Results 1–20 of 455 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Melanie Onn

Business of the House (14 Jun 2018)

Melanie Onn: When does the Leader of the House plan to allow this House to debate the Procedure Committee report into baby leave?

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

Melanie Onn: What is the Secretary of State’s No. 1 initiative to ensure that the Greater Grimsby town deal moves from theory to reality?

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Melanie Onn: I confess I had not intended to speak in this debate, but I realised that week in, week out my constituents consistently talk about the state of Grimsby town centre. It is an issue on the doorstep and in my surgery. They all want something done about it. People in Grimsby are incredibly passionate about their town, are filled with pride for it, but they are losing hope that things are on the...

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Melanie Onn: The Secretary of State says that retailers are not failing, but the empty shops in Grimsby town centre tell my constituents something very different. Will he comment on that?

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Melanie Onn: Will the shadow Minister give way?

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Melanie Onn: I thank the shadow Minister. The point on business rates is one that small businesses in my constituency regularly raise with me as something that not only curtails their opportunity to grow, but impedes their security for the immediate future. Does she think that the Government should do something about this immediately?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jun 2018)

Melanie Onn: Grimsby hospital has been forced to spend £50,000 not on patient care, but on fees for doctors’ visas. Of those visas, 85% have been rejected because of restrictions that the Prime Minister imposed as Home Secretary, preventing my local NHS from recruiting the doctors my constituents need. It is a waste of taxpayers’ money, and it is hitting patient care. When will she exempt...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: I thank the Minister for giving way, because I forgot to mention something in my speech. Two years ago, I asked a question about Grimsby being included in a list of local authority areas that would benefit from the strategy discussed in the “Ending gang violence and exploitation” paper. Can she tell us what has happened to that paper and that strategy?

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: It is an absolute pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire). I want to participate in this debate principally to talk about some of the shockingly violent crimes that Great Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire have experienced in recent months, and to explore a bit more broadly the situation there to try to get to the bottom of what seems to be a...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: I congratulate the Secretary of State on his appointment and welcome my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon Central (Sarah Jones) to our housing team. This tenant fees legislation is very welcome. We know that the majority of landlords are good landlords, or strive to be, and understand the expectations upon them before they embark on becoming a landlord. However, a number of rogue landlords...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: Labour absolutely recognises the—[Interruption.] Before the Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Jake Berry) leaps on me—before I am able to make myself clear—Labour absolutely recognises the issue of the amount that people are paying in rent and recognises that there could be restrictions on the...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: My hon. Friend makes a very important point and I will come on to trading standards shortly. There is no definition of what a landlord can include as a loss. If this includes the use of agents and agents opt to charge for their time—to replace a key or make some phone calls—charges may amount to far more than Government ever intended them to. This is one of the issues that we have...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: My hon. Friend makes a really important point. There is absolutely no point in this House taking through legislation, as good as it is, if it cannot be enforced because it holds no weight in law. The inclusion of a one-week refundable holding deposit, on top of a month’s rent and six weeks’ tenant’s deposit, is allegedly designed to minimise instances of tenants securing...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: The point is that poorer tenants struggle the most. That is why we are trying to make the Bill as good as it can be. It comes back to reasonableness and whether there is sufficient rigour in the proposals to ensure that people are properly protected, and that goes for landlords as well. The Government must bring back evidence during the remaining stages to convince us that this is a...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: I thank everybody who has participated in the debate. We have heard some incredibly thoughtful, welcome and, in some cases, unexpectedly radical contributions. That drives home just how important an issue housing is up and down the country. However, we have a Government who have failed to do anything over the past eight years to help those who are suffering in this housing crisis. Speeches by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Kinship Carers (14 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: What support the Government provide for kinship carers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Kinship Carers (14 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: I find that answer particularly interesting because that tells me that the Government are doing absolutely nothing. Three quarters of kinship care families experience severe financial hardship. Does the Minister agree with me that kinship carers should get the same rights and allowances as foster carers, and will he take a first step by agreeing to discount tax credits from the benefit cap...

Attorney General: Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme (10 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: Recently, 26 out of 30 people who were involved in a pack-style attack were sentenced after some excellent work by Humberside police, but my constituents in Grimsby are really alarmed that they have effectively been given a sentence of litter picking. Does the Attorney General agree that that sends the wrong message about such group attacks on defenceless individuals?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: Crime in north-east Lincolnshire is up more than 20%. Recently, we have had a single-punch death, a serious blade attack and an incident involving 200 hooligans that forced Grimsby families to flee our local seaside resort of Cleethorpes. Humberside police have 310 fewer frontline officers and 550 fewer support officers than in 2010. Will the Prime Minister accept that her cuts mean that...

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill: Duty to grant old-style secure tenancies: victims of domestic abuse (8 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: I would like to start by thanking my colleagues in this House, in particular my hon. Friends the Members for Croydon Central (Sarah Jones), for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips), for Chesterfield (Toby Perkins), for Nottingham North (Alex Norris), for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy), for Canterbury (Rosie Duffield), and, for her contributions this afternoon, my hon. Friend the Member for High...


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