Giles Watling

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Member for Clacton / GilesWatling
Select Committees
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (since March 2020)
Administration Committee (since March 2020)
Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation (since March 2020)
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation (since March 2020)

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Commons debate information

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Significant Clacton Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
Petition Closed

Reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right.

Gov Responded - 27 Feb 2018 Debated on - 2 Jul 2018 View Giles Watling's petition debate contributions
8 Aug 2018
closed 1 year, 11 months ago

Review the sentencing guidelines for theft offences, so that where the theft of a family pet is involved, monetary value is irrelevant for the categorisation of the crime for sentencing purposes.

Ensure Police Forces are given appropriate guidance and training to record and investigate cases.

Petition Closed

Ban the sale of animal fur in the UK.

Gov Responded - 28 Nov 2017 Debated on - 4 Jun 2018 View Giles Watling's petition debate contributions
23 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

Fur farming was banned in England and Wales in 2000, followed by Scotland in 2002. However fur products can still be legally imported from other countries and sold here in the UK. Much of this fur comes from countries that have very weak or no animal welfare laws at all.

Petition Closed

Ban the sale of puppies by pet shops & all commercial 3rd party dealers.

Gov Responded - 20 Mar 2018 Debated on - 21 May 2018 View Giles Watling's petition debate contributions
1 Sep 2018
closed 1 year, 10 months ago

Removing puppies for sale from litter & mum often creates sick, traumatised, dysfunctional dogs. Puppies should be seen with their mum & transporting them to a different place for sale harms welfare. Regulating commercial 3rd party sales is ineffective to prevent harm & a ban is therefore necessary.

Petition Closed

Call on PM to take action to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Gov Responded - 5 Jan 2018 Debated on - 14 May 2018 View Giles Watling's petition debate contributions
30 May 2018
closed 2 years, 1 month ago

Bereaved families & survivors call on PM to exercise her powers under the Inquiries Act 2005 to appoint additional panel members with decision making power to sit alongside Chair in Grenfell Tower Inquiry: to ensure those affected have confidence in & are willing to fully participate in the Inquiry

Most recent EDMs signed by Giles Watling

Date Tabled Title Signatures
24 Jul 2018
Giles Watling signed this EDM on Tuesday 24th July 2018


Tabled by: Hugh Gaffney (Labour - Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill)
That this House notes that 18 September 2018 will mark the 59th anniversary of the Auchengeich Colliery disaster, in which 47 miners went to work never to return home to their families, leaving 76 children without a father and a community devastated; recognises the fact that the youngest man to …
23 signatures
(Most recent: 9 Oct 2018)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 9
Scottish National Party: 6
Independent: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Conservative: 2
19 Dec 2017
Giles Watling signed this EDM on Friday 2nd February 2018


Tabled by: Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Labour - Slough)
That this House appreciates the extraordinary bravery and sacrifices of Sikh soldiers in service of Great Britain, including during both World Wars, and supports the erection of a permanent national monument in a prime central London location to commemorate and highlight these contributions; notes that for over a decade there …
265 signatures
(Most recent: 2 Feb 2018)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 173
Conservative: 32
Scottish National Party: 26
Independent: 11
Liberal Democrat: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 9
Plaid Cymru: 3
The Independent Group for Change: 2
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

Giles Watling has not been granted any Urgent Questions in the current sitting

1 Adjournment Debate led by Giles Watling

Date Forum Title
23 Oct 2018 Commons Chamber Elder Abuse

1 Bill introduced by Giles Watling

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Anti-Loitering Devices (Regulation) Bill 2017-19
Presented by Giles Watling (Conservative)
Private Members' Bill
Ten Minute Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 24 Oct 2018, 11:12 a.m.

A Bill to prohibit the use of certain anti-loitering devices without a licence; and for connected purposes.

Giles Watling has not supported any legislation in the current parliamentary sitting