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:Ruth Smeeth

Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: Our thoughts are with the workforce and their families who have received such devastating news. Let us be clear that the people who build and develop our military platforms are as vital to our national security and sovereign capability as those who operate them. We simply cannot afford to lose their skills. Will the Minister commit to developing a defence aerospace strategy, and to meeting...

Business of the House (7 Sep 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: At the end of this month, Sneyd Green community centre in my constituency may well be closing its doors, after seven years of attempting to carry out a community asset transfer. Local volunteers, led by John Reynolds, have worked tirelessly, but have simply not received the support they should have received from the local authority. May we have a debate in Government time about what the big...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Sep 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: This summer, a third of all parents across the country went without a meal to ensure that they could feed their children during the school holidays. In Stoke-on-Trent, amazing volunteers came together to provide over 10,000 meals for local kids. I am proud of my constituents, but I am disgusted by this Government, who have turned a blind eye and done nothing. How many kids have to go hungry...

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: The Secretary of State has talked a great deal about my great city of Stoke-on-Trent, but he said in his statement that the service pattern “could” support an HS2 service to my city. Can he guarantee that we will retain our two fast trains to London per hour, as well as any potential classic-compatible trains?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Navy: Personnel (10 Jul 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: In March 2017, total Royal Navy numbers were 710 below their liability, and it is reported that currently only six of our service escort platforms are at sea or fully operational. Given that last year we had a net manpower loss of 750, how can we be assured that we have the right retention policies to operate all of our platforms, when they are so desperately needed?

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: I am sure the Chief Secretary agrees that public services are the backbone of our country, but the average full-time public sector employee will have lost £4,073 in real terms by 2020 because of this Government’s decisions. Does she think that that is fair?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (27 Jun 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: The British ceramics industry owes its current success and future survival to the innovation and development of breakthrough technologies. With funds such as Horizon 2020 potentially disappearing along with our EU membership, will the Government assure me that domestic projects such as the advanced manufacturing research centre will receive support to keep us at the cutting edge?

National Spitfire Project — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: While Reginald Mitchell was one of Southampton’s most famous apprentices, he was one of my constituency’s most famous residents. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we have an opportunity for a national celebration of Reginal Mitchell’s contribution?

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: It has been a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone, in this debate on an important issue that is close to my heart. Before moving on, I want to thank my hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore), the hon. Member for Stafford (Jeremy Lefroy), and my neighbours and hon. Friends, the Members for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth Snell), for Stoke-on-Trent South (Robert...

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: Yes. Not only has the oatcake been mentioned in this debate, it made it into The Guardian’s food pages last month, a clear sign of the culinary zeitgeist if ever there was one. My colleagues and I truly believe that the city of culture bid is important because it will help our children dream. It will show them how much we have already achieved and what we can achieve together in future....

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: While the hon. Gentleman spoke a great deal of sense about our great city—

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: For that I am very grateful, but does he agree that being part of the Union means celebrating everything that makes up the Union? Surely he would not want to be bribed to stay in the Union in order to get this. In fact, if he wants the city of culture 2021, he should stop campaigning to leave the Union.

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: As wonderful as Stoke City are, and they do wear the right colour strip, it is fair to say that Port Vale have done so much for our city, not least in bringing back one of our cultural icons, Robbie Williams, at every opportunity, and therefore they will be a core part of our bid, not least by building on our city of sport status, which we had such great success with last year.

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: I could not agree more about the role of sport in terms of my city’s culture—or our city; I might share it. As wonderful as Stoke City is, does my hon. Friend agree that the only true football club is Port Vale, in the north of the city, which happens to have the Wembley of the north as its stadium?

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: I beg to move, That this House has considered Stoke on Trent City of Culture 2021. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone, and it is an honour to have this opportunity to discuss the extraordinary heritage and culture of my great city of Stoke-on-Trent: the centre of our country, the centre of my universe, and the centre of a cultural renaissance that is...

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: Of course there are other bids, but none so great as that from Stoke-on-Trent; no one will match my constituency. However, I agree that education is at the forefront of our bid, which is to ensure that not only my own constituents, but the entire country are educated about how much Stoke-on-Trent has to offer. We will lead that role from Staffordshire University. My city is the birthplace of...

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: Yes it is—never mind. Our most well-known son in recent years is, of course, Robbie Williams—my former constituent—whose song-writing team continued to ply their trade from Burslem for many years. His mother is well-known for her charitable ventures in the area, supporting schemes such as the incredible Ruff and Ruby project, which supports some of our most vulnerable young...

Stoke-on-Trent City of Culture 2021 (21 Mar 2017)

Ruth Smeeth: I thank the hon. Gentleman for both his intervention and his support for this important bid. I could not agree more. We are blessed with the number of cultural icons across our great county, and I look forward to being able to celebrate them with both the country and the world should we be successful in our bid to be city of culture 2021. More and more young people are finding the opportunity...

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