Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins to lead debate in House of Commons after Budget 2015 to protect Kent fishing industry

‘FIFA and Sepp Blatter cannot continue’ says Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins on BBC’s Newsnight with David Ginola
May 28, 2015

A Kent MP will lead the calls in parliament today to end the restrictive EU fishing quotas squeezing on the county’s industry.

Damian Collins, the MP for Folkestone and Hythe, is presenting the debate in parliament immediately after the Budget is delivered.

Mr Collins says it is a landmark alternative to a fishing ban that could protect the livelihoods of local fishermen.

Proposals are afoot for fishing permits for Hythe Bay rather than a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ), which would stop fishing along 10 miles of coastline at Hythe Bay and cost local jobs.

The government decided last year to keep Hythe Bay out of the latest round of allocations but that doesn’t lift the possibility of it being placed for the next phase in 2016/17.

It is hoped a permits system would lift that threat.

Mr Collins will kick off the debate in the House of Commons to fisheries minister George Eustice to argue for extra quotas for the inshore fishing fleet.

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