Results 1–20 of 112 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kelly Tolhurst

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?

Business of the House (30 Mar 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I have been contacted by a growing number of residents who are concerned about the influx of Travellers and the number of illegal encampments in my constituency. There have been major reports of intimidation and threatening behaviour. I am well aware that there are problems in other parts of the country, but it is disappointing that local authorities and the police lack either capacity or...

Breathing Space Scheme (29 Mar 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank all Members for their contributions and for supporting my debate today, and thank the Minister for his positive comments. Motion lapsed, and sitting adjourned without Question put ( Standing Order No. 10(14)).

Breathing Space Scheme (29 Mar 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Breathing Space scheme to help families in debt. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mr Turner. I am grateful to have secured my first Westminster Hall debate since my election to the House and I am thankful that so many Members have turned up to support me. As many Members will know, issues of fairness are close...

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