Results 1–20 of 216 for speaker:Mhairi Black

Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Jan 2018)

Mhairi Black: I have a constituent who escaped an abusive relationship and has been passed from pillar to post between the old Child Support Agency and the new child maintenance service. After four and a half years of that, she has now been told by the CMS that she has to start the whole process all over again. On top of that, it is insisting that she passes on her personal and her bank details directly to...

Pension Equality for Women: Hormone Pregnancy Tests (14 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: No, I was talking to my colleagues.

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: I too woke up this morning and thought, “What the hang am I going to say?” I have said everything multiple times, and there are only so many ways you can state the same facts. I had an e-mail from a lady called Hazel. She said that, just out of curiosity, she wanted to look at the old TV adverts for the multi-million-pound campaign that the Government had apparently launched....

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: I am about to come specifically to the hon. Gentleman. He mentioned the problems faced by the pensions system, and I completely agreed with the spirit of his speech. I understand that Gordon Brown had a field day with the pensions pot and made things a hell of a lot more complicated for everybody. I accept that as reality and a historical fact. However, the fact that I agree with the hon....

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: I appreciate what the hon. Gentleman says, but the WASPI women are not receiving a pension because the UK Government will not give them one, so that is a ridiculous notion. I commend the hon. Gentleman because he supported us during an Opposition-day debate. That was commendable and brave, so fair play to the guy, but that is a totally ludicrous point of view and I will explain why. As I have...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: I am very grateful to my former Committee colleague for giving way. I would just like to ask whether the same pay-as-you-go system applies for the Democratic Unionist party and remaining in power.

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: As someone who was one year old when the 1995 Act came into effect but is sitting here just like everybody else, may I ask all Members that we get past the party political nonsense of whose fault this is? The mess has been going on for long enough and the current Government are in charge now. This problem is not going away, and the Government need to deal with it.

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: I accept what the hon. Lady said for the record, but does she also accept that zero-hours contracts—certainly in the experience of my constituents and even people I know—are forced on people? Not only are they expected to function with a household and often with a livelihood and children; they also live with uncertainty about how much money will be coming in. That, unfortunately,...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: I congratulate the hon. Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan) on securing this debate on an often neglected but none the less important issue. I also congratulate her on being, I believe, the first female MP to represent her area—well done on that. When doing research ahead of this debate, I was disheartened, although not surprised, to learn that people aged 16 to 24 are more likely...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: I genuinely appreciate the hon. Lady’s point, but if she is suggesting that all young people benefit from zero-hours contracts, she is on a different planet. If that is not what she is saying, that is fine. That kind of overly positive attitude towards zero-hours contracts is something that we would read in a Tory party briefing, rather than any other briefing. I suspect that the...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: I am coming to my concluding remarks. The Government could consider following the lead of Renfrewshire Council, in the area I represent. Following the implementation of its “Invest in Renfrewshire” scheme, youth unemployment fell by more than 80%. I have met some of the people who have reaped the benefits of that scheme. It has motivated nearly 850 local employers to support young...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Mhairi Black: I honestly do not think that Scotland has ever been talked about as much in the Chamber as in this debate, but it is worth reminding everybody that this is a UK-wide problem created by consecutive UK Governments. I know that it is the job of the person winding up to sum up the debate, but I have been trying to figure out a way to do that without swearing. I will start with the Scottish...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Mhairi Black: Right, I will go over a few points again, just to get this across. In 1995, the then Government did not write to anybody to let them know that they would have extra years added on to their pension—[Interruption.] Hold on, I’m getting there. In 2011, this Government came along and said, “Right, see that timetable? We’re going to make it a lot quicker and much more...


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