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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Graham Stringer: I am grateful for your comments, Mr Hanson. You are right I have not been present in this particular debate for the whole time, but I have been in many of the debates and this is the first time I have stood up to speak on the issue. I shall not detain the Committee for very long. Following on from the comments made by my hon. Friend the Member for Stockton South (Dr Williams), of course...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Graham Stringer: I have to say that I found it a bit curious, having voted for a referendum for many years, to find all my Labour colleagues finally in the same Lobby as me. The argument given by the leadership at the time was that the election had been lost, the public had voted by a majority for a referendum and it was going to recognise that. On the financial issues, I am always in favour of transparency,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Graham Stringer: I do not know what decisions will be made. I believe that the Government are likely to pay too much. Let us ask ourselves: why would we be paying money so that the rest of the EU can trade with us and every year sell us £70 billion more in goods than we are selling to the EU? Why is that a deal that we should be keen to support? I suspect that the Government will come back and put it...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Graham Stringer: I hope that my hon. Friend was listening to me when I was arguing in favour of transparency. I was arguing against the particular wording of these amendments, which I believe to be biased. Of course we should be transparent about what things cost, and we should have the right to have a view and determine what we think about that. Who could argue against that? All I am saying is that, if we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Graham Stringer: I am sorry about this, Mr Hanson. I will not give way again after this intervention, because I did say that I would not take much time.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Graham Stringer: There could be a very long answer to that question, which I will not give. All I will say is that the EU—and this is one of my reasons for voting to leave it—has had a hostile view to democracy and national sovereignty from its very conception. I believe that we should have solidarity with those countries that are moving towards democracy and improving the rights of their...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Graham Stringer: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the logic of the Lib Dems’ position—which they certainly did not put forward on Second Reading of the Bill that introduced the provisions for the referendum—is that we should have three referendums? In that way, it could be the best of three, or they could carry on until they got the result they wanted.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Graham Stringer: I remind hon. Members who wish to intervene on the Minister that there are 10 minutes left. I am sure that people would like to hear from the Chair of the Petitions Committee after the Minister. Time is now beginning to get tight.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Graham Stringer: We now move on to the Front-Bench spokespeople. I remind hon. Members that the Chair of the Petitions Committee, the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones), will wind up the debate after the three Front-Benchers have spoken.

Maternity Safety Strategy (28 Nov 2017)

Graham Stringer: This is a very welcome statement. The Secretary of State will know of the very disturbing cases over the past few years in the Pennine health trust. Will he make space within the legislation for retrospective investigations where there have been a number of cases, as in the Pennine trust?

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Graham Stringer: The key to any successful industrial policy must be low and competitive energy costs. Energy costs in the United States have halved, and the reductions in China and India have been similar, but ours have gone up. How will the Secretary of State change that damaging trend?

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Graham Stringer: The Minister does himself no credit when says that this is a tribal issue. I direct him to three reports—not one or two—by the cross-party Science and Technology Committee that criticised his Government’s Home Office for not consulting Professor Silverman, who was the scientific adviser to the Home Office. I also suggest that he reads the evidence—three...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Graham Stringer: As ever, my hon. Friend makes a rational case, but can he tell me what he would do with extremely damaging and bad EU regulations? I will give him two examples: the electromagnetic field directive stops the use of the scanners in our hospitals and the clinical trials directive is so burdensome that it stops drugs coming on to the market for up to 10 years. Surely he would not want us to be...

House of Lords Reform: Lord Speaker’s Committee — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Graham Stringer: I have been following the hon. Gentleman’s arguments and facts carefully, and he is making an extremely powerful case. I have no intention of going to the House of Lords—nor will I be invited, I guess. There is another case for not reforming the House of Lords. Some of us believe it is an affront to democracy and should be abolished. Reforming it gives it greater credibility. Does...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Graham Stringer: Order. We have just over an hour left, but I remind hon. Members that interventions should be short and to the point.

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Graham Stringer: That is a matter of fact, not a point of order relating to the debate.

Taxation: Beer and Pubs — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (31 Oct 2017)

Graham Stringer: rose—

Taxation: Beer and Pubs — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (31 Oct 2017)

Graham Stringer: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Taxation: Beer and Pubs — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (31 Oct 2017)

Graham Stringer: The hon. Gentleman makes a profound point about the importance of pubs to rural villages, but does he agree that pubs in inner-city areas are just as important to the local community? There has been a migration of licences from inner-city areas into city centres, which has denuded our inner cities of many of the benefits of public houses.


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