Sandy Martin

Former Labour MP for Ipswich


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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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Recent appearances

  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Suffolk) 5 Nov 2019

    May I, Mr Speaker, add my congratulations to those already given in respect of your elevation, both metaphorically and physically, to the speakership? Suffolk has a greater than average number of special educational needs and disability assessment cases going to tribunal; poor communication between providers and with parents; a lack of specialist placements; an inadequate resource in the...
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Suffolk) 5 Nov 2019

    The hon. Gentleman is absolutely correct; he has put his finger right on the main point. Two days ago, in response to the news that I had secured this debate, I received an email from a distressed parent. She says: “My son has been out of school for 3 years in December. He was signed off by our consultant paediatrician as medically unfit for mainstream school. He has an Education & Health...
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Suffolk) 5 Nov 2019

    I thank the hon. Gentleman and agree that underlying all of this is a lack of resource, but I think the problem is not the formula, but the overall lack of resource. I have met parents whose child had been placed in another county hundreds of miles away. I have met parents whose child is taken to school every day, but then regularly leaves the premises without any sort of supervision to...

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Former Labour MP for Ipswich

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 2017 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election

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Topics of interest

  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Transport
  • Department of Health and Social Care
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Pupils: Diabetes
  • Beverage Containers: Recycling
  • Children: Maintenance
  • Diabetes: Medical Equipment
  • Agriculture: Subsidies

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Minister (Waste and Recycling) (25 Oct 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons) (5 Feb 2018 to 6 Nov 2019)
  • Member, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 25 Feb 2019)
  • Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (11 Sep 2017 to 6 Nov 2019)

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Last updated: 5 Nov 2019.


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