Very happy to give my support to World Animal Protection in their campaign to save the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) which is dedicated to supporting wildlife crime investigations has a base in Livingston, and is fundamental to analysing national wildlife crime intelligence across the UK. But following the UK Government Spending Review, the future funding of this unit is now under threat with a decision due to be made by the end of January.

A number of constituents have contacted me on this issue, and I have written to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to pass on these concerns.