Results 1–20 of 169 for speaker:Kelly Tolhurst

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

Kelly Tolhurst: I concur with my hon. Friend about the understanding that Members gain from people visiting their surgeries. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Thirsk and Malton (Kevin Hollinrake) for promoting the Bill. I am lucky enough to represent a constituency with two amazing charities, Abigail’s Footsteps and Making Miracles, and our area will be part of the bereavement care pathway trial....

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

Kelly Tolhurst: I am extremely pleased to speak in this debate. I congratulate the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) on introducing the Bill. His speech was very good, and it was lovely to listen to him. I also congratulate the hon. Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) on working with her colleagues over the past 12 months to highlight the issue. It is great that a Bill has finally been introduced to...

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

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Gentleman has been to my constituency many times. I am keen to see what happens to the definition of “emergency worker.”

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

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. I was just going on to say that in Rochester I am blessed to have some amazing PCSOs. These individuals go well above and beyond their job description in how they deal with the community. One particular officer, who is part of the community and often works on her own, was attacked this year after going to help somebody. She was supported and...

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I very much welcome the update that my right hon. Friend has given the House. As we leave the EU, the talented people and their businesses will drive our economy forward, whatever the outcome of the deal, because that is what we do in British business. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is now time for the EU to move on with trade discussions and that British businesses that operate...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I am pleased to contribute to this debate because, since my election, my constituents have called upon me to raise this matter in the House. I want to focus on the fairness of the illegal incursions. We expect everybody to abide by the law and accept that there are rules we have to abide by. Over the last couple of years, Medway has seen a large increase in the number of illegal incursions....

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Will the hon. Lady Give way?

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women (13 Sep 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate and commend her for what she has done—prior to being elected here, and since—for women in politics. She has done a wonderful job. I am in awe of all my colleagues across the House who have young children. I have not got a family, and every day I am amazed at how well my female colleagues on both sides of the House are able to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Sep 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Labour party’s cynical attempt to block the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on Monday shows that it is still interested only in playing party politics, rather than delivering the best deal for our future, which is what my constituents and the majority of this country want to see?

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith), and I may refer to one of her comments later. As she knows, I very much respect her, having worked with her in the Council of Europe. I would like to congratulate the hon. Member for Battersea (Marsha De Cordova) on her maiden speech. Well done to her! I would also very much like to congratulate my...

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: No, I want to make some progress. I am surprised that the Opposition are complaining about the amount of time they have had to debate issues that are important to them. Since the election, we have had six days of debate on the Queen’s Speech, which many Opposition Members took part in. They had an opportunity to have their say in those debates. We have also had numerous urgent questions...

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: It is the issue of Brexit: the laws that will come through and the intricacies of what will happen when we leave the European Union. Really, I think the Opposition should get over themselves a bit. As many of my hon. Friends have pointed out, 20 Opposition day debates have been put aside, which will give Labour 17 to take part in. I look forward to joining in those debates when they...

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention—

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I will.

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, but I would like to go back to the hon. Member for North Durham’s point. I am fully aware of what this debate is about. That is exactly why I wanted to highlight the poor performance of the Opposition in the debates on the Children and Social Work Bill. We had three debates on a subject that I and many of my constituents—including the...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I welcome my right hon. Friend’s announcement, and I thank her for all her work, but can she confirm that areas such as mine in Medway will benefit from the new funding formula? We are being charged with building historic numbers of homes in the Medway towns. We are seeing new free schools coming on line, but will we get more? Under Labour, we saw schools shut in the Medway towns.

Education: Public Funding (4 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the Minister for recognising that the current system is flawed, and funding should be focused on where the need is. Will he assure me that funding will also go to places such as Medway, which will need further school places because it has been charged with delivering an historic number of new homes over the next 15 years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Kent continues to be one of the main points of entry to the UK for illegal workers. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on what steps the Government are taking to make it easier for businesses in Kent and elsewhere to identify whether someone is working here illegally?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Leaving the EU: Creative Industries (29 Jun 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: The growth of Dovetail Games in my constituency is a prime example of the UK’s flourishing creative industries. Could the Minister outline the support he plans to give to help creative hubs continue to develop over the exciting years ahead?

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm the contradiction in his own plans? He plans not to reduce immigration numbers, but he also plans to stop employers recruiting overseas. Is it not the right hon. Gentleman who is a bit wobbly?


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