Results 7601–7614 of 7614 for speaker:Justine Greening

Prime Minister’s Statement (19 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: The Prime Minister, I think, has said that he now wants to speak for the 52% and the 48%, but does he recognise that the rhetoric, the actions and the way that this Government have approached Brexit achieve the exact opposite of that, actually? Does he also recognise that dismissing the concerns of communities such as my own is no way to bring even England back together, and dismissing the...

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: The House is faced with an impossible choice. This is like being asked to buy a house based on the estate agent’s details, which are designed to sell it, with no chance of looking inside or seeing any sort of contract. We spend about two months a year debating and scrutinising the Finance Bill, and that is for a one-year Budget for Britain. Is it not absolutely ridiculous that we cannot...

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I want to register my concern about, effectively, the debate that we are now having, when most Members felt that business would have already finished and who, on a Saturday, had arranged to get back to their families and to other commitments. It is very clear to me that the Government knew that today’s vote could have only two outcomes: it was...

Points of Order (22 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The House is about to start a debate that is vital for our country’s future national interest, yet we have just a few hours to debate the principles of the Bill and, after that, just a few more hours in a matter of a couple of days in this House to table and debate amendments to the Bill. The Bill itself is not just a few clauses, but 115 pages long, with a...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: I would like to make a brief contribution on what is planned in the Bill, how the Government propose to take it forward, and where they are taking our country. They seem to be the pertinent questions tonight. On what is planned in the Bill, I have deep concerns. The situation as the Bill pertains to Northern Ireland should not be just brushed away by Members of my former party, the...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: It is very concerning that the rules Northern Ireland will have to live under will, in many regards, be set by the European Union, a body in which it will not have representatives. Ultimately, that is a recipe for something failing politically. The point about consent matters. It is absolutely unacceptable for people in Northern Ireland to be thrown into an important new political...

Transport: Heathrow Airport: Third Runway (24 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: Does the Minister at least agree that it is important to give people and local communities the information they need to understand the decision that has been taken? Notwithstanding the Prime Minister’s words in Prime Minister’s questions yesterday, the Department is still pressing ahead with this very unpopular transport project and neither reviewing, nor reversing it.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: The hon. Lady makes the case that a second referendum will not solve the Brexit impasse. I would like her to elaborate on that. On the question of the Bill which the Prime Minister proposed unamended and has now pulled, so this House cannot take it forward, surely a referendum on whether or not that proceeds would give a definitive outcome. Perhaps if the House had allowed the British public...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: My hon. Friend has just said that we need a new Parliament as if somehow a totally different electorate will be voting for people to represent them. Does he think that the people of our country made a mistake in 2017 with the Parliament they elected?

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: But my hon. Friend will also know that at the bottom of page 36 of the Conservative manifesto it was clear that the party’s intention was to leave the European Union with both a withdrawal agreement and a future partnership agreed by the end of the article 50 period. Surely he accepts that that is now not what is being proposed, so the current proposal does not deliver what the Conservative...

Tributes to the Speaker (31 Oct 2019)

Justine Greening: Let me add my congratulations to you, Mr Speaker, on a fantastic 10 years as Speaker during what has probably been one of the most turbulent and difficult times that this House and this Parliament have seen. I echo all the points raised by others about how you have reformed the way the House works, and the causes you have championed. Our relationship has changed over the years. I have been a...

Valedictory Debate (5 Nov 2019)

Justine Greening: In my experience, I always saw the Whips Office as a human resources department, but with the “human” bit taken out.

Valedictory Debate (5 Nov 2019)

Justine Greening: As long as nobody heckles me, I am sure I will absolutely be able to stay to time. I want to start by saying a massive thank you to, first of all, my office team, who are up in the Gallery. They have done an absolutely incredible job for so many Members here over many, many years. I have to point out particularly the long-suffering Kate and Nikki. Without their assistance and support and that...

Valedictory Debate (5 Nov 2019)

Justine Greening: My hon. Friend is quite right, and he brings me on to why I am here today as a Member who is departing the House. I have served my community and my country in Parliament for 14 years, but the mission that drives me more than any other is social mobility. It has characterised my life, and it is crucial to the future of our country and to making it a country in which there is equality of...

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