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EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Chris Leslie: The Secretary of State must be gutted that after not one, two, three or four, but five rounds of negotiation we still have not even a sign of this potential for a transitional arrangement, which is so essential for businesses. They are not necessarily thinking of the cliff edge in March 2019; that cliff edge is beginning at the end of this calendar year, when businesses are starting to look...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Malaysia: General Election (17 Oct 2017)

Chris Leslie: If he will encourage his counterpart in Malaysia to welcome Commonwealth observers at the forthcoming general election in that country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Malaysia: General Election (17 Oct 2017)

Chris Leslie: I welcome the Minister’s statement. Election observers can help to check that electoral registration in constituencies and districts, campaign finance and polling day are all above board. Will the Minister do what he can to help our friends in Malaysia show the entire world that these elections can be free and fair?

Written Answers — Prime Minister: Brexit (17 Oct 2017)

Chris Leslie: To ask the Prime Minister, whether it is her understanding that the Article 50 notice signifying the intention of the UK to leave the EU is revocable.

Advice Services (Nottingham) — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Leslie: On that point, the Minister is right to talk about the need for agencies to be at arm’s length from the Government and from Ministers, but I do not think that that necessarily negates the idea of their having some kind of statutory force, to give them that sense of being a function that is supported by society as a whole. If we cannot have that, we must recognise that this is a real...

Advice Services (Nottingham) — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Chris Leslie: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way on this crucial topic. Before he moves on to local government, I want to mention immigration advice services. As the MP for Nottingham East, I have constituents coming to me all the time because of the poor level of immigration advice available, as my hon. Friend has said. The law centre does not do as much as it did, so there is an expectation...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Chris Leslie: May I press the Prime Minister to clarify her answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw)? He was not asking about Government policy: he was asking a straightforward question. Have the Government have received any legal advice that the article 50 notice can be revoked?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Chris Leslie: The right hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr Paterson) talks about promises made, but I think we all remember the promises made by those campaigning to vote leave in the referendum, resulting in the Bill we have before us. They promised £350 million a week for the national health service, and I am still waiting to see that clause in the Bill. The Secretary of State for International...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Chris Leslie: I entirely agree with my right hon. and learned Friend, who has pointed out what a joke the Bill is. It sets out all those supposed safeguards, but, as my right hon. and learned Friend correctly pointed out, Ministers can make regulations to modify it. We are disappearing down an Alice in Wonderland rabbit-hole of legislation. Is it not also true that it does not matter when...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Chris Leslie: Will the Secretary of State give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Chris Leslie: rose—

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Chris Leslie: On the financial settlement, can the Secretary of State confirm that the Government will bring forward a separate and distinct vote in Parliament to authorise any billions of pounds of divorce bill from the European Union? I ask him because next Monday he is expecting the House—hon. Members will see this on the Order Paper—to vote for a money resolution, which authorises, in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Debt (18 Jul 2017)

Chris Leslie: Was it not clear from the OBR report last week that it is a hard Brexit that presents the biggest threat to our national finances? Just a 0.1% decrease in productivity could lead, over 50 years, to a 50% increase in the ratio of debt to GDP. If the reports are true that the Chancellor is prepared to champion a longer transition from the single market for the UK, such welcome news might secure...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Chris Leslie: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I want to press the Secretary of State a little on the point that the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon)—the new Chair of the Select Committee on Education—and some of my hon. Friends have mentioned: where in the Department is the money coming from? It sounds as though the Secretary of State will be robbing Peter to pay Paul from within central...

Schools: Nottingham (12 Jul 2017)

Chris Leslie: I am grateful that my hon. Friend has secured this debate. She will know my constituent, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who last year won the BBC young musician of the year contest, as he went to Trinity School, a secondary school in her constituency. He is a great example of the sort of specialism and expertise that young people in our city can achieve. My concern more broadly is that all those...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Exiting the EU (11 Jul 2017)

Chris Leslie: Yesterday, the Prime Minister’s spokesman was reported as saying that, “the transition rules could involve the European Court of Justice for a limited time…that’s all a matter for negotiation.” That is the quote that was reported. So can the Foreign Secretary confirm this change in Government policy, and set out the rationale behind it?

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Electoral Fraud (5 Jul 2017)

Chris Leslie: But surely the time has come for automatic electoral registration. How can it possibly be fair that, according to the Office for National Statistics, in my inner-city Nottingham constituency, less than three quarters of adults are on the electoral register, but in the Minister’s constituency, over 97% of adults are? Is not the real electoral fraud those policies that stand in the way of...

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