Results 1–20 of 350 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Wendy Morton

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I support the Bill and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) on it. It is worth our remembering how successful he has been with private Members’ Bills. Last year, I believe, he succeeded in introducing “Claudia’s law”. I should like to think that this very special Bill is in extremely safe hands, and I note the support that it...

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I congratulate my hon. Friends the Members for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) and for Colchester (Will Quince) on all their work on the Bill. I wish it well. I have just one question. Will these rights also cover adoptive parents?

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: If the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) will not accept our congratulations or thanks, let us then acknowledge his work and that of the hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch), as well as that of previous Administrations who have worked on this particular topic and of those responsible for taking this Bill through the House. It was interesting to hear how the hon. Gentleman conducted...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: The hon. Gentleman highlights the need to look at the specifics of the Bill. My hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Gareth Johnson) highlighted the need to look beyond emergency workers in accident and emergency. We have heard about minor injuries units, but what about nurses on wards? Could they be included in the Bill? It is very important for the Bill to undergo line-by-line scrutiny in...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I am not Welsh, but the west midlands are not too far from the Welsh border. Home Office statistics show that in the west midlands alone there were just over 1,300 assaults recorded against police officers in 2016-17. I hope that the Bill gets its Second Reading and continues. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that this debate, as well as dealing with assaults on emergency workers, should, and...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: Unemployment has fallen in my constituency from 5.2% in May 2010 to 2.2% in September 2017, and youth unemployment has also fallen. That is in part due to the work of this Government in strengthening the economy, but it is also due to the commitment of the many businesses and organisations that have taken on more people, to the work of our colleges, further education establishments and...

Middle Level Bill: Revival (17 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I shall keep my contribution fairly brief, but I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster) on bringing the Bill back to the House in a revived form. I am talking about the Bill, not my hon. Friend. As a member of the all-party parliamentary group for waterways whose constituency is served by canals, and as a boating enthusiast, I spoke on Second Reading, before the progress...

International Investment (17 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement and his recognition of the importance of not only large strategic businesses, but the supply chain. Does he agree that it is vital that the rules for the scrutiny of foreign investment are clear, certain and proportionate?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (17 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: Does my right hon. Friend agree that while the only way forward on Libya is for the international community to support Ghassan Salamé’s UN road map, the UK still has a unique part to play?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I may be the last speaker before the wind-ups, but it is none the less a pleasure to contribute to this debate and to follow the eloquent speeches and learned contributions that we have heard. In particular, my hon. Friend the Member for Wells (James Heappey) spoke with such knowledge of the nuclear industry—far more than many of us. This afternoon has demonstrated the importance of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Online Radicalisation (16 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: What steps she is taking to safeguard vulnerable people from online radicalisation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Online Radicalisation (16 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: Does the Minister agree that some of the world’s leading internet companies could do more to ensure that the propaganda emanating from Daesh and others is taken down immediately and not allowed to poison not just vulnerable individuals, but young minds?

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: Time is short. I thank you, Mr Davies, for chairing the debate. I thank all right hon. and hon. Members from across the country who have contributed to this important debate. I am very encouraged by the response of the Minister. I welcome his review, and I am sure that I speak on behalf of so many of us when I welcome the chance to work with him to address this sensitive and challenging issue...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: On a point of order, Mr Davies.

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I just wish to make it very clear that in all the things that I have said about this subject in debates I am representing my community and my constituents, and on no account do I ever use the word “ethnicity.”

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I point out to the hon. Lady that the simplest way is to come and talk to some of the constituents in my community who have actually been affected. They will give her plenty of evidence and stories of their own experience of antisocial behaviour.

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I beg to move, That this House has considered unauthorised encampments. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies, and to lead today’s debate following Monday’s well-attended debate in the main Chamber. I thank hon. Members for attending. I know that we are always balancing constituency pressures with the pressures of being in Westminster, so it is good to see...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I absolutely agree, which is why the focus of today is that impact on local communities, local residents, and sometimes local businesses. It is often local community groups that normally use green spaces on a Saturday morning. I was talking about the process and pattern that often seems to occur. Before it is evicted by a court order, we see the encampment simply move to another site. The...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her contribution. I think transit sites and allocations are part of what is actually a much bigger issue. I will come on to some of those points later. Mess is so often left at these sites. The state that some of the sites are left in following an eviction is quite simply a disgrace. There are masses of litter and household waste, while industrial waste is...

Unauthorised Encampments — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (12 Oct 2017)

Wendy Morton: My hon. Friend makes a helpful intervention. It is often the waste left behind that creates the tension within our communities. On one occasion, I was due to meet a constituent at a site in my constituency from where an encampment had recently been moved on, to see the state it had been left in. Shortly before I left my office, the constituent called and advised me to bring a pair of wellies....


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