Results 1–20 of 874 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Bridget Phillipson

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (10 Sep 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: In the north-east, as class sizes continue to grow, the number of teachers has fallen by almost 500 in the past year alone. When can we expect to see Ministers getting to grips with the growing crisis that we face in teacher retention?

Eu: Future Relationship White Paper (12 Jul 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: Does the Secretary of State intend to produce any kind of detailed regional economic impact assessments, so that we can fully understand the scale of the damage to jobs, livelihoods and living standards in the north-east that would be caused by what his Government are proposing?

The Hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, Representing the Speaker’S Committee on the Electoral Commission, Was Asked: Referendum Rules (12 Jul 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: After the June 2016 referendum, the Electoral Commission recommended improvements to modernise electoral law. Recommendations covered the consolidation of referendum legislation, the regulated period, rules for campaigning and sanctions. The Commission also recently recommended changes to improve the transparency of digital campaigning at future referendums and elections. Further details can...

The Hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, Representing the Speaker’S Committee on the Electoral Commission, Was Asked: Referendum Rules (12 Jul 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: I am very grateful to the right hon. Lady for raising this issue. The Electoral Commission welcomes the report that she refers to and shares the view that the Government must take steps to modernise electoral law, especially on transparency and digital campaigning. It chimes with the Electoral Commission’s report on digital campaigning concerning areas such as misinformation, the...

The Hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, Representing the Speaker’S Committee on the Electoral Commission, Was Asked: Referendum Rules (12 Jul 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: The Commission has repeatedly called for an increase to the maximum penalty that it can impose on political parties and other campaigners for a breach of the rules. On the investigation that my right hon. Friend refers to, the Vote Leave organisation took an unusual step in sharing its views on the Electoral Commission’s initial findings. The Commission will give due consideration to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Offenders’ Access to Education and Employment (10 Jul 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: Female offenders often have complex needs and getting the right support in place can be vital in helping them to turn their lives around, so why have members of the Government’s advisory board said that recent announcements from the Secretary of State represent a missed opportunity and are simply not sufficient to achieve his ambitions?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kurdistan and Iraq (26 Jun 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: What recent assessment his Department has made of the political and security situation in Iraq.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kurdistan and Iraq (26 Jun 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: As Iraq attempts to move forward, what discussions has the Minister had with his Iraqi counterparts about respecting international human rights standards, especially with regards to the rights of women in Iraq?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: The north-east has been neglected for far too long. Much of what needs to be done in our region could be addressed by our own domestic Government if they chose to do so. Does my hon. Friend share my concern that, if we crash out of the European Union with an extreme form of Brexit, the people we represent will be poorer as a result?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (14 May 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: Almost one in three children at secondary school in the north-east attends a school judged to be “inadequate” or “needing improvement”. Rather than chucking money at grammar schools, when can we expect to see action to drive up standards and tackle education inequality in regions such as the north-east?

Electoral Commission Committee: Election Expenses: Northern Ireland (26 Apr 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: On 12 March 2018, the Electoral Commission published the first information about political donations and loans in Northern Ireland following the necessary legislation coming into force. This gives details about donations and loans received from 1 July 2017. The Electoral Commission welcomes this transparency, but continues to urge the Government to bring forward additional legislation to...

Electoral Commission Committee: Election Expenses: Northern Ireland (26 Apr 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: The law requires the Electoral Commission to keep confidential all information about donations and loans in Northern Ireland before 1 July 2017, and it is unable to make any comments about donations to the DUP prior to that point. However, it remains of the view that donations and loans from 1 January 2014 should be published and continues to urge the Government to bring forward the...

GP Recruitment and Retention — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: I am grateful to all hon. Members who contributed to the debate. We have heard that the future of general practice faces a significant challenge the length and breadth of the country. On the Minister’s point about funding, since 2010, the rate of increase in NHS spending has slowed considerably. It is well below the real-terms average increase of the 3.7% that the NHS has received since...

GP Recruitment and Retention — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: I beg to move, That this House has considered recruitment and retention of GPs. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon—for the first time, I believe. I am grateful for the opportunity to hold this debate on an issue of critical importance to all our constituents. General practitioners are the cornerstone of the health service in this country. The work they do on a...

GP Recruitment and Retention — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: I am sure the experience of my hon. Friend’s constituent is happening up and down the country. We want to ensure that people can access quality healthcare close to home. It is neither cost-effective nor in the best interest of patients to have to travel further to hospital for things that could be dealt with more readily within a GP’s practice. More and more local people are...

GP Recruitment and Retention — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: The hon. Gentleman raises a fair point about patchiness, and I hope the Minister will be able to respond to it in his summing-up. There are big regional variations, and differences even within cities and towns, and we need to try to even out access to general practice. He raises an important point about routes into the profession and the barriers that they sometimes place in the way of those...

GP Recruitment and Retention — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: I am happy to hear that my hon. Friend was successful in his campaign, but we are seeing closures and mergers of practices across the country, and we need a much broader solution. It should not fall only to local campaign groups or local NHS managers to try to put right some of the broader systemic problems in our health service.

GP Recruitment and Retention — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: I agree with my hon. Friend and I am sure his constituency, in common with mine, has significant problems with industrial illness and long-standing health problems, which means that we do not need just the national average number of GPs, or just enough to get by. To deal with the health need we face in the local population, we need a much better service to ensure that we drive down some of...

GP Recruitment and Retention — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: I will touch on all the points the hon. Lady raises as I continue through my contribution. I am clear that addressing the housing crisis in our country should be an absolute priority for the Government, but I argue that building thousands of new homes without ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place to meet increased demand on health, transport and education services would be a...

GP Recruitment and Retention — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (28 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: Attracting medical students to areas of the country with the greatest need is important. That is something I have been seeking to do, and I am sure the hon. Gentleman will continue to make that case as well.


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