Results 1–20 of 378 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 Kane

School Funding (25 Apr 2018)

Mike Kane: It is obvious that the Schools Minister is becoming increasingly isolated in this Chamber because he will be the only Member to stand at the Dispatch Box in this debate who is not a Mancunian. The Secretary of State said in response to my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford North (Wes Streeting), regarding the devastating impact of school cuts that are going on up and down the country and in...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Mike Kane: In the few minutes available, I want to say that, as a Catholic parliamentarian, I stand in solidarity with my Jewish colleagues in the Chamber today. As chairman of the Catholic Legislators Network and the director of Catholics for Labour, I know that we have to fight anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head. In October 2015, Pope Francis met Jewish representatives and said in a...

Kerslake Arena Attack Review (28 Mar 2018)

Mike Kane: The Minister has comported himself really well at the Dispatch Box today, and I think the House agrees on that. May I follow on from the comments made by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) and praise you, Mr Speaker? You stood shoulder to shoulder with us on 23 May last year, when the Bishop of Manchester led us in prayers. We will never forget Tony Walsh...

Rail Announcement (27 Mar 2018)

Mike Kane: We know that the Secretary of State is desperate to get from his home in Surrey to his seat at Old Trafford more quickly, so why are the Government dragging their feet when it comes to funding for the station at Manchester airport and the east-west alignment negotiations at Manchester Piccadilly station?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Turkish Military Operations: Syria (27 Mar 2018)

Mike Kane: What recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Syria.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Turkish Military Operations: Syria (27 Mar 2018)

Mike Kane: Christian Aid is saying that there are now 98,000 internally displaced people in Afrin. What assessment has the Minister made of our relationship with Turkey on this matter?

GCSE English Literature Exams — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (26 Mar 2018)

Mike Kane: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for her leadership on the Petitions Committee and for her excellent speech. Her clear pedagogical knowledge shone through, as did that of the hon. Member for Glasgow North West (Carol Monaghan). They are both, like me, former teachers. The new structure of the...

Integrated Communities (14 Mar 2018)

Mike Kane: I agree with the Secretary of State on the role of faith groups in the pursuit of integration. Will he join me in congratulating the Well Project in my constituency, which is underpinned by the Caritas organisation in helping refugees and asylum seekers to integrate through the provision of English as an additional language and through women’s and girls’ leadership? I have to say...

A-Level Provision: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough (27 Feb 2018)

Mike Kane: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I, too, congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle) on securing this debate. She started with the principle that good education is a right for all. That should happen everywhere—not just in areas of advantage, but in areas of disadvantage. She succinctly outlined the issues facing young...

A-Level Provision: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough (27 Feb 2018)

Mike Kane: I too praise Knowsley for all it is trying to do to get the best provision. It now has no hand in four of its schools, although it has soft power, and its direct influence is on only the two Roman Catholic schools, which are yet to be academised. They are all working as hard as they can with the Archdiocese of Liverpool. I will finish as I began with what Michael Wilshaw, the outgoing head of...

Syria: De-Escalation Zones: Points of Order (26 Feb 2018)

Mike Kane: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Syria: De-Escalation Zones (26 Feb 2018)

Mike Kane: On Friday, I was pressed by the Afrin diaspora in my constituency about the Turkish bombardment and invasion. I understand that today President Macron picked up the phone and spoke to President Erdoğan to remind him that the humanitarian truce applies. From what the Foreign Secretary has said, though, I am still not clear what representations Her Majesty’s Government or the Prime...

Northern Ireland (20 Feb 2018)

Mike Kane: A young generation in Ireland, north and south, and on the mainland have no recollection of violence because of the Good Friday agreement. Therefore, does the Secretary of State agree that those who are playing fast and loose with that agreement for their own terms over Brexit should not be doing so?

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Mike Kane: I welcome the Minister to his place in his new Department. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson). She is a tireless campaigner as the chair of the all-party group on school food and she has shone a light for many years on this issue. She is also the first Sharon in the 100 years of women being elected to this place, so I congratulate her on that,...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Mike Kane: I cannot agree more with my hon. Friend. We talked about cliff edges. What assessment has the Minister made of the cliff edge issues? In particular, how many children will be affected and how much will it cost families to make up the shortfall? A second and connected issue has been flagged in the debate: the pupil premium. Pupil premium is additional funding targeted at raising the attainment...

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Mike Kane: We will broaden it out and should have more, not fewer, children on free school meals. That was clearly our policy in our manifesto in June.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)

Mike Kane: I am not giving way to the hon. Gentleman, although I would say that only a former policy adviser would frame a question in the way that he did. We know that for disadvantaged pupils having a full belly helps them perform. We had a fully costed manifesto at the general election, unlike the Conservative party, which—on its insult and injury tour—was taking away free school meals...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Literacy and Numeracy (29 Jan 2018)

Mike Kane: Evidence from last year’s key stage 2 SATs shows that the attainment gap between children on free school meals and their peers has widened since the year before. The results for the Minister’s precious key stage 1 phonics for kids on free school meals actually went backwards last year. At least the previous Secretary of State talked the talk on social mobility. Isn’t it...

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Mike Kane: Carillion is a partner in an international joint venture to deliver Manchester airport city enterprise zone in my constituency. Does the Minister agree that what has happened gives a terrible signal to international investors about the state of UK plc?

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

Mike Kane: Sky News did some research in the summer that showed that the vast bulk of the best-paid BBC journalists went to a private or selective school, and that we can count on the fingers of one hand those who did not. Does the Secretary of State agree that while there is much merit in pursuing this case, we have to end the self-serving, self-selecting elite bias in the appointments to some of the...


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