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

Conor Burns: I had not intended to speak in this debate today, but after listening to many of the contributions from both sides of the House, I think I must. It is becoming incredibly clear that those who know most about the motivation of those who voted by a decisive margin to leave the European Union are those who voted to stay in the European Union. They are now experts in the desires that motivated...

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

Conor Burns: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. The Prime Minister, in her two key speeches, has made it very clear that she respects the decision the British public took, which is about control of our borders. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) said earlier, this is not about being against immigration; it is about being able to deliberately discriminate equally between...

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

Conor Burns: I will not give way because we are very short of time. It is also about ending the vast payments we make to the EU, for which we are somehow supposed to be grateful because we get a little bit of it back. In short, the British public voted to become an independent, self-governing country again. It is incumbent on this House to deliver on that verdict and to reject the Lords amendments, which...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Private Members’ Bills: Money Resolutions (21 May 2018)

Conor Burns: I am grateful to the Leader of the House for giving way. This seems rather straightforward. Parliament enacted a boundary review, which is currently in progress and will report in the autumn. To grant public money to start another boundary review would be grossly irresponsible of the House, when the money required by that proposal is the equivalent of 300 new nurses.

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

Conor Burns: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

Conor Burns: I am grateful to the Prime Minister. She has spoken movingly in recent days about the burden that she carries and the responsibility she feels in committing our troops to action—her predecessors have also spoken in such terms. However, it is necessary that we are led by people who have the courage and resolve to take these decisions. What does she think would be the consequences for our...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Dec 2017)

Conor Burns: And there is a lot of support!

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Conor Burns: I commend my right hon. Friend’s statement. Many of us know how hard he has worked on the strategy, and how widely he has engaged. I invite him to use this opportunity to reaffirm the central role of Britain’s universities in future growth and technological advance. I invite him to visit my constituency and see what Bournemouth University has done to create an incredible new tech...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Conor Burns: It is a genuine pleasure to follow the maiden speech of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Preet Kaur Gill). Many Members in this House will have incredibly fond memories of her predecessor, who was not only a lady of incredible principle, but a lady with an irrepressible and irreverent sense of fun. She will be greatly missed on both sides of the House. The hon. Lady said her...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Conor Burns: My hon. Friend has pre-empted what I was about to come on to. There was a lot of shouting going on when the students heard that the Labour party was going to get rid of their debts, abolish their fees, and deal with historical debt. Let me quote what a Labour candidate—a Member in the current and previous Parliaments—said to camera. The hon. Member for Bradford East (Imran...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Conor Burns: My hon. Friend and neighbour is absolutely correct. Some of the people who in previous generations, when I was at university, could not have dreamed about getting into university are getting in and getting these life chances under this Government, and, in fairness, the Labour Government before this lot took over as the Opposition. In 1990, only 77,163 people completed their first degree. That...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Conor Burns: The £9,000 limit was introduced more than five years ago, but given inflation over that period, in real terms it is £8,500 today, and by 2020 it will be £8,000. Is it not the case that the direct consequence of the perfectly honourable position that the hon. Lady advocates is that less money will go into higher education?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Conor Burns: We are here today debating this Bill as a direct consequence of the free vote of the British people in the referendum last year, when they gave us their explicit instruction that we were to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union. There was an extraordinary article in The Mail on Sunday yesterday by a Member of the other place, who said the Government were rushing this decision...

European Council (14 Mar 2017)

Conor Burns: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has been very clear that the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe. A strong and prosperous EU remains in the interests of the United Kingdom. Does my right hon. Friend agree that a strong, stable united United Kingdom is also in the interests of the EU, and will she vigorously resist anyone who uses this moment to...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tax Allowances (25 Jan 2017)

Conor Burns: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has accrued to the public purse through the removal of personal allowances for annual incomes in excess of £100,000 in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (18 Jan 2017)

Conor Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what comparative assessment he has made of changes in the rate of core spending power per dwelling between (a) 2009-10 and 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 and 2019-20 for (i) Bournemouth Borough Council and (ii) England.

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill (2 Dec 2016)

Conor Burns: I join my Conservative colleagues in congratulating the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black) on securing this private Member’s Bill. There is surely a consensus on both sides of the House that unemployment is a tragedy when it befalls anyone. There can be few things in life worse than wanting to work and failing to find it. However, I begin by bringing a group...

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill (2 Dec 2016)

Conor Burns: The hon. Gentleman is approaching this from exactly the wrong angle. The point is that the Government have an obligation to ensure that every person who is in receipt of a benefit is entitled to it. That is part of the social contract that underpins our society. It was at the very core of the Beveridge report, whereby people paid in in times of good, in times of work, and drew down in times...

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill (2 Dec 2016)

Conor Burns: I understood the hon. Gentleman’s point absolutely; the reason I referred to him was because he was the only Member on the Opposition Benches who mentioned the word “taxpayer” at all. I was making a more fundamental point that we need to approach these debates from the perspective that the Government have an obligation to ensure that those who receive benefits are entitled...


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