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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: I reiterate that the Opposition support universal credit. What we do not support is its shambolic implementation, and it is deeply offensive when Conservative Members accuse us of negativity. Does the Minister know what it is like to live in a home in which every single penny is taken up by providing the necessities of living? Does he know what it is like not to have enough to eat? Does he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: Government failure to fund schools adequately is hurting children in my constituency. Lancashire schools will lose £40 million of funding and 828 teachers by 2020. Will the Prime Minister explain how this will help raise standards and aspirations?

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Rushanara Ali) for securing this important debate—although, as other Members have said, it is not really a debate, because most of us agree. We are all horrified. We have heard the details of atrocities for weeks in the House, and none of us can have failed to be shocked by the child beheadings, the rape, the murder...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: Absolutely, and I am grateful to the hon. Lady for making that point. My constituents and I—and, I am sure, many Members on both sides of the House—want to see the British Government lead not just in respect of the naming and shaming of the military and on humanitarian aid, but in the long term, when the current crisis has calmed down, in respect of a permanent solution that will...

Healthcare in Oxfordshire — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I begin by thanking the hon. Member for Witney (Robert Courts) for securing a debate on this important subject. It gives us an opportunity to discuss a subject that I would suggest goes beyond Oxfordshire. Forgive me if I am not as familiar with the healthcare scene in Oxfordshire as many of the hon. Members who have spoken today,...

Healthcare in Oxfordshire — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: I note the hon. Lady’s points, and there is another issue we could talk about. Our NHS has a crisis on three fronts—a funding crisis, a workforce crisis and a systemic crisis—and I think that is what we are looking at today: some of the systemic problems. Going forward, £480 million has to be saved. This is not something that the CCG has decided to do, and it does not...

Healthcare in Oxfordshire — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I am sorry that he thinks I am reducing the debate; actually, I am looking at the national health service—we do still have a national health service, and I am thankful that we do. I take the points that he has made. These local reconfigurations of healthcare services are very complex; I understand that. However, underpinning all...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: What recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of police funding.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: Since January 2017, policing the anti-fracking protest in Lancashire has cost Lancashire constabulary close to £4 million. Given that 78% of the protestors are not from Lancashire, when will the Government step in to meet those costs? It cannot be right for the council tax payers of Lancashire to bear the burden of what is essentially a national protest.

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: The Minister talks about seeing things in perspective, but the perspective is this: the loss of 750 jobs in Lancashire is absolutely devastating for individuals, families, communities and the industry itself. Will she not only work hard with BAE Systems to mitigate these losses, keep them to the lowest possible number and protect as many jobs as possible, but look to protect jobs in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Staffing Levels (10 Oct 2017)

Julie Cooper: On the subject of vital NHS staff, will the Minister join me in congratulating the thousands of community pharmacists on their daily commitment and professionalism? Will he confirm, once and for all, that he has no intention of downgrading their role and putting patients at risk? Surely he agrees that the Prime Minister would have been well advised to seek a cough remedy from a qualified...

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Julie Cooper: I welcome the principle of 30 hours of free childcare, but it cannot come at the expense of quality early years education, and that is exactly what is happening. Many children in my constituency from deprived communities currently have access to quality nursery schools employing qualified nursery school teachers, and those schools are doing tremendous work to enhance the life chances of those...

Violence in Rakhine State (5 Sep 2017)

Julie Cooper: The message that seems to be coming over loud and clear today, as it has in the Foreign Secretary’s comments in recent days, is that the British Government are most concerned about defending the de facto leader and the worthy pursuit of democracy, at the expense of the suffering of the Rohingya Muslims. We have heard talk of getting the UN to take the situation seriously, but when are...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Julie Cooper: I appreciate that the Secretary of State does not yet have the details of what she is proposing, but parents and headteachers in my constituency will have listened to her announcement and will be wondering, as I am, what it will mean for our schools. We were expecting cuts of up to £700 per pupil in some of the most deprived schools in my constituency under the fair funding proposals....

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Julie Cooper: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) for bringing another debate on this important issue. In the short time available to me I want to make a couple of points. First, the Government have set a dangerous precedent by breaking a contract with the people of this country. What does that say about what will happen in the future? Those women have been cheated. I...

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Julie Cooper: Absolutely. Women cannot pay the price of the financial deficit in this country. Those women, who have worked hard, deserve to get what they are entitled to. I spoke to another woman in my constituency who works in a foundry doing heavy physical work. She said she drags herself to the bus station at the end of the day and she is in bed at 7.30 pm so that she can get to work the next day. She...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: General Practitioners (4 Jul 2017)

Julie Cooper: I spoke to one GP last week who told me that because he has been unable to recruit help he has only been able to take one week’s leave in three years. That is clearly not sustainable. The morale of GPs is at an all-time low, the number of GPs continues to fall, surgeries are closing, and patients are finding it harder and harder to get an appointment. The Secretary of State promised an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Recruitment (3 Jul 2017)

Julie Cooper: Given the falling numbers of uniformed police officers in Lancashire—down 700 since 2010—what reassurance can the Minister give to my Muslim constituents, who are fearful for their own safety and that of their families in the light of recent attacks on mosques and the horrendous recent acid attacks?

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Julie Cooper: Let me begin by saying what a pleasure it has been to listen to so many excellent maiden speeches; as the daughter of a Scot, it was particularly pleasing to see so many new Scottish MPs on the Labour Benches. I thank the people of Burnley for bringing me back here again. It is a privilege. I want to begin by speaking up for children in Burnley. I was pleased to hear in the Queen’s...

Preventing Avoidable Sight Loss — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Julie Cooper: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Gillan. I thank the hon. Member for Wealden (Nusrat Ghani) for securing this important debate, which is long overdue. I also pay tribute to the excellent work that she does on the APPG to reduce sight loss; I was privileged to attend a recent meeting, and she is doing sterling work, for which I applaud her. We are fortunate also to have...

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