Results 1–20 of 834 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alison McGovern

Food Poverty: Merseyside — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Alison McGovern: Just before Christmas I walked into my constituency office and saw Jay Glover, my assistant, on the phone to the Department for Work and Pensions for an extraordinary amount of time, trying to resolve somebody’s benefits problem. That was just before Christmas, and that person had to go to a food bank. Does my hon. Friend agree that such incidents are becoming ever more frequent in all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EEA (16 Jan 2018)

Alison McGovern: Academic assessments by the Treasury are crucial, but my constituents are reeling from hundreds of job losses at Vauxhall. Last night’s comments by the chief executive officer of Airbus that whatever Brexit we have, it will be net negative, means we are talking again about hundreds of my constituents’ jobs on the line. I plead with the Minister to take this seriously, keep us in...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Alison McGovern: My constituents are today dealing with the news of yet more job losses at Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port. We are a place that manufactures, and we want to keep manufacturing, so can the Minister tell me and my constituents exactly what these opportunities are?

Local Government Finance Settlement (19 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: Cash-strapped Wirral Council has found more than £300,000 to deal with the consequences of the New Ferry explosion. So far the Government have not done enough. Will the Secretary of State update me as to their response to Wirral Council’s rebuild plan for New Ferry?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: I want to talk about the cut to stamp duty for first-time buyers, but before I do so I would like to take the opportunity to briefly remind Ministers on the Treasury Bench that in March my constituency suffered a terrible disaster: the gas explosion in New Ferry. The Department for Communities and Local Government currently has Wirral Council’s plan for the rebuild. I trust that, in...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention, but I have already answered her question. I said that in better economic circumstances this might be something that we might want to do, but it is not a priority for now. I answered her question before she even asked it. Given what the OBR has said, I ask Ministers once again to look at that and at the evidence. The value of this tax cut will not...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: The hon. Gentleman seems to be arguing that it takes a little bit of time for capital expenditure to get going. That is an argument for us to increase capital expenditure now, and wait until we have increased supply to make the tax cut. It is the front-loading of the tax cut versus pushing off our investment until sometime in the future. In proposing the stamp duty land tax cut, the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: Will the Minister give way?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: I thank the Minister for giving way, but he simply did not answer the question from my right hon. Friend the Member for Warley (John Spellar), who quite legitimately asked him where the money from this cut is going. The Minister talked about the average gain that will be made. Will he tell us the average benefit to a first-time buyer in the west midlands?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. Given the comments that we heard earlier about recent history, does she agree that the brutal cuts to important children’s services such as those that she describes go completely against the rhetoric with which David Cameron and George Osborne came to this House when they went into government in 2010, after the events we heard described just...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review on inclusive growth and equality (18 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: The hon. Gentleman is making the case that people borrowed too much because they were somehow feckless or immoral. [Interruption.] He mentioned the poor savings culture in this country and said that people were unable to save. Actually, is it not the case that the picture has worsened since then, because the simple fact is that wages have been held down and people are now unable to save? How...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer told me that the Cabinet had never even discussed the decision to leave the single market and the customs union. As we move on, we need to be absolutely clear about the Cabinet’s view, so will the Prime Minister inform the House when the Cabinet last discussed the negotiating objectives for the final trade deal?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: Will the Secretary of State confirm when the Cabinet took the decision that our country would leave the single market and the customs union?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Home Building (4 Dec 2017)

Alison McGovern: In New Ferry, we are desperate to build new homes as part of the regeneration following last March’s explosion. I am still disappointed that the Government refused to help with emergency costs for New Ferry, but will the Secretary of State confirm that he received Wirral Council’s email of last week containing the regeneration plan, and will he now step forward and fund the...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Alison McGovern: Apart from failing to address the inequality for the WASPI women, last week’s Budget failed the central test; it should have taken this on. Our economy faces the incredible challenge of Brexit and last week, the Chancellor should have come to the Dispatch Box, been honest with the country and said, “This isn’t working. Let’s stay in the single market. Let’s stay...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Alison McGovern: I have been in this House slightly longer than my hon. Friend, so I saw the former Chancellor, George Osborne, having to U-turn on his deficit reduction plan. He failed to meet every one of his debt targets. Labour kept debt at 40% of GDP, and now it is 80% of GDP. Does my hon. Friend agree that the carping from Conservative Members is in total ignorance of the facts?

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Alison McGovern: The Secretary of State answered my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) elegantly, but all he really did was restate the premise of her question, so let me give him another chance. Page 202 of the White Paper refers to a “programme that will target areas where businesses need to improve to match the best in Europe.” The problem with competing with businesses in...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Alison McGovern: I represent a fairly finely balanced constituency. Many of my constituents voted leave and many voted remain. In view of that, I approached the election in June with some trepidation because I thought, “How do you bring people together in an area where many have opposing views?” But it turned out to be fairly straightforward. I told them what I thought we could do to get a deal...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Alison McGovern: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is about time that we all remembered that we have more in common than that which divides us?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Alison McGovern: Will the Solicitor General give way?


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