Results 1–20 of 2248 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Chi Onwurah

Exiting the European Union: Withdrawal Negotiations (14 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: The Government have rejected giving Parliament a meaningful voice in the Brexit deal, but does the Secretary of State recognise that the businesses we represent are crying out for some sort of clarity so that they can deliver on the investment that drives jobs in my constituency? When will he deliver that clarity?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: The Dutch Government are offering advice on Brexit to Dutch businesses. The Irish Government are offering grants to Irish businesses affected by Brexit. In the absence of anything from this Government, the North East England chamber of commerce has produced a checklist. The Secretary of State seems to think it is unreasonable for businesses to demand greater clarity or progress, but could he...

Points of Order: Sexual Exploitation: Newcastle (12 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: I thank the Minister for giving way, for the tone of her comments and for the way in which she recognises the importance of the issues that I have tried to raise on the behalf of my constituents. I have listened carefully to what she says, and I appreciate the offer of a meeting and the commitment to some sort of response to the Spicer review. However, I get the impression that funding for...

Points of Order: Sexual Exploitation: Newcastle (12 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: All of us here will have tremendous sympathy with the victims of sexual exploitation and the challenges, barriers and burdens they face. I want to pay tribute to the bravery, strength and perseverance of the victims of sexual exploitation, who deserve not merely our sympathy but our concrete, committed and long-term support. Last August, a jury returned guilty verdicts on 17 men and one woman...

Points of Order: Sexual Exploitation: Newcastle (12 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I agree that the impact of such sexual exploitation on the lives, mental health and long-term opportunities of the victims is significant. That is why long-term support is required, and I will touch on that in more detail later. The police acted upon 1,400 pieces of intelligence, identifying 278 victims and arresting 461 suspects. Eight crime...

Points of Order: Sexual Exploitation: Newcastle (12 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: I thank my hon. Friend and neighbour for her intervention; that is exactly what I will come on to. In April 2015, the police, Newcastle City Council, adult and child social care, and key voluntary sector groups, including Changing Lives, Barnardo’s and Bright Futures, came together to establish a multi-agency hub, providing person-centred support to 166 women and girls so far. Newcastle...

Points of Order: Sexual Exploitation: Newcastle (12 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. The Spicer review’s recommendations require funding, but this has been difficult to secure. The sexual exploitation hub previously received £1.7 million through the police innovation fund, but this ran out in March 2017. Since then, funding has been drawn from local sources, with the police, the clinical commissioning group, Newcastle...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Science, Technology and Innovation Investment (12 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: Science is a great British success story, supporting jobs and growth across the country. With Europe’s funding for UK science down a fifth, more than 6,000 engineers and scientists denied visas in this year alone and universities reporting that Brexit chaos is freezing them out of Europe’s new £90 billion science fund, UK science risks crashing down to earth. Does the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Waste Crime (7 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: On Monday, I shall join Newcastle volunteers on a litter-pick, but they cannot be expected to deal with the vast tubs of oil waste left by fast food outlets or mattresses left by landlords when their tenants change. What additional powers and resources will the Minister give to local authorities so that my constituents can live in the environment that they deserve?

Airports National Policy Statement (5 Jun 2018)

Chi Onwurah: Such a significant expansion in aviation capacity raises major environmental and ethical concerns, but given the recommendations of the Transport Committee, I believe that this is the right option, provided that it delivers for regional economic growth. Businesses and residents in Newcastle deserve just as much access to direct flights as those in the south, but given that network economics...

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 May 2018)

Chi Onwurah: I apologise that a prior speaking engagement means I cannot stay for the whole debate, although I will try to return. My hon. Friend makes an important point in setting out the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Does she agree that that situation legitimately demands protest—that it is legitimate to protest against it, regardless of the responsibility of Hamas or others for stoking the...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Chi Onwurah: The hon. Gentleman is saying that the issue with the east coast line is that there is competition, and that Virgin could not handle that competition so should be bailed out. Does he realise that he is undermining the entire argument, because he is saying that when there is competition, franchising fails?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Chi Onwurah: I am pleased to be allowed to speak in this very important debate. I start by thanking the staff on east coast rail who, during the eight years I have been in the House, have been unfailingly helpful on my twice-weekly journeys to and from Newcastle. They have been unfailingly cheerful and unfailingly efficient despite the turmoil that successive Conservative-led Governments have put them...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Chi Onwurah: My hon. Friend and neighbour is absolutely right, which shows why this idea that this is a competitive market is a travesty. There is really no investment. More importantly, what little investment does take place is not at these companies’ own risk, because they are bailed out. Yet so infatuated are this Government with private sector monopolies that they do not seem to see that. We see...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Chi Onwurah: I thank the Minister for that clarification, but I am not sure that it is clear enough. She will undoubtedly be aware that the Windrush documents were supposedly destroyed as a result of data protection requirements. There remains a significant possibility that there will be a wholesale destruction of data, some of which might be important, useful and legitimately kept, unless the Government...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Chi Onwurah: My right hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Does he share my astonishment that the Government are not taking the opportunity to update our rights for the digital age? Does he think that that is because they are too captured by the tech giants, because they are too confused by Brexit to invest in change, or because they are too ideologically constipated regarding the free market that they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 May 2018)

Chi Onwurah: A successful start-up forced into bankruptcy by Government delays in paying out European regional development funds, and a tech company’s expansion plans stalled because the Government will not guarantee it access to the native European language speakers that it needs—these are businesses that I have spoken to in Newcastle in the last few weeks. In the absence of any guidance from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Spending (19 Apr 2018)

Chi Onwurah: What steps he is taking to improve the equity of transport spending between regions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Regional Spending (19 Apr 2018)

Chi Onwurah: Since 2010, transport spending in London has been more than twice that in the whole of the north, and the Government’s own northern powerhouse says that underinvestment stops us exploiting strengths in manufacturing, energy, health and digital, which could transform the lives of my constituents. The Minister’s own Transport for the North says that it will cost £27 billion...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

Chi Onwurah: This has been a timely, well-attended and generally well-informed debate. Members on both sides of the House have come together to call for an industrial strategy that brings good jobs to every region in our post-Brexit world. I listened with considerable respect to the contributions made by the hon. Members for Spelthorne (Kwasi Kwarteng), for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Drew...


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