Results 1–20 of 1521 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Catherine McKinnell

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: This debate is as vital as it is urgent, on something that has deeply affected my constituency and continues to do so. Since the full roll-out of universal credit across all three jobcentres in Newcastle in March this year, it has possibly doubled the work of my caseworkers and other local agencies. Since its introduction, it has been nothing short of a shambles. To roll it out any further,...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this hugely important and timely debate. One of my constituents contacted me, and in her words: “I’ve suffered pain, I’ve soiled myself, suffered depression and sepsis. My employment contract as a store manager will be terminated in the next few weeks due to ill health. My life has changed dramatically but others shouldn’t have...

Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I am pleased to have been able to put the details of Lee Irving’s case on the parliamentary record, for his family and in the hope that some good can come out of this horrendous tragedy. Unfortunately, after seven years of representing the people in Newcastle North, I have not yet succeeded in growing a cold heart or cynicism. I wanted to remain composed in order to make the strongest...

Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I appreciate the response that the Minister has given, but the increase in reporting of hate crime is very concerning. There are potentially two issues here. One is that people are more motivated or able to report hate crime, but it may be that there is a significant increase in hate crime as well. It is incumbent on the Government to find a way of monitoring that, so that we can understand...

Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I beg to move, That this House has considered supporting and safeguarding adults with learning disabilities. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson, as we consider this hugely important issue. How we better support and safeguard adults with learning disabilities is a subject on which I have been seeking to secure a debate for some time, following the most appalling case...

Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: That is an interesting suggestion. As a constituency MP, I work closely with the organisations I have mentioned so that I may correspond with and represent people with learning disabilities. There are local solutions and, potentially, national ways to support MPs. That is a good suggestion to ensure that those voices are heard in Parliament, and the intention of this debate is very much to...

Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. It is hard to imagine a more harrowing and disturbing case than that of Lee Irving. My thoughts remain very much with Lee’s family, particularly his mother, Bev, who I know is determined to ensure that something positive comes of her son’s death. I am sorry; I must do this subject the justice of staying composed. I am particularly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: End-of-Life Care (10 Oct 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: What steps his Department is taking to improve end-of-life care.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: End-of-Life Care (10 Oct 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: The End of Life Care Coalition has said that it remains deeply concerned about the enduring gap in resources for community-based health and social care services. Meanwhile, Together for Short Lives continues to highlight the unacceptable postcode lottery faced by 40,000 children with life-limiting conditions. What is the Minister doing to ensure that all clinical commissioning groups and...

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech in a timely debate. In light of this debate, a constituent contacted me and shared her very distressing experience of the five long years she waited for a diagnosis for her son. He requires support in every aspect of life and has suffered academically and socially while waiting for that diagnosis. Does my hon. Friend agree that waiting times are far...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Sep 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: The growth of new and renewable technologies presents a huge opportunity for the north-east economy but, given the continued uncertainty about the clean growth plan and our membership of and access to the single market, what are the Government doing to encourage business investment in this area?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (18 Jul 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: The Tyne and Wear Metro is in urgent need of investment if we are to see the new rolling stock rolled out by 2021. What conversations has the Chancellor had with the Transport Secretary about funding that vital piece of infrastructure for the north-east?

Euratom Membership — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Government need to be candid about all the costs of the various options being explored—associate membership, third-country membership and remaining in Euratom—and about the difference in costs? We know that during the referendum campaign a lot of inaccurate information was circulated about the cost of remaining and the associated benefits of...

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

Catherine McKinnell: I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman raised the issue of apprenticeships. It is important that we focus on access to university and higher education, but for an awful lot of young people, a route into an apprenticeship can unlock their potential. I co-chair the all-party group on apprenticeships, and we are launching a report today that focuses on what the Government can do to increase...

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

Catherine McKinnell: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate and making an excellent opening speech. We know that the challenge with social mobility begins in childhood. An estimated 3,300 children in my constituency are living in households with problem debt. One suggestion has been to give a breathing space to families facing problem debt by giving them 12 months to try to get back on their feet....

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: My hon. Friend is right that there is an opportunity to put this injustice right. The Conservative manifesto said: “We abhor social division, injustice, unfairness and inequality.” The Government have an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is so far as the 1950s women are concerned.

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I congratulate the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford) on being so quick off the mark, and being the first Member to make a maiden speech in this Parliament. She made a passionate case for Chelmsford, and she is clearly not one for messing around. It is an honour to follow her. We live in extremely challenging times, and the past year has certainly tested the resilience of Britain and...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: My hon. Friend is absolutely right and comes to the heart of what the Government need to do. The Brexit negotiations have finally commenced. It is impossible to reiterate enough how important getting the right deal for the north-east and its people will be, because my region possibly has the most to lose from a bad one. Almost 60% of the north-east’s exports currently go to the EU. I...

School Funding: North-east of England — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I did not want to take up time in my speech, in case there was not enough time in the debate, but I too want to pay tribute to both my hon. Friends. I am sorry they are leaving but very much hope to hear from them again.

School Funding: North-east of England — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Catherine McKinnell: I am incredibly grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson), who is an excellent MP, for securing this important debate to highlight the complex issues facing education funding in the north-east. As a parent of three young children, a member of the Education Committee and a local MP who cares very much about the schools in my area, one of the best...


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