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Nuclear Sector Deal — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (11 Jul 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: I apologise for being late, Mr Owen. I had a supply chain meeting. I invite the hon. Gentleman to come to Hinkley C—I mean that sincerely. I will host him and I will show him around the site and what is going on at Hinkley C so that he can see on the ground what is happening there and at the National College for Nuclear. I think that it would give him a new perspective on the situation.

Business of the House (5 Jul 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: My constituents are currently being denied their legal rights to inspect the accounts of their local authority. Taunton Deane Borough Council’s spending data is currently a whole year out of date. My constituents have only a 30-day period in which to inspect the accounts. The council has blamed—believe it or not—a computer error. I am afraid that this is outrageous. The...

Pet Theft — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Jul 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman is reading out the figures. One problem that we have, with regard to gun dogs mainly, is that they are being stolen for three purposes: first, to be pets, which is straightforward; secondly, for dog fighting, which is horrific; and thirdly, for puppy farms, mainly but not exclusively in the Republic of Ireland. Will the hon. Gentleman continue what he is...

Business of the House (21 Jun 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: May we please have a debate about how councils deal with Travellers? This week, we have had an enormous invasion in Taunton, which affects my constituency because it is a joint council, at a company called Summerfield. They mucked up the park and ride in another part of the town and have now set up home in the council’s old headquarters, which is costing £11 million to refurbish....

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: Will the Minister say these wonderful words: there should be a referendum?

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: I will be very brief; I promise I will not wind up the debate, Mr Hollobone. I am confused, because the Minister says that there must be local involvement, but also that local stakeholders must support the proposals. Most of west Somerset’s local stakeholders are not based in the county, funnily enough. Ambulance services are based in Devon, the fire brigade is based in, I think, north...

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: I beg to move, That this House has considered Somerset County Council’s plans for unitary status. Thank you for calling me, Mr Hollobone. I am delighted to see my hon. Friend the Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) in his place, joining me today. This is an important subject to us, because it concerns the county of Somerset. A fortnight ago, the leader of the county council came to Westminster...

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: He says from a sedentary position that he was not, so that is me in the doghouse already. The idea came from the dangerous mind of the chief executive, a tiny little man called Alan Jones—no surprises there. He was ruthless and he wanted a “lean, mean council”—his words. He went for the quick fix of getting rid of the district councils, and said the county could...

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. He was a county councillor, and so was fully aware of the situation—more so than any of us. I am delighted to see that my hon. Friend the Member for Wells (James Heappey), who I know had a pressing engagement, has made it here. He will recognise this point, because he wrote a devastatingly good article that follows on from what my hon. Friend the...

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: I could not have put it better myself. My hon. Friend does a phenomenal job up on the north flank of Somerset. He is absolutely correct in what he says. We must take local opinion into account—not by saying in some waffly way, “Well, it’s quite a good idea,” but by saying, “A referendum must be held.” As I think my hon. Friend alluded to, his preference...

Somerset County Council: Unitary Status — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: My hon. Friend and I have worked together for many years, and I totally respect his guidance and thoughts on this. That is a wake-up call to the Minister. We need to have referendums, because this process is not working the way it should. We need to take public opinion into account, and a referendum is the way to do that. The Government need to make sure that they insist on referendums and...

Business of the House (10 May 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: As the Leader of the House is aware, Public Works Loan Board funds can be used by local councils to borrow money at a very cheap rate. Taunton Deane Borough Council is borrowing £16 million to build a brand new hotel with no operator. We must have an urgent debate on cheap borrowing and the way that Government funds are being used to prop up local government.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (19 Apr 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: Following on from the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Sir Christopher Chope), I have the same situation. May we have a debate in Government time on local democracy? My locals have been stamped on and ignored, and now they are being told by the Secretary of State that they will have what they get. I have total sympathy with the situation in Christchurch, so may we...

Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: May I say, as a former major in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, that my hon. Friend’s point about the north-east is absolutely right? I had the great privilege to live there for many years. I commanded X-ray Company of the 6th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. It is a wonderful area. There is a proposal in the north-east to have the incredible showcase that I mentioned...

Easter Adjournment (29 Mar 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: The House may not be surprised by the subject about which I will be speaking. I will be speaking about it because the Government have just announced that two councils are to be merged, and I will be speaking on behalf of my constituents. I was very pleased to hear from the hon. Member for Gateshead (Ian Mearns) about the festival of the north. I have a slight vested interest in Newcastle,...

Business of the House (29 Mar 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: Cricket is under enormous threat at the moment, because of what has happened with Australia, which is unacceptable. It is our national game, and I also want to mention the British situation. Somerset county cricket club, of which we are all very proud—I am one of the MPs representing the county—has just taken on a chairman who has been done for price fixing in his company and...

Business of the House (22 Mar 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: The Government today will announce and approve the takeover of West Somerset by Taunton Deane Borough Council. It has a lamentable record of bad management and, I am afraid, crooked deals. This is no more than a shotgun wedding and would not have happened if Ministers had listened to what some of us were saying. We still need a debate in this place on local government; please may we have it?

Business of the House (8 Mar 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: As we are aware, we have just approved more housing to be built in this country, and we can all say, “Yes, that’s good.” However, I could name councils—I will not do so this time—that have used private companies and estate agents to further their aims. My council, West Somerset Council, is being dragged into such a situation. May we have a debate on making sure...

Business of the House (1 Mar 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: Last Monday, the Government approved the go-ahead for Christchurch Council to be amalgamated with other Dorset councils. There was a referendum. I am not getting that in my constituency, which wants a referendum to decide the future of its council. We are being ignored. Democracy is being ignored. Could we please have a debate in this place on the protection of democracy in local councils?

Business of the House (22 Feb 2018)

Ian Liddell-Grainger: I am not even going to try to follow that one, Mr Speaker. I have just received a report from Data Diligence, which my right hon. Friend will know about, because it pointed out the wrongdoings of Northamptonshire County Council. It has just sent me a report to prove that Taunton Deane Borough Council has been hiding money for years, in financial misprudence. May we please have a debate on...


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