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Points of Order: Online Forums (11 Sep 2018)

Lucy Powell: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make administrators and moderators of certain online forums responsible for content published on those forums; to require such administrators and moderators to remove certain content; to require platforms to publish information about such forums; and for connected purposes. On 18 June 2017, Darren Osborne drove a van into a crowd of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Funded Childcare (10 Sep 2018)

Lucy Powell: I am sure the Minister can guess what I am going to ask about. Among early years provision, the jewel in the crown for social mobility is our maintained nursery schools. The Minister will know from the conversations that we had before the summer that the supplementary funding that they receive from the Government is due to run out before the comprehensive spending review, so does he have an...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Lucy Powell: I thank the Minister for giving way; he did intervene on a number of colleagues during the debate. He champions numeracy, but does he accept that spending power is reduced when costs go up and income remains the same? The number of teachers who can be employed, the amount of training that can be put on and the support that schools can provide has reduced, and budgets have therefore fallen.

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Lucy Powell: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Erewash (Maggie Throup). I thank the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) for securing this debate and for encouraging the rest of us on the Education Committee to seek to secure it too. Despite earlier provocation, I am not going to talk about how we cut the cake; I want to talk about the size of the cake. I am sure that we will hear...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Lucy Powell: I thank my hon. Friend. I think the actual figure for the system as a whole is a lot higher than that. Further education, as the right hon. Member for Harlow said, has also been starved of cash since 2010. However, the spending power of higher education has increased by around 25%—austerity certainly has not hit that sector—but FE has seen cuts of around the same amount at a time...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Lucy Powell: You obviously need to work on that.

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Lucy Powell: Coming off the back of all the turmoil that we have seen on Northern and elsewhere recently, is not this equivocation on the electrification of the Manchester-to-Leeds line just another really serious blow for people in the north, who now feel overwhelmingly, time and again, that they are getting a second-class service from this Government? Will the Minister please offer some political...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2018)

Lucy Powell: A critical decision is currently with the Treasury on a life sciences grant that would create and secure hundreds of highly specialist jobs in Manchester. The private sector cornerstone company at the heart of that bid needs a decision by mid-July before it goes elsewhere in Europe. After months of indecision, will the Government now give us the okay on that bid as a matter of urgency?

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Lucy Powell: I will spend most of my speech discussing a cross-party letter that myself and 21 other MPs from Greater Manchester wrote to the Secretary of State last week in support of Heathrow expansion, and also asking the Government to renew and restate their energy and focus on delivering the vision of a northern powerhouse transport strategy that is fit for purpose. Before I do so, however, I will...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Lucy Powell: I am pre-empting some of the remarks that I will make in my speech later, but as a Manchester MP, I thought I should speak for Manchester airport on that point. Manchester airport refutes the figures in the forecasts, because it believes that it will exceed those passenger numbers even before the Heathrow expansion is on stream. The hub argument is not the right argument to make for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Lucy Powell: Heads have recently warned that the new GCSEs are “inhumane” and that the “collateral damage”, as they call it, will be the less able pupils. Given that the Health and Social Care and the Education Committees recently found that one of the top causes of child mental ill health is the new exam regime, when will the right hon. Gentleman’s Department take action to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Science, Technology and Innovation Investment (12 Jun 2018)

Lucy Powell: When looking at investment in science and innovation across the UK, will the Government do what has not been done in recent years, and make sure that the north gets its fair share?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (12 Jun 2018)

Lucy Powell: With Government support for the third runway at Heathrow coming on top of Crossrail 2, is this not yet another example of infrastructure spending going to the south-east of England? Will the Secretary of State now up the ante and make sure that we get the infrastructure spend to realise the northern powerhouse?

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Lucy Powell: The hon. and learned Lady is making an excellent speech. I wonder whether she has looked at the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack, which happened around the same time. Mayor Andy Burnham instigated the Kerslake review very quickly, and put the families and their wishes at its heart. That review has already reported, and every single recommendation has been agreed to.

Tributes: Baroness Jowell: Schools That Work For Everyone (14 May 2018)

Lucy Powell: It is regrettable that we are having to have this debate yet again. The grammar school the Secretary of State attended, St Ambrose in Trafford, has just 25 children on free school meals. Across the whole of Trafford, less than 2.5% of children are on free school meals. That compares with 25% in Manchester, where the attainment gap is narrower than it is in Trafford. In fact, the attainment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Mobility Action Plan (14 May 2018)

Lucy Powell: What steps he has taken to improve social mobility since the publication of the Social Mobility Action Plan.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Mobility Action Plan (14 May 2018)

Lucy Powell: I thank the Secretary of State for that reply. As we rightly pay tribute to the amazing Dame Tessa Jowell, who pioneered Sure Start centres, is now not the moment for us to come together across this House and recognise that boosting the early years is the route to social mobility in this country? Even George Osborne said that to the Education Committee the week before last. Will the Secretary...

Health and Social Care: Social Media: Children’s Mental Health (8 May 2018)

Lucy Powell: Speak to any young person about what is causing child mental health issues, and the No. 1 issue is not social media, but exam and test pressure in schools, as we have found in the joint inquiry by the Health and Education Committees. Will the Secretary of State be as harsh on his colleagues in the Department for Education as he is on the social media companies when it comes to child mental health?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Apr 2018)

Lucy Powell: On Saturday, I met a lovely young couple who had all but given up hope of ever being able to buy their own home, but thanks to an innovative and genuinely affordable housing scheme by Manchester City Council, they have just moved into their own house, right near the university. Will the Prime Minister join me in praising Manchester Labour, which, despite her Government’s planning and...


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