MP, City of Durham
Roberta Blackman-Woods never rebelled against their party in this parliament
Figures from a recent National Audit Office report showed that the Government were so desperate to inflate their record on the disposal of public land for new homes that they included land released as long ago as 1997 by the Labour Government. Will the Minister tell the House how on earth the Government propose to reach the higher target of 150,000 homes with no one else’s record to plunder?
It is a pleasure to speak in this debate. This topic is one of the most important facing our country. We must skill the next generation for the jobs of the future. I am pleased to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Walton (Steve Rotheram), who set out clearly some of those challenges. We know that the UK is facing the worst skills crisis for a generation, with skills levels...
I agree with my hon. Friend that it was a hugely retrograde step to get rid of Aimhigher, as indeed it was to scrap other measures that supported young people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, into taking up opportunities in further and higher education. The CBI cites major skills shortages in STEM subjects as being a major barrier to growth, while the Royal Academy of Engineering...
Labour MP for City of Durham
Entered the House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election
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