise funds for their owl rescue work across Oxfordshire.

Robert speaks on remaining stages of the Ivory BIll

Robert said, "We have had an important discussion of this Bill over the past few weeks. It has been a great honour to speak on something that is so important to so many of my constituents.

Robert sits on the Ivory Bill in Parliament

Robert said, "I’ve been sitting on the Ivory Bill this week - an important part of the Government’s plan - through Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - to leave a better environment than we found.

Ivory Bill introduced to boost fight against elephant poaching

Robert said, "I am glad to report that the Ivory Bill is taking a step closer to coming into force today with its introduction in Parliament.  Elephants are one of the world’s most iconic animals and we must do all we can to protect them for future generations."