Grahame Morris: I am pleased to be able to speak in this debate on a matter of some concern to me, because today universal credit is being rolled out in the Easington constituency; mine is one of 45 areas throughout the country in which universal credit is being rolled out this month. Like the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black), I just cannot stand by and listen to some of the...
Grahame Morris: The problem is Government Members’ lack of understanding. The Opposition are calmly and rationally putting forward a solution to pause and fix the problem with the roll-out.
Grahame Morris: I do recall those remarks, and I do not think it is possible. It would be incredibly instructive if Government Members actually lived on benefits and experienced what it is like.
Grahame Morris: That is precisely the point that I am trying to make. I am afraid that the heat of the moment has tempted me away from the three things that I wanted to say. As currently constituted, this system will penalise the poor and do nothing to resolve the underlying issues of low pay, housing costs and insecure employment. In my constituency, the Walkers crisp factory is closing down a month before...
Grahame Morris: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing proposals for secure online voting for elections.
Grahame Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations his Department has received on the effect of the closure of jobcentre plus offices on local communities.
Grahame Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to introduce any incentive schemes to encourage people to stop using the most polluting diesel cars.
Grahame Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will make an assessment of the value of the A19 to the promotion of economic growth and regeneration in Easington constituency.
Grahame Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will review road safety on the A19.
Grahame Morris: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. With your permission, I would like to pay tribute to a loyal servant of this House, Trevor Ford, who has been a Doorkeeper for more than 20 years and is retiring today. He is from my region; he was actually born in Gateshead, but is a proud red and white Sunderland supporter all the same. He served with great distinction in the Royal Air Force from...
Grahame Morris: Will the Minister abolish the patient penalty and scrap hospital car parking charges, which punish both the sick and hard-working NHS staff, as well as causing problems for residents living adjacent to NHS hospitals, such as Peterlee Community Hospital in my constituency?
Grahame Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce measures to ensure that retired police officers cannot refuse to engage with police standards investigations if there is a complaint about their conduct during their time in service.
Grahame Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7318, if she will make it her policy to include more women's sports events, including domestic football, cricket and rugby matches on the designated list of events to be kept free to air on terrestrial television.
Grahame Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2017 to Question 5175, on Grenfell Tower: fires, (a) how many staff from his Department are working to provide that support, (b) what work his Department has done to support the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in engaging with the local community and (c) what work his Department...
Grahame Morris: To ask the Prime Minister, what the last occasion was that a serving Prime Minister visited Easington constituency.
Grahame Morris: To ask the Prime Minister, if she will visit Easington constituency to discuss housing issues in Horden.