Results 1–20 of 804 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gloria De Piero

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Gloria De Piero: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith) for securing this debate on an issue that we feel passionately about. The Government profiting from the pensions of ex-miners over all these years is nothing short of a national scandal, and billions have been pocketed by the Treasury since 1994 because, as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Litigants in Person (5 Dec 2017)

Gloria De Piero: Representing themselves in court has been a real issue for domestic violence victims. Restoring legal aid is welcome, but that will not happen until January. I note the Justice Secretary is advertising for a second speechwriter at a rate of £70,000. As there is cash to spare, will he commit to ensuring that domestic violence victims who seek legal aid, as of yesterday’s...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Gloria De Piero: My hon. Friend is making an incredible speech, and I thank her for giving way. On the point about rising prices and falling wages, I want to tell her about a police officer who contacted me. He said that after 20 years of service, he never thought he would be in a position where he was struggling to look after his family. He ended with a question: “Do we really want a police force that...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Gloria De Piero: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Sweeney) on securing this important debate. He made an excellent speech. The Government’s approach to access to justice is a marker of the way they view the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. Though I am relatively new to this brief, some would...

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Gloria De Piero: I will happily give praise and credit, in particular to the people my hon. Friend mentions, but what sort of society is it where those people are having to make choices like that? I thank her for that intervention. The number of applicants for civil legal aid for domestic violence cases such as protection orders—technically still within the scope of legal aid—has fallen by 20%...

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Gloria De Piero: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Gloria De Piero: It is close to Christmas, which can be a particularly difficult time for those who are lonely and alone. I celebrate the Kirkby Christmas lunch, which is the brainchild of somebody called Pip Forbes in Kirkby. It brings people together, spreads festive cheer and gives them a Christmas to remember. I put on the record my thanks to people such as Pip Forbes who are addressing this.

Private Landlord Licensing (15 Nov 2017)

Gloria De Piero: My right hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. I add my congratulations to Ashfield District Council. The licensing scheme is now in operation in Stanton Hill and New Cross. Landlords have to take responsibility for the safety of their tenants through smoke detection, insulation and wiring—those improvements must be made. These councils are leading the way.

District Councils (England) (14 Nov 2017)

Gloria De Piero: The hon. Gentleman is expressing a specific concern about his local area, but I would like to widen it to make a more general point about the effects of the cuts in central Government funding. Between 2010-11 and 2020-21, funds will have decreased by 51% in Labour-controlled Ashfield. This is not a party political point; Broxtowe has suffered similar cuts. He is absolutely right to say that...

Vaping — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Nov 2017)

Gloria De Piero: I thank the hon. Gentleman for securing the debate; he is making some excellent points. In my constituency of Nottinghamshire, there is a class dimension to this. Of those in managerial and professional occupations, 8% are still smoking cigarettes; that rises to 26% of those in routine and manual occupations in the Nottinghamshire population, so this is a social justice issue as well as a...

Taxation: Beer and Pubs — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (31 Oct 2017)

Gloria De Piero: I thank the hon. Gentleman for securing this important debate. May I place on the record my praise for the many microbreweries that have opened in Ashfield? They have totally transformed the high streets in my constituency. Does he agree that the tax break introduced for smaller breweries by the last Labour Government should remain intact to ensure that they continue to prosper?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Review of Legal Aid Reforms (31 Oct 2017)

Gloria De Piero: Twenty months ago, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Government’s restrictions on legal aid for victims of domestic violence were unlawful. Nine months ago, Ministers told the House that they would make changes by secondary legislation that would “make it easier for victims of domestic violence to access legal aid.”—[Official Report, 25 April 2017; Vol. 624, c. 983.]...

English Language Teaching: Refugees (24 Oct 2017)

Gloria De Piero: May I raise a point on behalf of training providers in my constituency, such as Sutton academy? It asked me to raise the importance of making resources available to provide good training? As the right hon. Lady says, good training provides community cohesion, among many other things.

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Gloria De Piero: A 44-year-old woman in my constituency suffered from depression and anxiety, and she tells me she is not yet recovered from her illness but is now strong enough to go every day to an amazing place called the Huthwaite Hub, which relies in large part on lottery funding. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that former coalfield communities do not get their fair share of funding from the...

Advice Services (Nottingham) — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Gloria De Piero: I thank my hon. Friend for securing the debate. I pay tribute to the citizens advice bureaux, which do fantastic work across my constituency. Their work is set to become even more vital as universal credit is rolled out, particularly given that the Government’s helpline charges 55p a minute. Does my hon. Friend agree that as their role becomes even more important, they must be on a...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Gloria De Piero: May I tell my hon. Friend about Neil Thompson, a district nurse from Eastwood in my constituency? He has told me: “I didn’t expect, after 40 years in the NHS, to be as poor now as when I first started out.” How can that be just?

16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Gloria De Piero: I was contacted about this debate by the principal of Sutton Community Academy in my constituency, who tells me that the budget is over £1 million less than it was three years ago and that the only way to balance the books would be to shut the sixth form, but it is desperate not to do that. My constituents need a leg up. They cannot afford to see a ladder that enables them to move on and...

Blacklisting (5 Sep 2017)

Gloria De Piero: Does my hon. Friend agree that, far from being barred from employment, those people in construction who raised health and safety issues and have been blacklisted should be commended and saluted?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

Gloria De Piero: May I press the Secretary of State on a publication date for the legal aid review? Will he tell me how many people who have been denied legal aid since the Government changed the criteria the Government have heard from?

Social Mobility — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Gloria De Piero: Getting kids from ordinary backgrounds to university is a key way of enabling them to move up and get on. Will my hon. Friend join me in congratulating the previous Labour Government on increasing student numbers, while acknowledging that there is still work to be done, particularly in post-industrial towns such as Ashfield, where we send only 21% of 18-year-olds to university, compared with...


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