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Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: As my hon. Friend the Member for West Bromwich West (Mr Bailey) pointed out, the British Chambers of Commerce has said today that its patience with the Government over Brexit is at “breaking point”. Its sense of frustration reflects accurately what trade unions and businesses across the country feel. All the British Chambers of Commerce wants are answers to some very basic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: The Chancellor does not have to worry about others undermining capitalism; the Government are doing a pretty good job themselves. When the warring factions in the Cabinet meet this weekend, it is the role of Treasury Ministers to bring them into the real world and point out to them firmly the real cost of a no-deal Brexit for jobs, the economy and all our living standards, so will the...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I shall seek to go under eight minutes if I can, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank the Speaker for allowing me to speak from the Back Benches, given the direct impact of the proposal on my constituency and my constituents, who find the whole debate heartbreaking. Occasionally in the House there are defining moments, and I think that this is a defining moment on a number of issues. It is a defining...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: It is an obvious point that we have made time and time again in the House. We have been pressing for investment in infrastructure for the existing airport, but it has not been forthcoming. We do not even know what the infrastructure plan is for the area. Last time, the infrastructure plan included a road through my local cemetery. We were meant to disinter the dead to enable access to...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I would respect the hon. Gentleman, my constituency neighbour, if he accepted a runway in his constituency south of Heathrow, but he refused. Look at how much corporation tax has been paid by this company over the past 10 years: £24 million. It has been borrowing to pay dividends more than its profit ratios. That is the nature of the company we are dealing with. It is a company and an...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: We have 9,000 people a year in London dying from air pollution, yet there is nothing in the Government proposals that goes anywhere near even thinking about tackling these issues. Those are the consequences for my community, despite all the promises they have been given that their homes would be secure. These are villages that have been there for 1,000 years, to be wiped off the face of the...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I will finish on this point, because other Members want to speak. This decision tonight will likely go through, but there will inevitably be legal challenges from a cross-party group and the London boroughs, as well as the Mayor of London. I believe, like last time, that those legal challenges will win. We will be left, yet again, with not tackling the real problem of developing a real...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Money Laundering and Criminal Finance (22 May 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I associate myself with the Chancellor’s eloquent words on the Manchester tragedy. I also commend the emergency services that operated on that day. “The Government cannot afford to turn a blind eye as kleptocrats and human rights abusers use the City of London to launder their ill-gotten funds”. Not my words but the words of yesterday’s Foreign Affairs Committee...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Money Laundering and Criminal Finance (22 May 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: That is just not good enough. We were promised a register in 2015, and we are still having to wait another three years. The Government are letting the crooks, the tax avoiders and the money launderers off the hook again. They have failed to introduce and enforce stricter due diligence for companies as registered companies, they have failed to take on the service providers that set up these...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (17 Apr 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: In advance of today’s debate on Syria, I welcome financial measures to sanction the Syrian regime. According to past Government figures, £151 million of assets belonging to leading figures in the Assad regime in Syria have been frozen by authorities here. Since then, 261 Syrian individuals have been listed as financial sanctions targets in the UK. Can the Chancellor tell the House...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (17 Apr 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I welcome the Chancellor’s response, but the problem is that the lack of transparency in our financial system makes it virtually impossible for him to know exactly how many assets linked to such regimes are owned in the UK. It is estimated that more than £5 billion of assets owned by Assad and his associates are being held overseas and, according to international reports, the UK is...

Money Laundering (19 Mar 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: (Urgent Question): To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government’s action to address dirty money being laundered in the UK.

Money Laundering (19 Mar 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I thank the Minister for his response. Twelve months ago, I raised in an urgent question the issue of the Russian laundromat, as it was called, laundering £20 billion of criminal funds through the City of London. Despite all that the Minister has said, the National Crime Agency estimates that £90 billion from the rest of the world is still laundered through the City each year, while...

Money Laundering (19 Mar 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Money Laundering (19 Mar 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker. We were hoping for a much more bipartisan approach today, but the Minister started off by making a statement in which he implied something that I do not think he wanted to imply, namely that we had not raised the issue recently. He implied that I had not raised it since, I think, 2016. On 21 March 2017, Mr Speaker, you were kind enough to allow me a very...

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I thank the Chancellor for providing me with early sight of his statement, but I have to say that his complacency today is astounding. We face in every public service a crisis on a scale that we have never seen before. Has he not listened to the doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, carers and even his own councillors? They are telling him that they cannot wait for the next Budget....

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: The Tory bully boys can shout all they want. They can make—[Interruption.]

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: The Tories can shout all they want and they can make their snide remarks, but people out there know about the crisis in our communities. The Chancellor has made great play this week of reaching a turning point in reducing the deficit and debt. That is a bit rich coming from a party that has put £700 billion on the national debt over the past eight years. It is worth remembering that this...

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: I am appealing to Tory MPs today, if they are serious about ending austerity, to vote with us this afternoon to give those children the free school meal they are entitled to. The Chancellor has shifted the deficit on to the Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary. Crime is rising, yet he has cut the number of police officers by 21,500 and the number of firefighters by 8,500, and our prisons...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Local Authority Funding (27 Feb 2018)

John Martin McDonnell: First, if you will forgive me, Mr Speaker, as we came into the Chamber we heard the news of the death of Simeon Andrews, who co-ordinated a large number of all-party groups and trade union groups, and, if we can, I would like us to send our sympathies to his family on behalf of the House. The ministerial responses we have heard demonstrate absolutely no understanding whatsoever of the crisis...


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