Results 1–20 of 306 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

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...

International Women’S Day (2 Mar 2017)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That this House welcomes International Women’s Day as an important occasion to recognise the achievements of women; and calls on the Government to join in this international event and pledge its commitment to gender parity. I am honoured to lead this debate today and pay special thanks to the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller), and the hon. Members for Lanark...

International Women’S Day (2 Mar 2017)

Jess Phillips: Briefly.

International Women’S Day (2 Mar 2017)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely agree. Every time a girl stays in school in any part of the world and uses her education to stand up and speak for the other women in the world, the whole world becomes a better place. Women with voices matter. Women with voices change things. Women with voices in here give hope and protection to women without a voice at all. I am proud of our efforts, and today I will lay down...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Jess Phillips: Will the Minister give way on that exact point?

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Jess Phillips: After giving such detailed analysis to the House, will the Minister provide the exact same detailed analysis in response to the point of the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr Bone) about how many people have been convicted in the UK for trafficking in, say, the past year? Will he also place in the Library the evidence that has led him to emphasise the pull factors? Have all the people...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely. I agree entirely, and I will talk a little about what the EU has done that goes beyond UK legislation.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Jess Phillips: I will give way—perhaps—shortly. The rise of pregnancy discrimination in the past few years because of changes in UK legislation means that women’s rights definitely need to be protected and considered, and I would be very happy if we had external protection. The rights of part-time workers are crucial for women. That includes pension rights and equal treatment at work for...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Jess Phillips: I think it is time for a woman’s voice to fill this Chamber for now. I believe that the right hon. Gentleman has had his say.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely will give way. [Laughter.]

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes a very good point, unfortunately. The thing that we might get, as the leave campaign said, is a squashing of workers’ rights; the thing that we will not get is £350 million going into the NHS. If only there was a level of consistency in what we have been promised.


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