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Going through the motions

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ANIMAL welfare laws should be altered to make eating dog meat a criminal offence, according to MP Gregory Campbell.

A call to close the legal loop hole is among the dozens of Early Day Motions sponsored by Mr Campbell in the last 12 months.

Also on the list is a call on the House of Commons to encourage a recognition that prayer “can help to restore strength, enables people to be closer to God and focuses their heart and mind; and believes that prayer can, and does, change things.

Staying with a religious theme Mr Campbell asked fellow MPs in February to mark the death of TV evangelist Billy Graham.

His motion co-sponsored by five DUP colleagues called on the house to acknowledge the lives transformed by Mr Graham and the millions he reached declaring “biblical truths.”

In March Mr Campbell sponsored a motion marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of hymn writer, Mrs Cecil Frances Alexander who, we learn, lived for more than 60 years in County Londonderry.

He was one of 11 MPs to acknowledge Mrs Alexander penned some of our most famous hymns including Once in Royal David's City and There is a Green Hill Far Away.

*For more on this see the latest Coleraine Chronicle.

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