Results 1–20 of 1852 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Twigg

Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: The Minister referred to a 1972 inquiry. Does he recognise that a lot of the mothers who have now spoken openly would not have done so at that time, and I imagine would therefore not have had an opportunity to have their voices heard in that inquiry? That is the case for some kind of process, be it a public inquiry or some other process leading to an apology now.

Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I thank and pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral South (Alison McGovern), who set out the case for this motion incredibly powerfully. Hers will be a tough speech for me to follow. I thank the campaigners from the Movement for an Adoption Apology—known colloquially, as MAA—for their ongoing efforts, with others, to push this Government and previous Governments for...

ESA: People with Motor Neurone Disease (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I am listening carefully to the Minister. On condition-specific assessment, surely that is what the Government have done—I welcomed it—for those who are newly assessed for ESA. If it can be done for those who are newly assessed, why can it not be done for those who need a reassessment?

ESA: People with Motor Neurone Disease (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: The Minister said “expectation”. I encourage the Department to go beyond expectation and make that the policy, as the Motor Neurone Disease Association is saying: if there is a letter from the doctor, that is enough and there is no need for further reassessment.

ESA: People with Motor Neurone Disease (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I beg to move, That this House has considered employment support allowance for people with motor neurone disease. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I begin by congratulating the Minister on his return to the Department this week. I look forward to his response to my speech. I also thank the campaigners who have pressed the Government so hard to scrap all...

ESA: People with Motor Neurone Disease (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I absolutely concur and echo what my hon. Friend says. Local campaigning efforts—as well as the local support, fundraising and opportunities to meet—are what the MNDA and MND campaigns do so well. That local voice is absolutely crucial. Motor neurone disease is the umbrella term for several neurodegenerative disorders that selectively affect motor neurones. Motor neurones are the...

ESA: People with Motor Neurone Disease (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I was not aware of that change in Scotland, which sounds an excellent way of addressing the issues I will come on to. I will also set out suggestions from the MNDA regarding Department for Work and Pensions policy.

ESA: People with Motor Neurone Disease (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: My hon. Friend hits the nail on the head. It is about supporting people and their families through what are, by definition, the toughest times of their lives, and about ensuring that there are no unnecessary barriers to their living the most fulfilling life they can. I will briefly set out the basis of ESA, which will enable me to make my argument about reassessment. ESA is a benefit for...

ESA: People with Motor Neurone Disease (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I agree entirely. In fact, he anticipates what I am about to say. It is excellent that the debate has cross-party support from Back-Bench Members, so I am grateful for that intervention. Reassessments are my point of grievance with the Government. Last September, the Department announced that new claimants with the most severe disabilities who apply for ESA will be exempt from reassessment....

ESA: People with Motor Neurone Disease (11 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I agree entirely. The hon. Lady is absolutely right to say that what we are discussing affects not only motor neurone disease, but a number of other conditions. I will not take any further interventions, because I want to leave the Minister enough time to respond in this short debate. The Government have yet to give a timeframe for a review of exemptions to take place. Until that review is...

Bill Presented: International Development (Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups) (4 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision in connection with the protection of children and vulnerable adults in receipt of official development assistance and disaster relief. I am pleased to have the opportunity to present this ten-minute rule Bill. Safeguarding is one of the most important aspects of the modern workplace. Robust and comprehensive safeguarding...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Venezuela: Vulnerable People (4 Jul 2018)

Stephen Twigg: Very large numbers of people are fleeing the situation in Venezuela, particularly into neighbouring Colombia. Will the Minister tell us what the Government are doing to address that situation, and what opportunity the Government see for the proposed UN global compact for refugees to address crises such as this one?

Yemen (11 Jun 2018)

Stephen Twigg: The Minister is of course right to condemn the Houthis; I have never heard any Member of this House defend them. The reason for the focus on the Saudis and the Emiratis is that we are allied with them. Can I press him to answer the question from my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) about clearly condemning this proposed attack, and will the Prime Minister speak to...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Stephen Twigg: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Dame Cheryl Gillan); I echo everything she said about this important subject. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) on securing this important and long overdue debate, on his active leadership of the all-party group on global tuberculosis, and on his co-chairing the Global TB...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Stephen Twigg: Does the Secretary of State recognise the very deep anger among Northern Rail passengers in Liverpool and elsewhere about what has happened? Let me press him on the issue of compensation. He says that there will be a special compensation scheme. In the past week, constituents have been in touch who have had only partial compensation because they hold a Merseytravel Trio ticket and Northern...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Safeguarding (23 May 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I welcome the Secretary of State’s international leadership on this issue. What conversations has she had with United Nations institutions, where there are serious concerns about potential sexual exploitation both by peacekeepers and by civilian staff?

Internally Displaced People (25 Apr 2018)

Stephen Twigg: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Meriden (Dame Caroline Spelman) on securing this debate, and welcome the work of Christian Aid. As she rightly pointed out, the majority of displaced people around the world are internally displaced rather than refugees. Some 65 million people are displaced globally, of whom 43 million are displaced internally. I highlight one example, which is the...

Protecting Children in Conflict Areas — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (25 Apr 2018)

Stephen Twigg: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I want to declare, as relevant items in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, that I went to Jordan with Oxfam in 2015 and made two visits with RESULTS UK, which supports the work of the all-party parliamentary group on global education for all, which I now chair. I warmly congratulate the hon. Member for Dundee West...


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