Results 141–160 of 903 for speaker:Paula Sherriff

Deaths of Homeless People (20 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: Is it not a reflection on today’s society that before I came here this morning, a major TV channel talked about this issue of deaths of the homeless for about 30 seconds, yet spent 25 minutes talking about what had happened here after PMQs yesterday? The priorities were all wrong. Every death of a homeless person is a stain on our society. If we are judged as a nation and a Government on...

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: I am incredibly disappointed by the Minister’s response. He did not respond to a number of points. Once again it seems that sorry is the hardest word. He can be in no doubt—he must have heard loud and clear—that things need to improve and must improve. [Interruption.] He is chuntering from a sedentary position. I am not sure what he said, but I sincerely hope that we shall not be here...

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: If that is the case, and if the Minister recognises the impact that the chaos had on people’s lives, why is he allowing the fare increase from January?

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: I have a similar problem at Dewsbury. We do not have any toilets in our stations, and TransPennine Express have suggested that my constituents and passengers using the station should use the pub nearby. For cultural and other reasons, many people are not comfortable going into the pub to use the bathrooms. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is a disgrace that a very busy station should not...

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: Does my hon. Friend agree that in order to achieve improvements, we will work in a cross-party way with the Minister and with the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton, and that we will do anything in our capability to try to make things better for our constituents?

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: I beg to move, That this House has considered the performance of train operating companies in Yorkshire. It is truly an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl. I thank my hon. Friends the Members for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) and for Colne Valley (Thelma Walker) and the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) for co-sponsoring this important debate....

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. I absolutely agree. A very similar level of service is being delivered to my constituents, so I fully sympathise with his constituents. Late or cancelled trains have a wide impact. Many of us consider a train to be something that gets us from A to B. Of course that is true, but the disruption is also having a significant impact on people’s mental...

Train Operating Companies: Yorkshire — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (19 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: I thank my hon. Friend and neighbour for that intervention, and I look forward to the Minister’s response to that question. Frankly, what we have heard from our Transport Secretary, who recently said that he does not “do trains”, shows an appalling lack of ambition for the north. It will do nothing to address the problems of reliability, as both passenger and freight demand on the lines...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords] (18 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: I thank all right hon. and hon. Members who have participated in this important debate. There have been many worthwhile and thoughtful contributions from all parts of the House, including from my right hon. Friend the Member for North Durham (Mr Jones), the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb), the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Anne-Marie Trevelyan), my hon. Friend the...

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: The Labour party has made it clear that we will table a motion of no confidence in the Government when we think we have the best opportunity of winning that vote. However, does the right hon. Gentleman agree it is a crying shame that the Prime Minister has chosen always to operate these negotiations in the best interest of the Conservative party? If she had considered the national interest,...

Business of the House (13 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: Not all heroes wear capes—indeed, some of them wear aprons. I want to tell the House about David Jones, who has a butcher’s shop in Earlsheaton in my constituency, and has offered to provide any families who are struggling at Christmas because of universal credit with some food in order to see them through. He says that what he has seen is cruel and barbaric, because, despite Government...

Cat Welfare: NHS: Staffing Levels (11 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Cat Welfare: NHS: Staffing Levels (11 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on that point?

Cat Welfare: NHS: Staffing Levels (11 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: I thank my hon. Friend and neighbour for securing this important debate. My constituents also use the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. There are still several hundred nursing vacancies there, and that is having a significant impact on the delivery of patient care. Does she agree that the chaos of the current Brexit situation is not helping to recruit nurses, potentially from the European Union?

Cat Welfare: NHS: Staffing Levels (11 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that, as a direct result of staffing shortages at Dewsbury and District Hospital, the midwife-led birthing unit has had to be closed several times? September was a particularly bad month for closures. That has a traumatic effect on mums-to-be, who expect to give birth there but turn up and get sent elsewhere.

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: I believe that the Prime Minister, who, incidentally, just last year promised us a strong and stable Administration, attended a lunch today where she said that her deal was the best available. What does she know now that she did not know then?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Rough Sleeping (10 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: There cannot be a Member in this House who has failed to notice the exponential rise in people sleeping on our streets, and not just in cities such as London, but in places such as Dewsbury, which I represent. Will the Secretary of State tell us what progress has been made on the Government pledge to end homelessness?

Business of the House (6 Dec 2018)

Paula Sherriff: Frankly, we could all do with a little bit of Christmas cheer in this place this week, so I will briefly speak about Derek Highe from Robin Royd Avenue in Mirfield. He lights up his house every year, and has raised more than £40,000 for charity, including for Kirkwood Hospice. In this case seeing really is believing, and I encourage people to visit www.robinroyd-xmas-lights.co.uk to see it...

Business of the House (29 Nov 2018)

Paula Sherriff: I refer to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. On Monday, I attended the launch of the GMB “Work to Stop Domestic Abuse” charter, and we heard some incredibly powerful testimonies from survivors of domestic abuse. The charter is an aide-mémoire to encourage employers to take action, including by offering paid leave to survivors and victims of domestic violence,...


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