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Intelligence and Security Committee Report on Russia (5 Nov 2019)

Jim Cunningham: Congratulations on your election, Mr Speaker. I have noted that two or three times the Minister has said that there has been no successful penetration into the British electoral system. Does that imply that there has been unsuccessful penetration into the electoral system, and is that one of the reasons why the report has not been published?

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I would need to check it out, but I understand that there may be an appeal on that ruling, so I do not think that the matter is finished.

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I beg to move, That this House has considered bus passes for 1950s women. Thank you very much for chairing the debate, Sir Christopher. You and I have known each other a long time, and this is probably one of the last debates in which I will take part in the House of Commons. I thought that I might end my political activities by raising an issue that is very important to about 4 million women...

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. As I understand it, a number of WASPI women or women born in the early 1950s have submitted complaints and given evidence to the parliamentary ombudsman, but we do not know the outcome of that yet; we will have to wait and see. The state pension is not a benefit, or a lottery win that people get once they retire. The state pension is the...

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I fully agree. The factors that I have set out mean that many of these women are already at a financial disadvantage. The Conservatives’ changes to the state pension age only add to that. The WASPI women have put up an excellent fight against the injustices, but the Government have refused to admit their mistakes or address the problem. The May Administration and now the Johnson...

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: It is a problem, but an additional point is that central Government could fund the bus passes and not leave that to local authorities. We all know that at the moment local authorities are cash-strapped, to say the least. I will not go down that road, but I emphasise that the Government should compensate local authorities for the bus passes.

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I agree with my hon. Friend on those credits, but I think that what he refers to can only be an interim measure. We have to look at the longer term and putting the injustice right. Interim measures are all right, provided that they are not permanent. When they become permanent, we perpetuate the injustice, frankly. That is why today I call on the Government to give these women the small...

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I do not disagree with my hon. Friend.

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I agree wholeheartedly. For women who are isolated, live on their own and do not have children, the bus pass is a means of communicating with the outside world. Without it, they find themselves trapped at home, friendless in some instances. People living on their own is a major issue in this country.

Bus Passes: 1950s-born Women — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (30 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I agree. We could go a step further. I do not know if the Minister has any input on the Conservative manifesto, but if he has, my hon. Friend has just given him a good idea to put in it. Free travel around their towns and cities would allow 1950s women to save a great deal of money on travel while in the limbo period between their working life and the point at which they will receive their...

Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights (29 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: Thank you, Mr Speaker. We now have a situation, under this Government, where we actually have the working poor. We all want to know what the Government’s intentions are regarding workers’ rights. All we have to look at is the Trade Union Bill that one of the Leader of the House’s colleagues tried to take through the House last year. What value or credibility can we give to any of the...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (29 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: With your indulgence, Mr Speaker, can I follow on from my hon. Friend the Member for Worsley and Eccles South (Barbara Keeley), our Front-Bench spokes- person, and say that you have been a fantastic Speaker? You and I first got together on the Trade and Industry Committee about 20 years ago, and I recall, before you became Speaker, suggesting to you that you might want to stand for...

Business of the House (24 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I know that the Leader of the House is quite well up on history. Will he talk to the Secretary of State for Defence about the names of the five new frigates? Since 1658, there has always been an HMS Coventry. Indeed, HMS Coventry was sunk in the Falklands war, with the loss of 19 crewmen and 30-odd injuries. Will he have a word with his right hon. Friend, to get one of those new frigates...

Transport: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: Following on from previous speakers on the taxi issue, we have been raising it now for well over 12 months, probably nearer two years. We have had Adjournment debates and questions on it. It is not good enough for the Secretary of State now to say that we are going out to consultation on some minor parts of it. We should have the full report and it should be debated in this House and amended...

Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: When is the Prime Minister going to sort out the difference between the BBC and the Government in relation to his party’s manifesto commitment at the last general election to maintain free television licences for the over-75s? When is something going to be done about this?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: Like my right hon. Friend, we in Coventry have many issues with young people and knife crime, and some instances of more serious crimes. Does he agree that it is totally illogical that the Government rejected the previous Bill and expect us all to support a Bill that makes people worse off? People in Coventry and the west midlands are concerned about their jobs and funding for universities.

British Children: Syria (22 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: Children’s services in this country are overstretched at the moment. Will the Minister ensure that adequate resources are made available to deal with this situation? Is he waiting for a ruling from the courts in relation to British nationality? He has talked about unaccompanied children, but that ruling could mean that there are accompanied children. Does he have contingency plans for that?

Defence: Defence Industry (21 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: What steps he is taking to support the UK defence industry.

Defence: Defence Industry (21 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: Can the Secretary of State tell us the future value of contracts to British companies such as GKN and Rolls-Royce and the future cost of those contracts?

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Jim Cunningham: I was one of those who worked in industry in Coventry during the period of the Thatcher Government when, as my right hon. and learned Friend, like his father, will know, every week we saw thousands of jobs lost in the motor car industry. Big companies such as Jaguar Land Rover are very worried about the industry’s future, bearing in mind that they will have certain things to prove and that...


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