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High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill (Instruction) (No. 3) (21 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: I do not think I will detain the House long. I want to say two or three things. The first is that there is an element of unreality about this debate, as there has been about many debates on Northern Powerhouse Rail and HS2 phase 2b. Mr Deputy Speaker, you may remember this as a northern MP—I am sure the Minister will remember it, too—but almost exactly 10 years ago, on 23 June, George...

High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill (Instruction) (No. 3) (21 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his very long intervention. He is obviously right. Cheryl Gillan did a fantastic job.She was opposed to HS2, and she increased the costs enormously by getting tunnels built under the hills in her constituency. Another way of looking at the economic nonsense we have had from this Government is that we do not have a high-speed route for the nation; we have an...

High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill (Instruction) (No. 3) (21 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: Indeed, but we are talking about major national infrastructure. I always hoped that HS2 would not just go to Manchester and Leeds but, for both political and transport reasons, would go to Scotland. As someone who believes in the Union between England and Scotland, I think that would help, and it would be very good transport policy, too.

High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill (Instruction) (No. 3) (21 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: I agree with the hon. Lady, and I hope I have already made that point.

High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill (Instruction) (No. 3) (21 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: I cannot answer that question. It was a Government decision, and the Minister has indicated that he will answer. I respect those who oppose HS2. This House has supported HS2, which has been in all of our manifestos. I think it is outrageous that HS2 to Manchester has been cancelled by an insulting edict from the Prime Minister. The most important point in this debate was made by my hon....

High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill (Instruction) (No. 3) (21 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: As the hon. Gentleman knows, I have a principled disagreement with him on HS2, but I respect his position. He is making a powerful case for dividing the House on this matter. Will he divide the House on it?

High Speed Rail (Crewe - Manchester) Bill (Instruction) (No. 3) (21 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: Can the Minister tell the House when Northern Powerhouse Rail will be complete?

Transport: Transport Connectivity: North-west (16 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: When will the Secretary of State improve on the timetable at the time of Gladstone?

Transport: Topical Questions (16 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: It is now exactly four months since the Avanti management were caught laughing at the Government —they are not on their own. They were laughing because they see the performance payments that the Government hand out to them as free money and a joke. When will the Secretary of State take the smile off the faces of the appalling Avanti management by finishing their contract?

Water Safety Education ( 7 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: I understand that there is agreement by John Cryer and the Minister for another hon. Member to participate in the debate. However, as is the convention for 30-minute debates, there will not be an opportunity for the Member in charge to wind up the debate.

Illegal Immigration: Costs — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] ( 7 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: Before I call Andrea Jenkyns, I have a note on the clocks. Most of them are either telling the wrong time or not working, so there will be no timing of the length of speeches. I do not think that there will be any pressure on time, because we do not have that many speakers. I am using the annunciator clock.

Illegal Immigration: Costs — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] ( 7 May 2024)

Graham Stringer: I remind hon. Members who wish to be called in the debate that they should indicate in the normal way by standing.

Lithium: Critical Minerals Supply — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (23 Apr 2024)

Graham Stringer: The hon. Lady has made two significant points in a coherent speech. First, we will not be able to make use of natural resources in this country while our energy costs remain so high, and secondly, the planning regime that we operate in makes getting permission for the extraction of any minerals very difficult. Does she agree that deep in the Government, as the hon. Member for St Austell and...

Covid-19: Response and Excess Deaths (18 Apr 2024)

Graham Stringer: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope), who has done remarkably good work on vaccine-damaged people. I co-chair his all-party parliamentary group’s sister group, the APPG on pandemic response and recovery, which has allowed me to see that we have a whole body of expert opinion before us. Medics, lawyers, experts in childcare and a whole range of...

Covid-19: Response and Excess Deaths (18 Apr 2024)

Graham Stringer: I agree with the hon. Gentleman to a point. In March, when the first decisions were made, nobody knew what was going to happen. There was a panic to go into lockdown, which was understandable while people were seeing what was going on, but very soon after that people did know. What I think was, and is, indefensible was to carry on with policies that we knew were damaging the economy and were...

Covid-19: Response and Excess Deaths (18 Apr 2024)

Graham Stringer: No, I am not surprised about that. Inquiries take a long time and their reports and recommendations often gather dust. I have never made this point before, and I hope I am not going off-piste too much, Madam Deputy Speaker, but every time there is an horrific murder of a child we get a report with 90-odd recommendations, and the question is: does that protect the next child? No, it does not....

Covid-19: Response and Excess Deaths (18 Apr 2024)

Graham Stringer: The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point, but I happen to know that in some local authorities, instructions went out to the people who were registering deaths essentially to say, “If there is a cough involved in this, we want it down as covid.” There was a different process because the health service was not working under normal—[Interruption.] If the hon. Gentleman wants to correct me, I...

Covid-19: Response and Excess Deaths (18 Apr 2024)

Graham Stringer: I am not suggesting that at all. I am suggesting that at that time, when it was difficult to examine people because there was a distance between clinicians and the people who had suffered death, there was a temptation and a view that covid should go on the death certificates. I suggest no conspiracy, though. I do not believe in conspiracies.

Covid-19: Response and Excess Deaths (18 Apr 2024)

Graham Stringer: The hon. Gentleman has made his point. I do not believe in conspiracies. I do believe that, from time to time, one gets a view, both in professions and outside professions, that pushes judgments in one particular direction. I believe there is one point on which we can reach a consensus in the debate: Government Ministers said that the vaccines were 100% safe—it was particularly egregious...

Covid-19: Response and Excess Deaths (18 Apr 2024)

Graham Stringer: I am not familiar with that particular paper, but I agree with the hon. Gentleman that nothing is ever 100% safe and vaccines have an overall benefit. I am vaccinated against covid, as I have been vaccinated against many things over my lifetime. Vaccines have made the health of this country, and countries around the world that can afford vaccines, much better over many years.


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