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Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I associate myself with the comments of all Members in relation to yesterday’s incident. It still seems completely unreal, and my thoughts are with the brave police officer outside defending us who lost his life just doing his job—it is hard to come to terms with that. Without prejudging the person who did this, I suspect that issues of social mobility might apply here. I...

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: On the issue of working hours, I find in my south-west London constituency that the bigger determinant is ethnicity. If people have travelled a long way to get here, an education is the most important thing for them. In my experience, their children do exceptionally well whatever hours they work, because they imbue them with the importance of education. The young people who go to the grammar...

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I believe that all parents aspire for their children, but some do not know how to make things happen. We know that doing more homework on more evenings is more likely to get children to where they aspire to be. The inability to connect reality and the required work with the aspiration is a problem.

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Would my hon. Friend like to thank Lord Adonis for all the work that he did on the London Challenge? Throughout all my time during the Labour Government, I found him to be the most effective and passionate Minister when it came to improving schools. He has a truly brilliant record.

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Last week, through no fault of her own, Amy and her young daughter became homeless. After months of looking for a flat, she finally went to Merton Council, which told her that it could only offer her temporary accommodation in Birmingham, 140 miles away from her job, her daughter’s school, and the friends and family who make it possible for her to be a working single mum. May I ask the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Terrorism: Armed Police Protection (6 Mar 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Does the Home Secretary agree that countering the terrorist threat begins with preventing radicalisation? She will be aware of the case of Tanveer Ahmed, who is in prison for murdering the peaceful Ahmadiyya shopkeeper, Mr Assad Shah. From his prison cell, Mr Ahmed is using the phone and letters to continue to radicalise people against Ahmadiyya Muslims. Given the increase in anti-Ahmadiyya...

Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Council (28 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: On that point, does the hon. Gentleman share my concern that failed asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka since the election of the new Government in January 2015 have reportedly been tortured, and that that continues? Information from Freedom from Torture indicates that we must keep pursuing the Government of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Council (28 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Our stance is one of assistance to President Sirisena, because he needs some countervailing pressure; it is only with that pressure that he can say to some of the forces pitted against these changes that he and Sri Lanka need to do something.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Palbociclib (22 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with metastatic breast cancer patients on the future availability of the Ibrance form of the drug palbociclib.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: On behalf of my constituent, Miss Leslie, may I ask the Secretary of State to get personally involved in her case? The victim of a house fire when she was 12 weeks old, she has no hands and has multiple physical problems. In the migration from DLA to PIP, she could not open the envelope telling her to go for her assessment. On 1 February, all her benefits ceased, and on 10 February, her...

Private Renting: Homeless and Vulnerable People (8 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I congratulate the hon. Member for Newbury (Richard Benyon) on securing this debate. I am here because I am full of rage. I am full of rage at the number of homeless families I see on a weekly basis who do nothing worse than working for their living and raising their children and who find themselves homeless because of a lack of security of tenure in the private sector. It is about time that...

Private Renting: Homeless and Vulnerable People (8 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I have a controversial view on the prevention of homelessness Bill. I believe that it is a sticking plaster and does not resolve the problem. It simply puts more demand on local authorities, which cannot cope with what they have at the moment. At the heart of the matter is supply. At the heart of it is control, whether that is control over how much rent people have to pay, some control over...

Private Renting: Homeless and Vulnerable People (8 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I will not. Increasingly, that is life for people in middle-class jobs who simply cannot get on the housing ladder and cannot rent something that is in any way affordable. When the White Paper was presented to the House yesterday, the Minister talked of families for whom rent is 50% of their income. I regularly see working families whose rent is 200% of their family income. We have a crisis....

Private Renting: Homeless and Vulnerable People (8 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the single biggest reason for homelessness in the UK, particularly in London, is eviction from assured shorthold tenancies in the private rented sector?

Private Renting: Homeless and Vulnerable People (8 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: How does the hon. Gentleman feel that the private rented sector will become a viable alternative for vulnerable tenants when rental claims under universal credit are taking an estimated nine weeks—in reality, it is three months in my part of south London—to be assessed?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Breast Cancer Drugs (7 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: What assessment he has made of how the accelerated access review will improve access to breast cancer drugs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Breast Cancer Drugs (7 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: The Minister will know that “cost-effective” is not an easy thing to define. Many women will not get access to the breast cancer drugs they need unless there is a review of how NICE assesses cost-effectiveness. Will she support an independent review of those processes, and will she say something about off-patent cancer drugs?

Kew Gardens (Leases) Bill: Jane Harrison (3 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead this debate. Before I begin, I wish to thank my hon. Friend the Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn) for championing Helen’s law in this House last year, following the tireless campaigning of Marie McCourt after her daughter Helen McCourt was murdered in 1988. This is not a speech that I would ever have wished to make. On 15 June...

Kew Gardens (Leases) Bill: Jane Harrison (3 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. The English legal system does not require a convicted murderer to admit guilt or to reveal the location of a victim’s remains before they are released on parole, after their determined tariff. It should be common sense that Kevin Doherty, like Ian Simms, the murderer of Helen McCourt, should under no circumstances be eligible to apply for parole....

Child Poverty in the Uk (Target for Reduction) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

Siobhain McDonagh: Is my hon. Friend aware of the figures that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation issued today, indicating that whereas for most of the population poverty will be decreasing by 2021, for children it will increase?


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