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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Industry (15 Jan 2018)

Stephen Hepburn: In any defence contract, what conditions do the Government put in to ensure the use of British labour, new apprenticeships and British components?

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: The hon. Gentleman mentioned mandatory reconsiderations. Is he aware that Department for Work and Pensions staff are informing people that mandatory reconsiderations will be delayed over Christmas because of the excess workload they face? Through him, can I ask the Minister to transfer staff from bringing in the sanctions and stopping the money, to the mandatory reconsiderations, so that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (4 Dec 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: Councils in the north-east such as Gateshead Council and South Tyneside Council have seen their central Government grant cut by 50%, forcing them to axe 4,000 good jobs. The Government’s so-called jobs bonanza in the north through the northern powerhouse has created jobs, but two out of every three of those jobs are on temporary, insecure and zero-hours contracts. Is that how the...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: We were told that this Budget was going to be a game-changer. We were informed that it would lead to a bright future. I would just like to know, for who? This Budget should have been about tackling the emergency crisis in our public services such as the NHS, where dissatisfaction is up, waiting lists are up and waiting times are up. In fact, the only thing that is down is staff morale, which...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman give way?

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: I welcome today’s statement, not least because it gives an opportunity to A&P Tyne in my constituency, which did fantastic work on the aircraft carrier. I am sure that A&P will be considered for further work, but will the Secretary of State assure me that that will be the case? Also, why does he not insist that British steel and components are used whenever possible, in order...

Saudi Arabia: Anticipated Executions (17 Jul 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: I hear what the Minister is saying about talking to, asking questions of and advising the Saudi Government, but should not the UK Government stop pussying around on this matter and demand that these executions do not go ahead? Those people were just protesting innocently and honestly for a fair society.

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: Will my hon. Friend give way?

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: My hon. Friend is very generous. Just to place the numbers in context, is he aware that more than 4,000 women in the Jarrow constituency alone have been robbed of their thoughts of a happy retirement? That has been stolen from them by a Tory Government, who are more willing to give a £1 billion bung to the DUP to save their necks in government than they are to look after people who have...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: I wholeheartedly support the vibrant campaigns to save our precious NHS and social care that are going on around the country, not least in South Tyneside. These are some of the noblest causes our country has. These things are under threat from austerity, and I want to raise a few issues today. First, it is disgraceful that on the 69th anniversary of the NHS we are talking about the possible...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (25 Apr 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: Under this Government, poor people have had their legal aid cut by 40% and thousands upon thousands of people have been denied an employment tribunal because they cannot afford it. Are the Government proud to be on the side of the rich, the powerful and the bad bosses?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (24 Apr 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: The Minister will know that, since 2010, the Tories have stolen 40% of South Tyneside Council’s grant and 46% of Gateshead Council’s grant. The victims of this crime are obviously the hard-working people in the area. Would the Minister like to take this opportunity to apologise to them for this shabby Conservative crime?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Infrastructure Development (18 Apr 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: This Government cannot even begin to pretend that they are interested in boosting infrastructure outside London and the south-east. We need only look at transport spending to prove that. In London, transport spending is £1,000 per head; in the north-east it is not even £300. Does that not tell us about the Government’s record and their priorities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (27 Mar 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: What steps his Department is taking to ensure that personal independence payment assessments are undertaken fairly and efficiently.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments (27 Mar 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: We have all had cases like that, but cannot it only be an arrogant Tory Government who ignore legal decisions that override expert medical opinion in order to deprive people with mental health issues of the right to benefits? What level of cuts has the Minister promised the Chancellor in order to get this policy through?

Petition - Walk-in Services at the Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre, Leicester: Equality and Human Rights Commission (1 Mar 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: I am attending tonight’s debate after I was made aware of this very serious situation. Is the hon. Gentleman really telling the House that the body established by the Government to look after, safeguard and monitor the rights of the citizens of this country is acting in such a scandalous way? If it is, does he not think that this is a clear road map of where this Government are taking...

National Shipbuilding Strategy — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (8 Feb 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate on a very important issue. He mentions the aircraft carriers. Let me respectfully advise the Minister that shipbuilding and ship repairs are still very much alive on the Tyne and that my local yard, A&P Tyne, has played a key role in getting those ships on time, within budget and with excellent quality. In the light of John...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Feb 2017)

Stephen Hepburn: The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has said that £4.6 billion has been cut from social care budgets since 2010. Does the Prime Minister take any responsibility for the pain and the distress that the Tories have inflicted on poor, vulnerable old people being denied their rightful care? Yes or no?

Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Nov 2016)

Stephen Hepburn: I know the Prime Minister is handed happy briefs to read out, but can I tell her that she has been wrong on the national health service for weeks now? If she came to South Tyneside hospital, she would see services closing, she would see patients worried and she would see staff demoralised, so when is she going to get a grip of those bean counters who are committing criminal damage on the...

Transport: North-east (23 Nov 2016)

Stephen Hepburn: I am very interested in that point about how busy the Metro is. Is my hon. Friend aware that Network Rail maintains the principal part of the rail tracks that the metro runs on, as well as the rest of the rail tracks in the north-east? Does she agree that we should press the Minister to assure us that Network Rail will not be privatised again, as has been widely reported in the national...

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