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National Security and Investment Bill (17 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: My right hon. Friend makes a very important point. Indeed, my hon. Friend the Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and I were discussing this very issue last night—that these issues can interact. I will just say this and then I will conclude, Mr Deputy Speaker, I promise. I think the public are in a different place from some of the Government Members who have spoken. I think the public...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Manufacturing Sector (10 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: One obvious way to help our manufacturers is with a green stimulus equal to the scale of the economic emergency that we face. President-elect Biden has pledged $2 trillion for such a stimulus; the French and German Governments have pledged tens of billions of euros; and Britain has pledged just £5 billion. Will the Secretary of State tell us when this Government are going to show the same...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Manufacturing Sector (10 Nov 2020)

Ed Miliband: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, but the rhetoric does not match the reality. Look at what other countries, including France and Germany, are doing, and look at the scale of what we are doing. He mentions offshore wind; let us take that as an example. As he says, the Government want to see 40 GW of offshore wind by 2030, but to ensure that the jobs in manufacturing the turbines...

Flooding Preparedness: Yorkshire (30 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: I know that the hon. Lady cares deeply about this issue and did so even before she was a Minister. She mentioned the £170 million, but does she recognise the anger of my constituents, which I highlighted to my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis), about the fact that those projects were not in Doncaster? My constituents in Bentley were flooded in 2007 and again in 2019....

Flooding Preparedness: Yorkshire (30 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. He is making an eloquent, passionate and moving speech. Does he recognise that, for many of my constituents who have been affected by the floods, 10 months on, this is not something they have recovered from because they are still fighting with their insurance companies? Even if they are back in their homes, they are worried about what the...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Schedule 2 - Services Exclusions (29 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: I join the Business Secretary in paying tribute to the Public Bill Office for the work that it has done. I also profoundly thank my hon. Friends the Members for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell) and for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) for the incredible hard work they did during the Bill’s Committee and Report stages. I am pleased to see the Business Secretary back in his place for the...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Schedule 2 - Services Exclusions (29 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: There is an important point here. To take the example of animal welfare or food safety, those powers remain devolved, but they are devolved in name only, because by imposing the minimum standard as the lowest standard for all legislatures, those powers are seriously undermined. I have to say to the Business Secretary that I fear that the Bill will only strengthen the hand of those who want...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Schedule 2 - Services Exclusions (29 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: I am going to carry on. It is important to hear the words of the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May) in her coruscating and brilliant speech in Committee. Government Members are rolling their eyes about the former Prime Minister. She said that, “the Government are acting recklessly and irresponsibly, with no thought to the long-term impact on the United Kingdom’s standing in the...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Schedule 2 - Services Exclusions (29 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: This is unprecedented in the following sense: the Government are coming along and breaking an international agreement they signed less than a year ago. I have heard the hon. Gentleman, and I have read the debates on the issue, and he certainly has not produced an example in any way remotely similar to what is happening in the Bill. I want to develop my argument, because an important point has...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Support for Businesses: Covid-19 (29 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: Over 1 million people are employed in sectors that are currently shut down, including weddings, events and nightclubs. The Chancellor last week refused to support them because he said they are not “viable”, but those businesses are shut because they are rightly following the Government’s public health guidance to help tackle the virus. As the person responsible for standing up for the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Support for Businesses: Covid-19 (29 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: The Secretary of State did not answer my question about these businesses that are currently shut down and that are doing the right thing. Many of them have no income coming in, they are excluded from the JSS and they are already loaded up with debt, yet they have rent to pay and overheads to cover, and the Government are just leaving them out in the cold. I believe these were good, viable...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (14 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: I beg to move an amendment, to leave out from “That” to the end of the Question and add: “this House notes that the UK has left the EU; calls on the Government to get on with negotiating a trade deal with the EU; recognises that legislation is required to ensure the smooth, effective working of the internal market across the UK; but declines to give a Second Reading to the Internal...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (14 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: The right hon. Gentleman and I come from different positions. I want to respect the devolution settlements that uphold the Union and he has a different point of view, but on this matter we should be legislating for common frameworks. That would be the way to respect devolution. I do not know whether the Prime Minister even understands the legislation—I know he has many things on his...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (14 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: It is very interesting that the hon. Gentleman should say that because a report came out today from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, which is chaired by a Conservative Member. This is what the report says and this is my answer to him: “These talks began in March and continued throughout the summer in a spirit of good faith and mutual respect for the delicate arrangements in Northern...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (14 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: Actually, yes we do, and I will tell the hon. Lady why. We respect the fact that the Conservative party, under this Prime Minister, won the election. He got his mandate to deliver his Brexit deal: the thing that he said was—I am sure she recalls this because it was probably on her leaflets—“oven ready”. It is not me who is coming along and saying it is half-baked; it is him. He is...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (14 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: My hon. Friend makes an important point; I do believe it was the Prime Minister who signed the deal. In fairness to the Prime Minister, I want to deal with each of the arguments that the Government have made in the last few days for this action. It is quite hard to keep count of the different arguments—you know you are losing the argument when you keep making lots of different...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (14 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: There you have it: he didn’t read the protocol, he hasn’t read the Bill, he doesn’t know his stuff. Let us deal with the second bogus argument. The Prime Minister claimed on Wednesday that it was necessary to protect the Good Friday agreement. The first outing for that argument was on Wednesday, at Prime Minister’s questions. I have to say to him, I would rather trust the authors of...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (14 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: The right hon. Gentleman did not like the protocol at all. He would rather have not had the protocol. He and I just have a disagreement on this issue. I believe it was necessary to make special arrangements for Northern Ireland, or for the UK to be in the EU customs union to avoid a hard border in Ireland. That is why the Prime Minister came along and said the protocol was the right thing to...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (14 Sep 2020)

Ed Miliband: That is not a risk we are going to take. So the fire alarm defence simply does not work. The last defence was floated as a trial balloon, one might say, by the Northern Ireland Secretary last Tuesday, I believe. He said it was a breach of the law in a “specific and limited way.” That really is a new way of thinking about legal questions. It now turns out that breaking the law...

Business and Planning Bill: Clause 3 - Determination of Applications (21 Jul 2020)

Ed Miliband: I rise to support Lords amendment 1 and the other Lords amendments that have been sent back to us from the other place. This is an important Bill, as the Minister said—particularly so for the hospitality industry. The Minister made reference to the speed with which it went through this place, and I agree that it has benefited from consideration in the Lords. I join him in thanking all the...


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