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Surgical Mesh: Cancer Treatment (19 Apr 2018)

Heidi Alexander: It is a genuine privilege to speak in this debate, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Croydon Central (Sarah Jones) and the right hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (James Brokenshire) on securing it. It is entirely appropriate that this debate has been led by two south London MPs. As a fellow south Londoner, may I start by saying what a special place in our heart is...

Surgical Mesh: Cancer Treatment (19 Apr 2018)

Heidi Alexander: I am drawing my remarks to a close. It saddens me that we seem a long way from that aspiration, but if we are to honour the work of people such as Tessa and the memory of people such as my father-in-law, it has to be worth fighting for.

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

Heidi Alexander: This debate today, about how we take decisions on UK military action, is an important one. The Prime Minister’s decision to commit British service personnel to involvement in limited airstrikes against Syrian targets last week has generated strong feelings on both sides. I have mixed views on the rights and wrongs of that action, and I do not know how I would have voted had the decision...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval (17 Apr 2018)

Heidi Alexander: I have great sympathy with what my hon. Friend has said. Much has been said in recent years about the Syria votes that happened in this place in 2013. Something that is often forgotten is that the two votes that took place on that night five years ago were about two different decision-making processes. One, the Labour motion, was a more rigorous process; the Government motion was less...

EU Referendum: Electoral Law (27 Mar 2018)

Heidi Alexander: May I start by congratulating the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) on securing this debate and on the way in which he opened our deliberations? May I also pay tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw)? He suggested that when he first started raising these issues in Parliament some people perceived him to be something of a crank, but I...

EU Referendum: Electoral Law (27 Mar 2018)

Heidi Alexander: I am afraid I will not. If the hon. Gentleman wishes to make a speech and contribute to the debate—contributions from the Conservative Benches have been so sadly lacking—he will have time to do so. I have read the reports over the past few days and looked at some of the emails that were exchanged between some of the key players, and I am worried that what I see is a corrosive...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Academy Orders (19 Mar 2018)

Heidi Alexander: How many schools in England subject to an academy order have not confirmed a sponsor.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Academy Orders (19 Mar 2018)

Heidi Alexander: The Minister might know that my interest in this matter stems from the number of years it took his Department to resolve the situation at Sedgehill School in Lewisham, which was not able to find a sponsor and instead has agreed a three-year school improvement partnership. If the Department is struggling so much to find sponsors for academies, why is this still a central plank of the...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Heidi Alexander: Will the Minister give way?

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Heidi Alexander: So here we are again. Another day, another debate on Europe—nearly two years after the referendum and at a time when we face enormous challenges both here and abroad. The inescapable truth about Brexit is that our Government are involved in the biggest exercise of reinventing the wheel that this country has ever seen. When a nerve agent has been used in Salisbury to try to kill a...

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Heidi Alexander: If continued ease of trade with Europe for our financial services firms, broadcasters, insurance providers and IT companies ends up being dependent on an EU immigration regime that is broadly similar to that which we have at the moment, what will the Prime Minister choose: the economy or her precious immigration targets?

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Heidi Alexander: I understand the note of caution that the hon. Gentleman articulates about EFTA, but I also understand that Scottish National party policy is to remain in the single market. If his party does not favour remaining in the European economic area by staying in EFTA, how does it propose to remain in the single market?

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Heidi Alexander: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Rail Update (5 Feb 2018)

Heidi Alexander: May I ask the Transport Secretary for an update on station accessibility improvements? Hither Green in my constituency was due for a major upgrade in this control period, but that was kicked into the long grass by his predecessor. How much has been allocated for these improvement projects in the next control period, and will projects that were priorities last time around but lost out continue...

NHS Winter Crisis (5 Feb 2018)

Heidi Alexander: It has been reported to me that out of the 17 cubicles at Lewisham A&E one morning last November, five people were awaiting section with severe mental health problems. One person was there for over 72 hours, another for over 26 hours and another for over 21 hours, and all were there for over four hours. When will the Minister acknowledge that the reason why A&Es cannot cope is that...

Immigration White Paper (5 Feb 2018)

Heidi Alexander: The Minister will be aware that roughly half the immigrants who come to this country are from outside the EU and the European economic area. She talks about control, so will she tell me how many non-EEA citizens there are in the UK who have had an immigration application refused, but have not had removal or deportation proceedings initiated against them?

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

Heidi Alexander: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (1 Feb 2018)

Heidi Alexander: Given reports today of a huge gap between the UK and the EU on how financial services will be able to be traded freely in a post-Brexit environment, can the Secretary of State set out exactly how he sees this trade operating successfully in future, and exactly how he plans to protect the jobs of the 1.1 million people in the UK who work in this sector?

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Heidi Alexander: Given that the leaked Government analysis confirms that, realistically, there are three ways that the UK might leave the EU, each with a very different impact on jobs, trade and livelihoods, why have MPs not been given a direct vote at the start of the process to determine what sort of Brexit the UK is pursuing? Is it not about time that we in this House are allowed to take back common sense...


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