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Results 1–20 of 140 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Louise Mensch

House of Lords Reform Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (9 Jul 2012)

Louise Mensch: My hon. Friend is being very generous in giving way again. If he believes that people should be elected and should be accountable to the electorate, will he not reject a system whereby people are elected for a 15-year term, but never have to face the electorate ever again?

House of Lords Reform Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (9 Jul 2012)

Louise Mensch: Does my hon. Friend recognise that we recently had a referendum on changing the voting system for the Westminster Parliament, which the public overwhelmingly rejected? Is not the Bill an attempt to introduce that through the back door?

House of Lords Reform Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (9 Jul 2012)

Louise Mensch: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Privilege (22 May 2012)

Louise Mensch: The situation is not quite as simple as a simple perjury charge, which would apply on any occasion that one gave evidence under oath. The case in the United States refers specifically to contempt of Congress, which in respect of Parliament is the offence that we should create. As a corollary, does the hon. Gentleman not agree that there must be grave disquiet when a non-judicial body, such as...

Privilege (22 May 2012)

Louise Mensch: Following on from the excellent speech of the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Paul Farrelly), I am glad that the motion calls for us to “note” the report, because—it is worth beginning by saying this—three members of the Committee, of whom I was one, did not agree with the very last paragraph of the conclusions, particularly the wilful blindness allegations against James and...

Privilege (22 May 2012)

Louise Mensch: That is an interesting question. There ought to be no difference. People are testifying before the Parliament of the United Kingdom when they testify before a Select Committee, and Parliament has the right to expect that it is not materially lied to. In my opinion, the same sanctions should apply. The whole House is familiar with the offence of contempt of court that is routinely used. Let us...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (9 May 2012)

Louise Mensch: The right hon. Gentleman is coming on to the economy, so, since the shadow Chancellor cannot enlighten us, will he tell the House how he is coming along with costing his economic programme?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Ministerial Code (Culture Secretary) (30 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: Does my right hon. Friend share my mystification as to how the Leader of the Opposition can deduce that there has been a breach of the ministerial code without seeing the texts and e-mails that passed between the Culture Secretary and Adam Smith, which are to come out in the Leveson inquiry?

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: Not only does not everyone have an iPad at this stage, but residents in my constituency of Corby were unbelievably insulted to be told that the Corby Evening Telegraph would be replaced by an iPad app, which excludes both people on low incomes and elderly people who are not familiar with the internet. I firmly agree with the Minister that a Facebook campaign is no substitute. He is, like me,...

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: Thank you, Mrs Main. It is a delight to see this debate so well attended by hon. Members from all parties. Although this is a particularly heavy news day, it is nevertheless appropriate that we debate local news, because local papers remain, despite not grabbing the headlines, the single most popular print medium in the UK. They are read by almost 70% of the adult population and have a...

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: The hon. Lady is right. I intend to mention local accountability later.

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: I agree. Later, I will mention substantively the remedy for falling circulation and the lack of a good business model for local newspapers.

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: Indeed. If hon. Members will forgive me, I will make a tiny bit more progress. On that important point, Johnston Press, which manages a large group of notable newspapers throughout the country, recently cut a handful of its titles. The Corby Evening Telegraph is one of those titles and is moving from being a daily to a weekly paper. That newspaper group runs more than 1,000 titles throughout...

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: I agree that half a loaf is better than no bread, but an important part of my speech is to ask the Minister to assess, in his reply, whether direct or indirect Government subsidy ought to be given to our local press. In the Government’s plans for local television stations, for example, an indirect subsidy is proposed, whereby the BBC will be compelled to take content and pay for content...

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: The Eastern Daily Press is an absolute star and gem of a newspaper. However, I am sure that my hon. Friend would agree that what he mentions is not a substitute for a properly localised paper that can address the concerns of local people. In my constituency, the glories of Corby and of east Northamptonshire are very different and the concerns of people in east Northants and Corby are...

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: It would not be for me to propose a knee-jerk solution to the problems of local papers and their declining readership. It is a fact that local newspaper readership has been declining and that big newspaper groups cannot make this work. I only ask the Minister in his reply to announce that the Government will have a review into local democracy and the local press. I ask the Government to look...

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: I do, indeed.

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: I agree completely. If we agree that, in some cases, state subsidy—whether direct or indirect—is justified, we need to ask ourselves whether newspapers along with other organs are a worthy recipient of that at local level. I come again to the irreplaceable point that local democracy is best served when there is an organ that can hold local politicians to account in a thorough way. At the...

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: Yes, I do indeed. When part of that advertising comes from Government and the local council, it is important to create a level playing field over various forms of media. The BBC is a national treasure, but when it goes to hyper-localism in its websites and reporting, it creates a very difficult behemoth for local commercial papers to compete against. Council free sheets have been the single...

Local Newspapers (25 Apr 2012)

Louise Mensch: I do indeed. Now is not the time to wipe out our local press.


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