Results 1–20 of 781 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

Health and Social Care: GP Services (6 Feb 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: NHS figures continue to show an alarming decline in the number of family doctors working across the north-east, which is why I am supporting the University of Sunderland bid to establish a new medical school. Does the Minister accept that prioritising training places in areas of greatest need is the best long-term solution to the crisis facing general practice?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: No child in modern Britain should grow up in poverty, but figures from both the End Child Poverty coalition and the Secretary of State’s own Department reveal that we face a growing crisis. Does she seriously believe that ploughing ahead with universal credit will do anything to help the millions of children who are trapped in avoidable poverty in our country or will bring that number down?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Financial Regulation (25 Jan 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: The Electoral Commission reported on political finance regulation at the June 2017 general election in November 2017. It highlighted important areas for the Government and Parliament to improve election law and transparency in political finance. The commission’s recommendations include increasing the maximum penalty that it can impose for a breach of the rules, extending the imprint...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Financial Regulation (25 Jan 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: The hon. Gentleman is right to draw attention to the commission’s recommendation to increase the maximum penalty that it can impose on political parties and other campaigners for a breach of the political finance rules. There is a risk that a maximum fine of £20,000 per offence could be seen as the cost of doing business, and the commission’s view is that monetary policy...

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority: Electoral Commission (23 Jan 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak. As the only Member of this House to serve on the appointments panel, and as a member of the Speaker’s Committee, I should like to make a short contribution setting out a bit more about the process mentioned by the Leader of the House and my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall South (Valerie Vaz). I reiterate that the recruitment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (8 Jan 2018)

Bridget Phillipson: In the past two years alone, we have lost more than 160 police officers in my area, yet we are seeing rising levels of antisocial behaviour and youth disorder. Rather than passing the buck to police and crime commissioners, why will the Home Secretary not give Northumbria police the funding that it needs to tackle this blight in our community?

The Hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, Representing the Speaker’S Committee on the Electoral Commission, Was Asked: EU Referendum: Electoral Commission Resources (7 Dec 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The Electoral Commission has experience of undertaking multiple investigations and is confident that its resourcing for this year is sufficient. Nevertheless, it recognises that its workload in this area has increased. Early in 2018, the commission will be submitting its budget for the next financial year for scrutiny. It is for the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission to...

The Hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, Representing the Speaker’S Committee on the Electoral Commission, Was Asked: EU Referendum: Electoral Commission Resources (7 Dec 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: I know that the commission has had useful and positive engagement with my right hon. Friend about these matters. Various investigations are under way, so it will not be possible to comment further, but I can assure him that once any investigations are complete, the commission will decide whether any breaches have occurred and, if so, what further action may be appropriate. The outcome of all...

City of Culture 2021: Sunderland Bid — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (21 Nov 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. While she is right to talk about much of what is happening in the city centre, does she agree that the bid takes in so much more than that? It will bring together all our distinct communities and showcase all the talents in our area and our rich and vibrant cultural heritage. Hopefully, all of our constituents will continue to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (1 Nov 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The Prime Minister will be aware that 4 million children in our country are growing up in poverty, and that that number has risen. Two thirds of those children are from working families. Does she still seriously believe that the introduction of universal credit will bring that number down?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (31 Oct 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: Following a meeting with the courts Minister, I received a letter from him last week that described Sunderland’s court building as below what would be expected, but that is putting it mildly. The court is more than 100 years old. It is damp, has very poor accessibility, and is wholly inadequate for victims and staff alike. Will he visit Sunderland and explain to the people of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Returning Officers (26 Oct 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The Electoral Commission provides guidance for returning officers, and it monitors and reports on their performance. The commission targets monitoring and support on areas where it is needed, including where there is a change of returning officer or a change in the electoral services team. The commission will publish its report on the administration of the 2017 general election and the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Returning Officers (26 Oct 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: My hon. Friend will be aware that the returning officer for Plymouth commissioned an independent review, led by Dr Dave Smith. The investigation reported in September. The Electoral Commission fully supported the investigation and continues to support the city council in delivering the improvements required. The Electoral Commission is working with the Society of Local Authority Chief...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral Returning Officers (26 Oct 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The hon. Gentleman will know that in certain circumstances it is possible for someone, including a Member of Parliament, to be lawfully registered to vote in more than one place. The Electoral Commission takes very seriously any claim that individuals voted twice. The Minister with responsibility for the constitution, the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, the hon. Member for Kingswood...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (11 Oct 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The recent Public Accounts Committee report on cyber-security emphasised the considerable skills gap that the Government and wider society face in tackling the issue. Is it still the case that there is no minimum standard of competence for civil servants entrusted with a cyber-security role? What steps are the Government taking to increase the number of suitably qualified experts?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: EU Referendum Campaign (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The commission has published two reports that include its assessment of the rules on campaign funding for the EU referendum. The commission has also completed investigations of issues with a small number of campaigner spending returns, none of which related to impermissible donations. It is continuing to consider issues with some campaigners’ spending returns, in line with its...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: EU Referendum Campaign (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: The commission is aware of media reports that allege that there could have been Russian involvement in the EU referendum. These cover a wide range of alleged activities that are beyond the commission’s remit. Any allegation with evidence that a registered campaigner accepted impermissible donations from Russia would be investigated in line with the commission’s enforcement policy,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: EU Referendum Campaign (20 Jul 2017)

Bridget Phillipson: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. He will know that the 381 electoral registers are maintained by different electoral registration offices across the country, and it is not currently possible to interrogate them collectively in order to identify duplicate entries or voting in more than one area. The commission will be happy to work with the Government to consider potential solutions to...


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