Results 1–20 of 314 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jess Phillips

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (16 Nov 2017)

Jess Phillips: I welcome the Leader of the House’s statement, although I notice from having quickly read through it, as well as having listened to it, that it does not use the term “sexual harassment” once. I therefore support what the shadow Leader of the House said in encouraging the Leader of the House to ensure that there is a specialist sexual violence service that gives advice to the...

Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools (2 Nov 2017)

Jess Phillips: It is a real honour to both follow and work with the right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller). She has outlined exactly where the problems exist, what the Select Committee found and the areas in which we still have so much progress to make. I have worked in this area, including by delivering sex and relationships education in schools, for many years. I have written...

Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools (2 Nov 2017)

Jess Phillips: I have been told that, because so many Members wish to speak, I should not take interventions. I am very sorry about that. I say to the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, who I know deeply cares both about the culture here and the culture in our schools, that getting SRE right does not need to take the length of time proposed. This is not something new; it exists in schools, but is...

Sexual Harassment in Parliament (30 Oct 2017)

Jess Phillips: I welcome what has been said here today, and I look forward to working with you, Mr Speaker, on the reference group on this issue. As I rushed in here for this statement, I overheard two male colleagues walking through the halls wittering about a witch hunt that was going on in Parliament. We in this building must think of this not as a party political thing, but as something that absolutely...

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (26 Oct 2017)

Jess Phillips: I thank hon. Members who brought this issue to the Backbench Business Committee—actually, I was on both sides; I just realised as I was saying it that I was thanking myself twice—as it is really important that we debate it. Prior to coming to this House, I ran one of the services that operates safe houses and community-based support for victims of modern slavery. We largely...

Business of the House (26 Oct 2017)

Jess Phillips: I welcome the comments of the Leader of the House on the difference between this Government’s and the last Labour Government’s commitment to women. Would she like a comparative debate? If not, could we have a debate on the rape clause? Could we have a debate on the rise in maternity discrimination due to court charges for women? Could we have a debate on the one in four women who...

Social Care: Supported Housing (25 Oct 2017)

Jess Phillips: I also welcome the announcements. I think I have asked for the local housing allowance rate to be removed in the mind of policy makers from supported housing every single time I have spoken in this House, so I am pretty chuffed that that was finally heard. The hon. Member for Walsall North (Eddie Hughes) is a passionate speaker, and it is nice to hear somebody in the House who sounds a bit...

Social Care: Supported Housing (25 Oct 2017)

Jess Phillips: And we would need an additional 300 to get anywhere close to dealing with the problem.

Social Care: Supported Housing (25 Oct 2017)

Jess Phillips: I have lived there all my life and have worked in homelessness services for most of my adult life, and I can absolutely guarantee that right now it is worse than I have ever known it. For me to say otherwise and be positive about the situation would be to tell a lie, and I am not willing to do that. Given my own experiences, it will be no surprise that I am going to stick up for refuge...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Jess Phillips: The suggestion that I would like to add to that list—I wonder if the hon. Gentleman agrees with me—is that the Department might start to monitor whether people have requested split payments, which were put in place by campaigners like me to ensure that victims of domestic violence can access any of their finances. At the moment, under the current system, they have to admit it in...

Grenfell Tower (3 Jul 2017)

Jess Phillips: Based on the intelligence of survivors, it appears that a number of the flats were severely overcrowded. We have to assume that those flats were being sub-let illegally and inhabited by people with unstable immigration status, and possibly even those who had been trafficked, as that has been identified as a problem in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. What are Ministers doing to ensure...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Jess Phillips: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker—rightfully returned. I rise in this debate about health and security to speak about how the two things collide. I am pleased to see in the Gracious Speech that there is going to be a domestic violence and abuse Bill. I await the details of what exactly that means and look forward to working with the Government on the real action that is needed. I think I...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Jess Phillips: I, like the Home Secretary, want to hear about outcomes. Recently, the west midlands chief constable said that one of the outcomes for police there was that, as police officers are pulled away on to anti-terror alerts and more high-alert policing, call-outs on other crimes have to be downgraded. One of the things that was downgraded—this is the outcome of there not being enough police...

Grenfell Tower Fire/Fire Safety (26 Jun 2017)

Jess Phillips: I want to follow on from the point made about immigration status by my very welcome hon. Friend the Member for Kensington (Emma Dent Coad). Having worked with people with a very fragile immigration status who have suffered a trauma, I know that until people have a stable immigration status, they will never feel safe to speak out. The Secretary of State asks what we can do. We could give...

Early Parliamentary General Election (19 Apr 2017)

Jess Phillips: In my hon. Friend’s questions about why things are happening in his constituency, will he ask Ministers why my children’s school, which is in his constituency, now has classes of 32 children? I do not remember that happening under a Labour Government. Does he agree?

Business of the House (18 Apr 2017)

Jess Phillips: I was not going to speak, but like everybody else sat in this Chamber it may well be the last time I get the chance. [Interruption.] If hon. Members will let me finish. I came here to speak honestly and plainly, and to speak like the people outside this building. What I cannot understand from what the Leader of the House has said today is how any of this makes things clearer, or makes us feel...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Gig Economy (14 Mar 2017)

Jess Phillips: What assessment he has made of recent trends in the number of people employed in the gig economy.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Gig Economy (14 Mar 2017)

Jess Phillips: The number of freelancing moms has increased by 79% since 2008. Although I welcome the Government’s announcement that they will consult further in the summer on fairer maternity pay for self-employed moms, this was recommended 13 months ago. Why has it taken the Government so long to act on this crucial issue for these women when it took a stroke of a pen to increase their taxes?

Housing Benefits (18 to 21-Year-Olds) (7 Mar 2017)

Jess Phillips: Drilling down into the exemptions, who will make the decisions about cases such as the one raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield (Yvonne Fovargue)? Similar exemptions exist for victims of domestic violence to access legal aid—they need a letter from a doctor or from a specialist agency—but 37% of women still report that they are not able to access legal aid. How does...

International Women’S Day (2 Mar 2017)

Jess Phillips: I shall be incredibly brief. I thank the Backbench Business Committee—I am thanking myself—for allowing us to have the debate. I thank everybody who spoke in today’s debate with much passion and consensus. One of the names I had to read out today was that of Jo Cox, my friend and colleague. Her voice should always be heard in this place, so I shall let her have the last...

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