Results 1–20 of 123 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mike Thornton

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Green-belt Land (2 Feb 2015)

Mike Thornton: In my constituency, Eastleigh borough council is working hard to meet the desperate need for more housing while also protecting the precious green gaps between our towns and villages. Are the Secretary of State and the Minister aware that the inspectorate has overruled the borough council’s local plan, which was based on all the evidence available, while refusing to give an adequate...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railway Stations (Disabled Access) (22 Jan 2015)

Mike Thornton: At Hedge End railway station in my constituency there is the absurd situation whereby someone who is disabled has to travel in the opposite direction in order to cross in a lift and travel back to reach their destination, adding considerable time and inconvenience to the journey. Investment in a lift at that station has been refused on the ridiculous basis that not enough people use the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Dec 2014)

Mike Thornton: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am a bit surprised!

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Dec 2014)

Mike Thornton: Sometimes I worry I might forget where I am. Some of the most heart-rending cases in my surgery on a weekly basis involve people who have had mental health difficulties and feel let down by the national health service and other organisations set up to help them. Does the Deputy Prime Minister agree with me that it is time we did more?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Mike Thornton: I will be brief, because I am meant to be in the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill Committee—I am sure that everyone here wishes that they were in there with me. I welcome many of the provisions of the Infrastructure Bill, but I will focus mainly on those issues pertaining to transport, as that is the brief my party colleagues, in their wisdom, have given me. The road network...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Infrastructure Bill [Lords] (8 Dec 2014)

Mike Thornton: I, too, thank the right hon. Gentleman for his generosity. Are councillors in his constituency starting to feel that developers see no need to obtain local permission for any new development because they know that the planning inspector will overrule any decision made by the councillors?

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mike Thornton: When the hon. Gentleman has left this House after this debate, will he do me the great favour of reading Luke 10, chapters 25 to 37 and ask himself the question: who then is my neighbour? May I ask him to do that?

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mike Thornton: Perhaps you should.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (4 Dec 2014)

Mike Thornton: Sections of the M27 in my constituency—the busiest motorway per mile in the country—are so noisy that local residents are unable to open their windows in the stifling summers that climate change has brought us, and that affects their health and sanity. My constituency continues to wait for resurfacing, so will the Minister please investigate the provision of effective noise...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Road Investment Strategy (1 Dec 2014)

Mike Thornton: This investment, which will include improvements to the M3 and the M27, will be a particular boon to my constituents, although more work needs to be done on quietening the M27. Does the Secretary of State agree that the dualling of the A303 and the A358 in the south-west, the dualling around Ellingham and the vital reduction of black spots on the A30 will represent a boon for the economy in...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: Does my hon. Friend agree that that will level the playing field for good landlords who are really interested in helping their tenants, because they will be able to provide decent accommodation that is well looked after without being undercut by rogue landlords who are not interested in their tenants at all?

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bill (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: Unfortunately, the hon. Gentleman is unwilling to allow this mother of Parliaments to make a decision on this motion and I have to leave for my constituency. All I can say is that, as a fairly new Member of this House, I am shocked and ashamed that this sort of thing can go on. It is the clear will of the House and of the public that this Bill be passed, yet this gentleman makes an outrageous...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bill (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was politely interrupted earlier, but I am now going to continue. Now, where was I?

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bill (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: Yes. I was discussing my colleague’s important Bill. [Interruption.]

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bill (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: We will start all over again. As I was saying, our duty to our constituents as MPs is often difficult where there are worries about triggering a revenge eviction by a rogue landlord. It is important to understand why we are introducing this measure.

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bill (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, because that is exactly what I think, and exactly why my hon. Friend the Member for Brent Central has introduced the Bill: not only to protect tenants, but to allow our caring and hard-working environmental health officers to do their job in the way they want to do it. My right hon. Friend the Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Annette...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bill (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: I thank the hon. Gentleman, who is exactly right. Most landlords are responsible, decent and caring people. We need to protect not only tenants but other landlords, because rogue landlords also damage their reputation and their willingness to carry on as landlords, without being seen as abusing their tenants. The great friend I mentioned earlier is one of those responsible landlords. Some...

Prayers: Immigration Statistics (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: As the Minister knows, the Deputy Prime Minister is keen to ensure that benefits are fair. Does he agree that the reason people come to this country is to do the jobs that need filling? Industries and public services in large areas of the country would have a severe problem if we did not welcome those people who come here to work hard and contribute to our economy.

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: As many hon. Members will be aware, I secured a Westminster Hall debate on electrical safety in private rented properties about a year ago, It was only at that point that I discovered, to my shock and horror, not only that was there no protection for people, as there were no proper certificates for electrical safety, but that if anyone complained, for instance to the council, as was their...

Prayers: Tenancies (Reform) Bil (28 Nov 2014)

Mike Thornton: That should be examined more carefully. It is vital that we continue to consider the private rented sector because otherwise we may have to look seriously in a few years at not having one at all. It is vital that we make things viable and fair, and make living in a private rented property a decent proposition.


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