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Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Trade Union Bill (14 Sep 2015)

Michael Meacher: This is a Bill of naked discrimination against the trade unions, designed to cut the funding of the Labour party severely and, thus, to entrench the Tory party in power, as well as to make it almost impossible to strike in certain industrial sectors. However, it is worth quoting the stated purposes of the Bill, which the Government pretend are their motives. The first is to “pursue our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy (20 Jul 2015)

Michael Meacher: Given the explicit parliamentary prohibition against British military action in Syria, is it not irrelevant whether or not British aircrews are embedded in US forces? In view of the gravity of this secret deployment—a possible mission creep towards war without a mandate—does the Secretary of State not recognise that the system of ministerial accountability to this House behoves him not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Jul 2015)

Michael Meacher: If this is such a great economic recovery, why are wages still 6% below the pre-crisis level of seven years ago? Why was the growth rate in the last quarter a mere 0.4%? Why has productivity been flat for five years? Why is UK investment as a proportion of GDP one of the lowest in the world? And why is the balance of payments in traded goods now in deficit by £100 billion a year?

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Michael Meacher: It falls to me to comment on the excellent maiden speeches that we have just listened to. The hon. Member for Kensington (Victoria Borwick) made a lovely, warm and engaging speech, with some generous recollections of her predecessor. She need not feel trepidation in following him. We will all remember the emotional and feeling way in which she talked about carers and the disabled. She will...

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Michael Meacher: I would like to ask the hon. Gentleman—although I am not inviting him to come back in—how he would explain the fact that in the latest quarter the growth rate was 0.4%, up from 0.3%. In the last three quarters it has gone down from 0.9% to 0.6%, and then to 0.3% or 0.4%. It was clearly a short-term growth surge, which is now fading. We all regard productivity as crucial, but the UK’s...

Bill Presented — National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (14 Jul 2015)

Michael Meacher: My hon. Friend makes a good point, and I will come on to comparing what the Government have achieved with what the Chancellor said in 2010. Bearing in mind that it takes between 12 and 18 months for Budget measures to work their way through the economy fully, we should remember that Alistair Darling cut the deficit from its peak of £154 billion to just £114 billion by the fourth quarter of...

Local Government Finance (Tameside and Oldham) (23 Jun 2015)

Michael Meacher: Will the Minister give way on that point?

Local Government Finance (Tameside and Oldham) (23 Jun 2015)

Michael Meacher: Will the Minister give way?

Local Government Finance (Tameside and Oldham) (23 Jun 2015)

Michael Meacher: For the third time, will the Minister give way?

Local Government Finance (Tameside and Oldham) (23 Jun 2015)

Michael Meacher: On that point, I ask the Minister for a fourth time to give way.

Local Government Finance (Tameside and Oldham) (23 Jun 2015)

Michael Meacher: Can we get to the real point of this debate, which is that Oldham in particular, which I and my hon. Friend represent, is having to take a £200 million cut by 2017, as my hon. Friend said? In this current year, it is having its spending power cut by 4.3%, whereas Oxfordshire, which happens to contain the Prime Minister’s constituency, has an increase of 1.3%, and Cheshire East Council,...

Business of the House: The Economy (4 Jun 2015)

Michael Meacher: I pay tribute to the speech by my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband), in terms of both content and statesmanship. He was a fine leader who was largely misrepresented and misunderstood, and I think he had admirable vision and conviction. He will be sorely missed, but I hope that many of his principles, convictions and values will be incorporated not only into...

Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2015)

Michael Meacher: The Chancellor did not deliver a Budget last week; he delivered a party political broadcast on behalf of the Tory party. The macro-economic state of our country, which is the real purpose of a Budget statement, was almost entirely absent. His speech had two purposes: first, to give the impression that the worst of austerity was now over and that the sunny uplands now beckon if only we vote...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Autumn Statement (3 Dec 2014)

Michael Meacher: With average wages still suffering the longest and biggest fall since Victorian times, productivity still one of the lowest in the OECD, business investment still flat and below pre-crisis levels, the deficit on traded goods now the biggest in British history and, to cap it all, the budget deficit is clearly beginning to rise because of the fall in tax receipts, how can the Chancellor,...

Backbench Business: Inequality (27 Nov 2014)

Michael Meacher: This has inevitably been a rather short and truncated debate, but a useful one for all that. I think it fair to say that there is broad cross-party agreement that inequality is now out of control and further action needs to be taken. My hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mr Wright) made the essential point that an increase in the ratio between top and bottom from 11:1 to 116:1, within...

Backbench Business: Inequality (27 Nov 2014)

Michael Meacher: Does the Minister accept that, despite the good intentions of the Business Secretary’s reforms, the fact that they have not actually been exercised suggests that we need to go significantly further and that that is probably because of the excessive influence of very wealthy fund managers and, in particular, because the work force has no say at all? Does she believe that the work force...

Backbench Business: Inequality (27 Nov 2014)

Michael Meacher: I beg to move, That this House calls on the Government to set guideline targets for remuneration which over time reduce the ratio between top and bottom incomes in large organisations to no more than 50 to 1. Even at this rather late hour, when the first debate would normally be drawing to a close, I am nevertheless grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for granting this debate on...

Opposition Day: [10th alloted day] — The Economy (26 Nov 2014)

Michael Meacher: On 3 December, the Chancellor will be confronted with a whole array of facts and statistics that he never intended or expected to see. Like an echolaliac obsessive, he has constantly repeated on every available occasion—it has been the same today—that the Government have a long-term economic plan. So was it the Government’s long-term economic plan that average wages should fall by an...

Backbench Business: Money Creation and Society (20 Nov 2014)

Michael Meacher: Before the Minister leaves the question of a sovereign monetary system, which she obviously totally opposes and to which she raised several objections that I cannot answer in an intervention, does she not believe that the system of bank money creation is highly pro-cyclical and has enormously benefited property and financial sectors to the disadvantage of the vast range of industries outside...

Backbench Business: Money Creation and Society (20 Nov 2014)

Michael Meacher: I am pleased the Minister thinks that alternative ways of improving the monetary system should be explored. Will she support the idea of a setting up a commission to examine the alternatives, as recommended by the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith), as well as by me—so there is some cross-part support on this? Is that not an idea whose time has come?


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