Results 1–20 of 1227 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lisa Nandy

Stronger Towns Fund (4 Mar 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I welcome the Minister’s understanding that, for decades, our towns have suffered from chronic under-investment and disrespect from national politicians. It is therefore frustrating to hear him talk about handing decision-making powers over this funding to local enterprise partnerships, which have enabled this city-centric model of decision making to persist for far too long. They do not...

Backbench Business: Former British Child Migrants: Payment Scheme (26 Feb 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I am very grateful to the Minister for that comprehensive response and for taking so many interventions. I am grateful to all the Members who have spoken in the debate. I have given her a hard time over the past year or so, and she has taken it on the chin and responded. It was her who came to this place and said that it was incredibly difficult to get things through Government with...

Backbench Business: Former British Child Migrants: Payment Scheme (26 Feb 2019)

Lisa Nandy: The wider communication of the policy is important precisely because of that group of people who have passed away. I imagine that their relatives would be much less likely to look at the Child Migrants Trust website and much more likely to look at gov.uk or the Department of Health and Social Care’s site. If the Minister would at least consider putting something on the Government’s...

Backbench Business: Former British Child Migrants: Payment Scheme (26 Feb 2019)

Lisa Nandy: It would be helpful to those child migrants if we could get some clarity about why Sir Anthony Hart came up with that amount. The aim is not necessarily to question that amount, but if we are seeking to put a figure on the level of harm and dispossession that was caused, those child migrants would appreciate—and indeed are entitled to—an explanation of how the amount was arrived at. If...

Backbench Business: Former British Child Migrants: Payment Scheme (26 Feb 2019)

Lisa Nandy: It would be helpful to the Child Migrants Trust if the Minister were to agree to a further meeting with the trust to discuss some of those outstanding concerns. I would be grateful for an assurance that she will do that.

Backbench Business: Former British Child Migrants: Payment Scheme (26 Feb 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I beg to move, That this House has considered the former British child migrants payment scheme. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone, on this very important issue. This is not the first time that we have debated the issue in this place, and I am very pleased to say that since the last time that we had a debate on it, the Minister has managed to get the Government to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (29 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: It was embarrassing to be part of the pantomime that started this debate earlier and that could not contrast more with the levels of anxiety that I hear out there in the country whenever I am allowed to go home. These debates have largely generated far more heat than light, and I have been glad to hear many Members, in the debate that has ensued, recognise that we are breaking our democracy....

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [9th Allotted Day] (15 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: For all the division in this House, I have not met a single Member, privately or publicly, who believes this motion has a chance of being passed tonight. For many Opposition Members, that is not because of the withdrawal agreement itself but because of the complete absence of clarity about what is to come next. Almost three years after one of the most divisive episodes in British history, it...

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I thank all the many Members who have turned up today to show the strength of feeling that there is in every corner of this country. I am grateful to the Minister for sitting through the debate, listening to our concerns and taking on board some of the issues relating to the consultation process, but I probably reflect the view of every Member who has spoken when I say that I am deeply...

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I am grateful to the Minister for trying to address some of our concerns, but the community is not being consulted on whether the post office is moved into WHSmith. A consultation is explicitly ruled out in the documents that I have been sent. Although she says that this is technically not a closure, to our community it is. The post office has stood on that site for 134 years. Some of the...

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: That is what I am trying to do.

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: As the Member of Parliament for Wigan, I am duty-bound to assure my hon. Friend that the best pies in the country are found in my constituency.

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I beg to move, That this House has considered franchising of Crown Post Offices and the effect on high streets and local communities. I refer Members to my entry in the register of Members’ interests. Just before Christmas, we learned that 74 Crown post offices faced closure or franchising to a retail branch, including my local one in Wigan. Taken alongside the 150 that have already been...

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I could not agree more, and I know that my hon. Friend is a tremendous champion of that workforce in his Bury constituency. That point goes to the heart of how a publicly owned service should set the standard for how we treat our workers and our customers. I absolutely agree with him.

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. On that basis, I was quite horrified at what happened last month when I went to my Crown post office to talk to the staff. I went with a representative of the Communication Workers Union, who had notified management in advance, but an area manager was then sent all the way to Wigan to block me at the door. We were chucked out of the building, but for...

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and that is the view expressed very strongly by my constituents in Wigan. Over in Oldham, Members have had a significant response to a public petition that they set up for precisely that reason. A Citizens Advice report showed that in those post offices that have been franchised, the result is longer queues, reduced counters and a significant loss of...

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I agree, and I think that my hon. Friend the Member for Reading East (Matt Rodda) might have an issue from his constituency that is relevant to that point.

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: Many Members have similar anecdotes from their constituencies—I can see that the Minister is listening, and I am grateful to her for doing so. I have learned that access to post office counters in WHSmith is a huge issue for those with mobility impairments. Some, such as the one that my hon. Friend has just mentioned, have been located on the first floor in premises that do not have an...

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: The hon. Gentleman’s constituents clearly have a very strong voice here.

Crown Post Offices: Franchising — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (10 Jan 2019)

Lisa Nandy: I absolutely agree that that is happening, and the public can see it is happening, which accounts for the anger and the public response, particularly from older people, who the Conservative party has traditionally been very concerned to attract. It would be worth reflecting on the fact that the National Pensioners Convention has come out very strongly against the latest wave of Crown post...


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