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Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: It is so easy to despair. In politics, especially, how often do we obsess about small differences rather than about the biggest challenges? Too often, we are interested by the internal workings of Westminster power, and we stop looking outwards. We turn away from the world and in on ourselves, but that is a mistake. Our country is internationalist in outlook and, to us, all people matter,...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: I will say more about internationalism shortly. Some people will say that the conflict is not our fight, and we should leave it to those who are closer by. For those who feel strongly, it is tempting to offer a counsel of despair and walk away. It is much harder to set about dealing with violent threats in a complicated context where the risks are high. In response, I say that we all want...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: As I have said, in answering the question of whether we should do anything or nothing, we have to ask ourselves what good we can do. Conflict in the middle east seems to invite comparisons, but although we should learn from history, the search for patterns and repetition can be misleading. There is no reason why the future should necessarily be like the past. In fact, our job is to make sure...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: Thank you, Mr Speaker. We were able to help a handful of the most vulnerable people from Syria to take refuge in our country. I would like to ask whether we can do more. The refugee crisis now is colossal. This country must live up to its obligations and our moral duty to help those who have done nothing to cause the conflict and are innocent victims of it. Victims of violence in Iraq need...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: That must be one of the more curious attempts I have made to intervene on the hon. Gentleman. I cannot quite work out why he has allowed me to intervene now, but as he has, perhaps I might ask him, first, if he will congratulate the last Labour Government on their actions on gift aid and recognise the impact it has had, as has been pointed out. Also, is his argument really that there is no...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: rose—

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Opposition are saddened by the loss of Lord Bannside, the former Member of Parliament for North Antrim. My colleagues and I support most deeply the words of the hon. Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan) and the Minister. Our thoughts are with Lord Bannside’s family. We send them our deepest sympathies, most particularly his son, the...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Relief Effort (Gaza) (3 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: I welcome the right hon. Gentleman to his new role and pay tribute to his predecessor. The 3,000 injured children in Gaza and the 100,000 Palestinians made homeless whom the Minister mentioned need uninterrupted help from humanitarian agencies such as the Red Cross. The situation is still urgent. What specific steps has he taken with the Foreign Office and others to encourage both Israeli and...

Written Answers — Treasury: Banks: Pay (2 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has made to institutions of the EU on the cap on bank bonuses.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (1 September 2014)

Alison McGovern: A constituent of mine, an older, experienced woman, recently told me that when she was made redundant she got barely any help from our local jobcentre. It was therefore no surprise to me to see recent figures showing that the Work programme is getting a job for only one in eight workers over 50. Who is going to fix that—those who are running the Work programme or Ministers?

[Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Refugee Camps (22 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: It is a pleasure to serve under your stewardship, Mr Sanders. I congratulate the hon. Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham) on securing this important debate, and I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting time for us to discuss the vital issue of refugees and the conditions in the camps where so many have no choice but to reside. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for...

Bill Presented — Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill: Political Party Policy Costings (Office for Budget Responsibility) (16 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011 to allow the Office for Budget Responsibility to scrutinise and certificate the policy costings of political parties represented in the House of Commons. This Bill would allow the Office for Budget Responsibility independently to audit tax and spending measures in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Primary Care (Older People) (15 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: The Secretary of State mentioned integration. Good care and support for older people in their own homes are vital, yet a constituent visited me recently to say that she simply could not find a decent trustworthy care company to look after her relative. Will the Secretary of State join me in calling for all local authorities to sign up to the ethical care charter?

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what processes his Department has agreed to enable housing associations to be informed when tenants migrate to universal credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Household Disposable Incomes (9 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: If he will estimate the average change in disposable income for families in Wales since May 2010.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Household Disposable Incomes (9 July 2014)

Alison McGovern: I am not sure that the Minister shared many detailed statistics with the House in that answer. Perhaps he will say a little more. The economies of Merseyside and north Wales are inextricably linked, so what is bad for north Wales is bad for Merseyside. That is why I would like to know just how much damage the Government have done to the incomes of people in north Wales.

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