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The free TV licence was introduced in 2000 in recognition that the licence fee could be a source of concern for many people over the age of 75, nearly 50% of whom were in the lowest three income deciles. However, in 2015, the BBC reached an agreement with the Government to take on the cost...
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It is shocking that we had not had a full debate in the House of Commons chamber on climate change for over two years. It is also disappointing that the debate took place at a time when it is difficult for all MPs to attend. I believe the Government needs to give this issue proper...
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I am very concerned at the way our withdrawal from the EU has been handled. I believe the Prime Minister’s approach resulted in a deeply flawed Brexit deal that will not protect jobs, workplace rights or environmental standards, and will not ensure frictionless trade for British businesses. Following Parliament’s decisive rejection of her deal, I...
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I sympathise profoundly with anyone affected by ME. It is a highly complex condition affecting around 21,000 people in Scotland and I believe it is vital that patients receive the best treatment and care that takes account of their particular needs. I also pay tribute to the work undertaken by groups such as the ME...
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I understand the frustration experienced by many people living with diabetes who still cannot use Flash GM and Continuous Glucose Monitoring technologies for the purpose of driving. I know that these types of monitoring devices are easier, quicker and less painful than routine finger-prick glucose monitoring and can transform peoples’ lives. I appreciate that the...
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We are in a tumultuous situation on Brexit. This is the result of the Government’s failure and refusal to adopt the kind of approach I and the Labour Party have been calling for, that can safeguard jobs and the economy. It is very clear that Parliament has zero faith in Theresa May’s deal and that...
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After 20 months of negotiations, I believe the Government’s approach to Brexit has resulted in a bad deal that does not work for our country and is unlikely to be endorsed when it comes before Parliament now in the next few weeks. This is a result of the Government’s failure and refusal to adopt the...
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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is responsible for regulating high-cost credit in the UK. I know that in a letter to payday lenders in October 2018, the FCA said they should reassess the quality of their affordability tests. The Government says the FCA has tough enforcement powers to protect consumers and act against firms that...
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NC7 was an amendment to increase accountability of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and senior officers of Northern Ireland departments, for their role in ensuring human rights compliance in Northern Ireland, in the absence of Northern Ireland Ministers. This amendment was designed, not to change the law, but to address incompatibilities between legislation...
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Universal Credit (UC) is a single payment which will replace six means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age individuals and families. It is the Government’s flagship welfare reform and I am concerned that it has been plagued by problems in its design and delivery having experienced the cases of many of my own constituents where...
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