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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Apr 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: As you know, Mr Speaker, this morning the Prime Minister called a general election. She is breaking her commitment not to hold an early election, which was made only weeks ago. She has blamed Brexit, she has blamed our European neighbours and she has blamed the Opposition parties, but the real truth is that after seven wasted years of failure the Tories have failed to close the deficit; they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Apr 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: There we have it: not one word of apology—no contrition whatsoever—from a Chancellor who has broken his promises to the British people and is still failing to deliver on a manifesto on which he was elected only 23 months ago. The Government are entering this election having scheduled £70 billion-worth of tax giveaways—for whom? It is for the super-rich and for the...

Money Laundering: British Banks (21 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: (Urgent Question): To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on allegations of money laundering against British banks.

Money Laundering: British Banks (21 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I hope that the Minister recognises the immense gravity of the situation that we are facing, because I believe that his statement reflects complacency on the part of the Government. Let me go through the allegations, which are of the deepest concern. First, it is alleged that, via an operation referred to as the “global laundromat”, banks based in Britain have been used to launder...

Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (15 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: This is chaos. It is shocking and humiliating that the Chancellor has been forced to come here to reverse a key Budget decision announced less than a week ago. If the Chancellor had spent less time writing stale jokes for his speech and the Prime Minister less time guffawing like a feeding seal on the Treasury Bench, we would not have been landed in this mess. Let us be clear: this was a...

Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (15 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: Oh, dear me. You just, in a week, reversed a decision—

Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (15 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: Read your own manifesto.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Community Interest Companies (13 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of the community interest companies referred to in the advice given by Treasury officials to Ministers in preparation for the Autumn Statement of 2015 as indicated by the response to the Freedom of Information request to a member of Community Energy England dated 30 September 2016 (reference R52/16) are (a) community benefit societies and (b)...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I hope that the good humour continues, Mr Speaker, but we will see. I admire the hon. Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker) for his creativity at all times in raising matters. You and I, Mr Speaker, have watched Budget debates in this Chamber for more than 20 years now. As you probably know, I have referred to the iron law of Budgets: the louder the cheers for the Chancellor on Budget day, the...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: The right hon. Gentleman raises a valid point about bogus self-employment. We thought that the Chancellor might have mentioned that in his statement, but he never referred to it. That needs to be addressed, because many people are forced or manipulated into self-employment. Bogus self-employment needs to be tackled, and we have campaigned for that along with a number of organisations,...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I will tell a quick anecdote. I was on the tube a month ago when a worker got on and sat down next to me. He was in his overalls as he was on the night shift. He had worked for Tube Lines before the company went bust. He is a rail maintenance worker, which is a skilled job, but he is now employed by an agency and does not know whether he will have work tomorrow, the next day or whenever. He...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I find it interesting that the response to yesterday’s statement has been anxiety right across the political spectrum. I hope that the Chancellor is listening. I hope that the Labour party and others in the House will combine with some Conservatives who are concerned and that we will force the Chancellor to think again. The Chancellor says that he is concerned about the gap between...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I always respect the hon. Gentleman’s interventions because he seeks to find solutions.

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: Exactly. It is exactly as my hon. Friend says from a sedentary position. The Labour party tried the bipartisan approach. Hon. Members worked in good faith to seek a long-term resolution to this matter. They looked at a range of options, but halfway through the discussions we were, to be frank, betrayed. Instead of a bipartisan approach, it became a political campaign of the worst order. That...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: That is a process of bringing MPs together as individuals, not as party representatives—let us be absolutely clear about that. We look forward to any proposals that come forward for consideration from any source. If we can find a practical way forward, we certainly will. The most important thing at the moment is that we have an emergency at the moment. We need £2 billion now, not...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: As always, my hon. Friend has pre-empted my remarks. Not only did the Government fail to address social care yesterday, but they failed to address in any way the crisis in our NHS. It was completely ignored. Ahead of the autumn statement, Labour and others were warning that the NHS was in crisis. It was in crisis before the winter, but the Chancellor could not find a single penny for the NHS...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his campaign, which he has stuck with for a number of years. I remember him saying that some years ago under a previous Secretary of State. Assurances were given about investment in preventive medicine and so on, but then what happened? We had an unnecessary £3 billion reorganisation imposed from the top and the money was lost. I regret that my...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (9 Mar 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: In a past life, as chief executive of the Association of London Government, I was responsible for managing European funds for London, including the European regional development fund, the European social fund and a range of other funds. I know what contribution those funds make. I also know how much investment they prise in from elsewhere, what match funding is required and how to build...


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