Results 1–20 of 199 for speaker:Kelly Tolhurst

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: The hon. Gentleman speaks about incompetence from the Government. Does he not recognise, when he is speaking about people travelling towards Labour, that perhaps the Opposition’s incompetence is in making promises that they cannot deliver on?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for calling me to speak in this very important debate today about universal credit. Universal credit has been debated extensively over recent weeks and still the Opposition’s dialogue on universal credit is concerning. I am unsure about their real objective. The Opposition say they support the idea of universal credit, but their dialogue says something different...

Backbench Business: Deafness and Hearing Loss — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (30 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr McCabe. I congratulate the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) on securing this important debate; it is a real pleasure for me to speak in it. I also think it is an absolutely fantastic move that today’s debate is being signed. I advocate that more debates held in the Chamber be signed. It should be the norm in...

Rail Update (29 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my right hon. Friend for the statement, and particularly for what he said about the south-eastern franchise. It is necessary because of the significant amount of house building that will take place in north Kent over the next 20 years, and because there will be extra capacity and more seats for my constituents, who have been complaining about the service for a long time. Are there any...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Major Infrastructure Projects (28 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: In advance of the huge numbers of additional houses expected to be built in Medway by 2035, plus the additional traffic that will come with the new Thames crossing, and given the congestion issues already facing commuters and trade across north Kent, will the Chancellor outline plans to boost investment in the region’s strategic transport network?

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Given that revised housing proposals would force unprecedented numbers of homes, equivalent to the size of a new town, to be built on what is left of Medway’s green belt, will the Prime Minister assure me and my constituents that the necessary large-scale investment will be made to boost the public service infrastructure, which will have to cope with up to 100,000 more people?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (21 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: In April last year, I had the pleasure of visiting Palestine, but also the sadness of witnessing a young Palestinian boy being tried in an Israeli military court for throwing stones, with no choice of representation and the whole process conducted in Hebrew. We stand up for fairness, so will the Minister tell me whether his Department plans to review the “Children in Military...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Rural parts of my constituency, such as the village of Allhallows, have suffered from an increase in antisocial behaviour, but in rural areas getting support from the police and PCSOs can be difficult, leaving troublemakers free to intimidate residents. Will the Minister work with our police force to see how we can boost support in places such as Allhallows?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak. It was a privilege to hear my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (David Duguid) deliver his maiden speech. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) on securing this debate. It was very interesting to hear what he said about his constituents. The House has debated universal credit extensively in recent...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (14 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: A few months ago, Medway hospital came out of special measures, with the improvement to patient safety being one of the most notable highlights in the report. Given the success in my local area, will my right hon. Friend inform the House what progress he is making to boost patient safety across the rest of the country?

Property Management Company Fees — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (7 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I beg to move, That this House has considered property management company fees. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this debate on an issue that has affected a number of my constituents in Rochester and Strood and that has no doubt affected thousands more across the country. Over recent years, we have seen a model being...

Property Management Company Fees — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (7 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I agree with the hon. Lady. I will come to some more examples from my constituency where charges are not transparent, but this debate is about leaseholders and freeholders in particular, as opposed to people who are renting their properties. That is what I am talking about today. To give another example, one of my constituents reported that in the past financial year, their estimated service...

Property Management Company Fees — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (7 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. I completely agree. When I speak to my constituents, they say they want to be clear about the costs when buying a house or a lease on a property. Some of the management charges that are levied bring people into difficult situations. My hon. Friend is absolutely right: people would much rather have that up-front cost than the threat of the charges...

Paradise Papers (6 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Opposition are being disingenuous? They had 13 years and did nothing. They voted against measures to close loops, confirming that only this Government will act to tackle avoidance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Foster Carers (6 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I pay tribute to foster carers for the amazing work they do for our looked-after children nationally. In my experience, foster placements can be challenging for the carers, depending on the needs of the children. Will the Minister outline what extra training can be provided to improve the quality of placements and of decision making?

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way. I do not know if he is making a leadership speech, but I would like to ask him for clarification. He said he would not take interventions from Conservative Members because we had had our time. It was not our fault that nobody from the Labour Benches decided to speak in the previous debate. Will he clarify that point for me?

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: There has been increased police use of body-worn cameras in Kent and it has been going quite well. Will my hon. Friend give me slightly more information about what has been happening in Dudley South?

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: It is really good that my hon. Friend has highlighted the role of PCSOs. In January, we will increase the number of PCSOs who police our communities in Kent, because we recognise that they play a key role in the transition from meeting people with mental health issues on the streets to being able to direct them to the right care at local level, rather than getting police officers directly...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: This debate is very important for our armed forces, and I am pleased to follow some wonderful speeches, particularly those of my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois), who is no longer in his place, and my hon. Friend the Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Tom Tugendhat). I am also extremely proud because, since being elected to the House, one of my members of...

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