Results 1–20 of 807 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

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.

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

Bridget Phillipson: My hon. Friend is entirely right. I will say a bit more about Sunderland’s successful bid for a medical school—a number of parts of the country have benefited from those new schools. She will no doubt accept that this is part of a much longer-term solution to resolving the crisis we face. Meanwhile, we need action from Ministers to deal with some of the short-term pressures on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (14 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: Just minutes ago, Facebook announced that it would be taking down several pages associated with the extremist group Britain First. Does the Prime Minister join me in welcoming that? Does she not also accept that there needs to be a clear role provided by Government to give guidance to social media companies on how they operate in our democracy?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Adult Social Care Funding (12 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: Increasing the social care precept will do nothing to solve the challenge that we face in social care. Is it not time that Ministers stopped passing the buck to local councils and instead worked with us to try to find a long-term solution to one of the greatest challenges that we face as a country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Political Parties: Compliance (8 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: The Electoral Commission has a statutory duty to monitor the political finance rules and take all reasonable steps to secure compliance with them. The amount of money spent on compliance measures fluctuates and tends to intensify around electoral events. The full range of this activity includes creating comprehensive guidance for parties, campaigners and candidates; engaging with parties...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Political Parties: Compliance (8 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: I am sure that officials from the Electoral Commission will have heard the right hon. Gentleman’s comments. The commission provides year-round advice and regularly engages with political parties, as he doubtless knows from his many meetings with the commission in his previous role as Chairman of his party. I am sure that it would welcome the opportunity to discuss any such suggestions...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Political Parties: Compliance (8 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: The commission welcomes the existing order, which will for the first time provide information about donations and loans received by parties in Northern Ireland. However, the commission also wants to see transparency in donations going back to 2014, as Parliament envisaged, and it would support the Government in laying a further order to provide for full transparency going back to 2014.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Political Parties: Compliance (8 Mar 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: My hon. Friend makes an important point on the pilots that the UK Government are carrying out in the forthcoming elections. No one wants to see voters turned away from polling stations, but the extent to which voters in pilot areas are unable to vote on 3 May, and why that is the case, will be key elements of the commission’s statutory evaluation of the pilot schemes. I am sure that...


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