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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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It is an important principle of the BBC’s Charter that the BBC is operationally and editorially independent. The BBC also has a duty under both the BBC Charter and the Broadcasting Code to deliver impartial and accurate news. Indeed, the agreement accompanying the BBC Charter requires the BBC to do all it can to ensure...
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Instead of encouraging the use of fossil fuels by making the planning process easier for their development, we should be boosting renewable energy projects. In 2016, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a report on shale gas and our climate change targets. It found that fracking was not compatible with these targets unless it...
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I agree that multinational companies that accrue large amounts of revenue in the UK should pay their fair share of tax. Taxation is what underpins our shared prosperity. All of us, including businesses, benefit from a healthy, educated and skilled population, with access to basic services and secure housing. I am concerned that the small...
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Since 2011, the Scottish Government has made local government funding cuts to the tune of £1.5 billion, making it impossible for councils to deliver the full range of public services that our communities need. I am also concerned by the results of the 2017 Scottish Household Survey which found that public satisfaction in public services...
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I respect and accept the outcome of the June 2016 referendum on our membership of the EU. However, this does not mean that I accept the Prime Minister’s definition of Brexit. Nor does it mean we should just automatically support the Government’s chaotic approach to the negotiations. The referendum was a vote to mandate the...
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