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Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Toby Perkins: I have no idea how that last paragraph has anything to do with the debate that the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) has secured, so let me bring the Leader of the House back to the matter in hand. Having just had a general election in which the Prime Minister ran away from debates, but then at the end claimed there were no serious debates during the election, it is...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Toby Perkins: One point being made from the Government Benches is that it is a matter for the Government to decide whether they vote. However, with regard to the relevance of this place, many people watch debates that come up, on Opposition days and at other times, and they expect a vote, and if there is no vote then they believe that the view of Parliament has been heard and they expect things to change...

Hurricane Irma: Government Response (12 Sep 2017)

Toby Perkins: In an interview yesterday, Haydn Hughes, the former Anguillan parliamentary secretary, stated: “Up to today, six days after Hurricane Irma hit Anguilla, there has been no meaningful action provided by the UK Government”. He said that there was no sense of a “plan of action” or of “how any aid moneys would be allocated”. Anguilla is still without electricity...

Hurricane Irma (7 Sep 2017)

Toby Perkins: I spoke a few moments ago to Kennedy Hodge, an Anguillan student who has arrived just today in Chesterfield. He laid out the scale of the devastation in Anguilla, which is quite unlike anything they have seen before. The Minister was at pains to explain the difference between our relationship with our overseas territories and that of the French Government with theirs, but if he is to make...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Toby Perkins: Businesses that are thinking about whether to invest here in the UK or overseas in the EU will be horrified to hear the Secretary of State glibly agreeing with the Prime Minister by saying that leaving on WTO terms would be fine. Will the Secretary of State take this opportunity to state that if we were to leave on WTO terms, the consequences for the car factory that my hon. Friend the...

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

Toby Perkins: Much of the growth is due to the fact that we are spending more on imports, due to the low cost of the pound. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal that our trade in goods deficit has risen by £2.6 billion over the past quarter and now stands at a staggering £34.4 billion. Does not the extra cost of imports have an impact on the cost of our exports and...

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Toby Perkins: In Chesterfield, we stand ready to take advantage of the opportunity created by the jobs at the new Staveley depot, which we welcome. We also very much welcome the suggestion that there will be a stop at Chesterfield. Will the Secretary of State build on the good news for us in Chesterfield by confirming that there will be stops at Chesterfield? The wording of the Bill is somewhat ambiguous....

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (12 Jul 2017)

Toby Perkins: Politicians are said to be here today and gone tomorrow, but whatever tomorrow may bring, the Prime Minister is not even here today to mark the end of her first year in power. I also note that, for the first time since she became Prime Minister—Listen: you might like to hear this. For the first time since she became Prime Minister, her image has been removed from the front page of the...

International Trade: Commonwealth Countries (6 Jul 2017)

Toby Perkins: Members on the Conservative Back Benches are desperate for the Secretary of State to give us more confidence that we will massively increase trade with the Commonwealth, but I think he is wise not to do so. India, Australia and Canada collectively account for less than 5% of our exports, and research shows that the most enduring statistic is that trade halves whenever the distance between...

Yemen: Political and Humanitarian Situation (5 Jul 2017)

Toby Perkins: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty) on securing the debate and on his campaign—

Yemen: Political and Humanitarian Situation (5 Jul 2017)

Toby Perkins: I was on target a few seconds ago. My hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff South and Penarth has done good work on this. I agree with what my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) said about how we need a humanitarian and political solution to such an urgent humanitarian crisis. We also need to recognise that there will be no military solution—the Saudis themselves...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tennis Tournaments (29 Jun 2017)

Toby Perkins: Whether she has made a comparative assessment of the number of ATP Futures and Challenger-level tennis tournaments held in the UK and in other European countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tennis Tournaments (29 Jun 2017)

Toby Perkins: Mr Speaker, I am sure you will also join me in wishing Alex Ward, Jay Clarke and Marcus Willis well as they attempt to qualify for Wimbledon today, but professional tennis does not begin and end at Wimbledon, and the number of professional Futures tournaments in Britain has gone down from 23 in 2013 to just six last year. Does the Minister agree that the number of Futures tournaments is...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Construction Industry: Cash Retentions (27 Jun 2017)

Toby Perkins: If the Government had only listened in 2015 to the amendments the Labour party tabled to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, we would already have a solution. We were told then that the Government were going to take action. We were told again a few months ago that they were taking action with their proposals about naming and shaming businesses that did not publish their late...

Grenfell Tower (22 Jun 2017)

Toby Perkins: The Communities Secretary has demanded that the chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea Council resigns. Should Councillor Paget-Brown resign?

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

Toby Perkins: I thank all the voters of the Chesterfield constituency who, for the third time, have done me the honour of sending me back to this place. As the final speaker in today’s debate on the Queen’s Speech, it comes as little surprise to me that today we have learned that the Prime Minister’s head of policy is the latest adviser to leave the sinking ship. Not only did...

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

Toby Perkins: I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for giving way. He is absolutely right that the economy should be a priority. He has mentioned some of the things that might have to wait until further down the line, but he did not talk about immigration. Having spent a lot of time speaking to people in Chesterfield over the last few weeks, I know that if we end up with some kind of deal whereby...

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

Toby Perkins: The Prime Minister is celebrating her immense triumph following the recent campaign, but I could not help but notice something as she and the Leader of the Opposition went off to listen to the Queen’s Speech. Thinking back to when I was at school and we came back having not seen people for six weeks, I thought, “Has she shrunk, or has he grown?” [Interruption.]


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