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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: This has been a very wide-ranging and cross-party debate, with Members agreeing on many areas. In the brief time I have, I want to raise one issue that worries me immensely about the future of NATO and how it operates. We will need more time on the Floor of the House for this, which I will seek from the Leader of the House during business questions at some point. It is the issue of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I will not give way. I believe we need at a future date to spend time in the House discussing the relationship between PESCO and NATO in order to advise the NATO Parliamentary Assembly how to take this forward.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Going back to the naval issue and equipping NATO, does my right hon. Friend agree that that is about not just increasing the level of spending to 2%, but where it is invested? The Royal Navy is going through a period of complete renewal and will have some of the most advanced ships and capabilities in the world. Will he be making representations, especially at the NATO summit, about the need...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: My constituents at Garforth, Micklefield and Woodlesford stations are agog at how bad the trains have got, and I lay the blame for a lot of this at the door of Network Rail, not the Secretary of State. There have been plenty of opportunities and plenty of promises made over decades; I was using this train line 20 years ago, and it was rubbish then and it is rubbish now. What can he do to...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: The hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell) commented on the French nationalised railways. Does my hon. Friend agree that they are in terrible straits, and that the President has recognised that the present system cannot continue because it is haemorrhaging billions of euros every year?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I am most grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way. Will she now clarify from the Dispatch Box that in order to nationalise the railways, it is Labour’s specific policy not to be a member of the single market?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I am sure that my hon. Friend recognises that President Macron, a centre-left politician, has recognised that the French railway system is completely unsustainable, and that has led all the workers out on strike.

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: The problem this afternoon is that we are just going to fall into the ideological arguments about nationalisation and privatisation, rather than getting down to some of the key causes of why we are in this position today. Quite frankly, the nationalisation argument has been blown out of the water with the single market argument, as I said earlier. I am pleased to be following the hon. Member...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Just give me two seconds. When we look at the money that was earned, some £1 billion was returned in three years compared with £1 billion in five years under nationalisation.

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I am delighted that the hon. Gentleman has made that point. Indeed, that is the problem with a nationalised company. Many people have said, “Oh, it’s the Secretary of State’s responsibility in a nationalised company, ” but that is not how it works—it is not how it has ever worked. On the one hand, people are saying that the Secretary of State should take complete...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Railtrack failed due to the vandalism of John Prescott when he was Transport Secretary. He took advantage of the opportunity when British Rail’s failure to keep its system upgraded and safe culminated just three years into privatisation under Railtrack. The track that broke, which caused Railtrack to fail and to be transformed into Network Rail, did not degrade in the three years of...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: I am sorry, but I have taken two interventions and I will not have any more. It was a disgrace to use that failure as an opportunity to act according to political ideology. I am very clear on that point. One of the fundamental problems with the railway is that we have got to a point where we are looking back through rose-tinted glasses. I recommend to everyone—perhaps some people have...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Was steam still around?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Is there not a much bigger problem with the Labour party’s policy of nationalisation? Labour Members are trying to keep us in the single market, but the state aid rules within the single market mean that we cannot nationalise.

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Private Members’ Bills: Money Resolutions (21 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: If Members are worried about the number of people appearing on the register, is that not a flaw in the argument that we should change to 10-year cycles rather than five-year cycles?

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Private Members’ Bills: Money Resolutions (21 May 2018)

Alec Shelbrooke: This has been a wide-ranging debate. The hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Afzal Khan)—I congratulate him on introducing the debate—spoke about the reduction of the number of seats and directly about his private Member’s Bill bringing the number to 650, which has slightly muddied the waters when we look at money resolutions. My hon. Friend the Member for North East...


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