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Results 1–20 of 5202 for speaker:Jim Murphy

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Windfall Tax (2 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for allowing me to make my maiden speech during the first Budget debate under a Labour Government for nearly two decades. I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak in such an important debate. One thing that has struck me about the maiden speeches made so far by hon. Members on both sides of the House is the way in which those hon. Members have made their...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Windfall Tax (2 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I will not respond to that sedentary intervention. John Shanks's enduring contribution to all our lives is such that any hon. Member who visits any public convenience, even in the House of Commons, will be aware of his craftsmanship. Although Eastwood may not be the tourist centre of the United Kingdom, it is, perhaps, the most convenient area in the United Kingdom. Other persons of note in...

School Standards (7 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: The White Paper will set out an agenda for educating the final generation of schoolchildren in this millennium. I should like to hear more today about my right hon. Friend's and the Government's plans for the use of new technology, so that everyone has a fair opportunity in the next millennium.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (10 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I should like to speak in support of the Bill and the measures in it, but before I do so I should like to pay credit to the hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr. Paterson), who made a maiden speech of much interest and detail, although many of his arguments were flawed. I should like to pick up on two issues that he raised; first, the serious matter of his missing fridge and, secondly, his...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I have listened with interest to the hon. Gentleman's version of political theory. Does he apply that analysis to the Conservative party's pledge on VAT on domestic fuel? Will he take the opportunity to apologise for the previous Government—his party—introducing VAT on domestic fuel, or is it only the current Government who have to keep their pledges?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: That is not an answer. [Interruption.] Well, it is an answer, but it is not an answer to my question. Does not the fact that the increase in VAT was not in the Conservative manifesto make it even worse? The manifesto did not contain that pledge, and no mention was made of it; yet the previous Prime Minister stood at the Dispatch Box and announced that VAT on fuel would be introduced. Had it...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I am grateful for this opportunity to speak in the debate. I shall attempt to be brief—a lesson that I am learning from listening to the less than factual contributions of many Conservative Members. I welcome the broad thrust of the Finance Bill. Having listened to this debate for many hours this evening, I welcome the fact that the guillotine has been used. If Labour Members had to sit...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that interjection. The Labour party takes a balanced approach to those issues. We are talking about a 5 per cent. reduction, whereas the previous Government brought about a 10 per cent. reduction. We are moving away from boom and bust towards long-term economics. I believe that the hon. Gentleman will be one of the next speakers in the debate and I look forward...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Mortgage Interest Payments (15 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that interjection. He clearly did not read our manifesto in detail, or the 12 ft by 8 ft posters about our tax policy, which were put up throughout the country. I was grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his compliments on my speech; he will be aware that, thus far, I have not complimented him on his speech, because it was devoid of coherent argument. I hope that...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: On a point of order, Mr. Martin. I understood that we were discussing amendments to the Finance Bill and not fox hunting. I would ask the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne) to concentrate on the matter at hand.

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I understand that the hon. Gentleman has already declared a corporate interest in receiving the gift from BUPA for private medical insurance. Does he believe that it is correct, just and in the interests of the health service that the majority of pensioners in his constituency subsidise a very small minority who benefit from this relief? Indeed, does that not show that the Government are...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I thank the hon. Gentleman. I wish to raise a different point, as he has moved on. I understand that, in 1994, the previous Government brought about changes. Did the previous Government have consultations such as those identified in the amendments this evening, or did they simply ride roughshod over the opinion of the constituents whom the hon. Gentleman now represents? I would appreciate an...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill: Withdrawal of Relief on Medical Insurance Premiums (16 Jul 1997)

Jim Murphy: I only rise to speak when the hon. Gentleman's comments bear some comparison with the name of the colleague of mine whom he mentioned earlier—Mr. Balls.


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