Results 1–20 of 39 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Liz Twist

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: First, may I declare an interest as one of those 1950s-born women who are directly affected by changes to the state pension age? Unlike many—some are sitting in the Public Gallery—I am fortunate to be able to raise the issue in the Chamber. The fact is that many of these 1950s-born women have been hit not just once but twice by changes to the state pension age. Those of us born in...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: Yes, I most certainly do agree. I am asking the Government to meet the WASPI campaigners, explore solutions, look at transitional state pension arrangements, and make resolving this issue a priority for the 3.8 million women affected. This is a campaign powered by women with determination and courage, and I commend all who are determined that this cause will be addressed.

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: On building sites, is the Minister aware of an organisation called Mates in Mind, in which the Samaritans is involved? It encourages people in the building industry to talk to each other, to avoid the very problems that she mentions.

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: The Minister rightly emphasises the need for personal support and the need to talk. Will she address socioeconomic issues? In its “Dying from Inequality” report, the Samaritans shows that socioeconomic factors are really important in whether people consider ending their life by suicide. Will the Minister talk about that?

Male Suicide — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. He talked about the Samaritans research, which showed, in summary, that less well-off men are ten times more likely to die by suicide than more well-off men. Does he agree that it is important that the Government try to tackle the problem through a suicide prevention strategy and through identifying specific ways of helping to address the rate of...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that, for people in my constituency, which started the universal credit roll-out on 1 November, these changes will have no impact, and people will face the same problems that all of us have acknowledged in our previous discussions? It would be great if the Government could make some progress to ensure that those people in my constituency have a better Christmas...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers (5 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: What assessment he has made of the effect of the recent pay award on the recruitment and retention of prison officers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Officers (5 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: Given that the leave rate among key prison officers in bands 3 to 5 is still running at 10%, does the Secretary of State not think it time to offer prison officers more than the 1.7% they have been offered in order to retain experienced prison staff and keep our prisons safe?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Liz Twist: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. I declare an interest as a Unison member. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] Thank you. I am glad to take part in the debate because of the huge number of people who have contacted me —constituents, many of whom are members of Unison, or are in the RCN, who feel strongly, and rightly, that they have been badly done...

Point of Order: Autism Community: Mental Health and Suicide (30 Nov 2017)

Liz Twist: And employment.

Point of Order: Autism Community: Mental Health and Suicide (30 Nov 2017)

Liz Twist: First, I thank the hon. Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron)—sorry for my pronunciation—for her thoughtful and comprehensive speech, and for setting out the difficulties that people with autism face. I am tempted to say, “What she said,” but I do not think that does justice to the situation. I just want to touch on a few points. Earlier...

Point of Order: Autism Community: Mental Health and Suicide (30 Nov 2017)

Liz Twist: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, and I absolutely agree that the two pieces of work go together and can help us to improve services for people with autism spectrum disorders. As others have said, it is becoming increasingly obvious that some mental health therapies are not right for people with autism and do not work in the same ways that they do for other people, and we need to...

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

Liz Twist: It is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Ms Buck. I am sure most of us know many people who are affected to some degree by hearing loss, and we know the impact it has on their lives. In my own case, both my parents were affected. My dad, who died a couple of years ago, had industrial deafness caused by his work in a factory. The effects of that lasted a long time. I welcome the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: North-south Rail Connections (30 Nov 2017)

Liz Twist: The Secretary of State referred to the dualling of the A1. Does he understand the deep disappointment at the postponing of the A1 Coal House roundabout scheme, and will he look at that again, please?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Liz Twist: I declare an interest as an elected member of Gateshead Council. I want to speak about what is not in this Budget, because those things are important to my constituents in Blaydon, many of whom are struggling to cope with daily life and supporting their family. First, I want to mention the absence of any reference to social care. We all know that the demand for social care is growing, and we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Main Line: Electrification (1 Nov 2017)

Liz Twist: What recent assessment he has made of the effect on the Welsh economy of the Government’s decision not to electrify the main line to Swansea.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Main Line: Electrification (1 Nov 2017)

Liz Twist: What will the Secretary of State be doing to create a more competitive and cost-effective environment for rail infrastructure in Wales?

Petition - Save Our Shire Hill Hospital: Mental Health: Pharmacists (25 Oct 2017)

Liz Twist: Does my hon. Friend agree that all employers could benefit from having policies to support staff when they are at work, and when, sadly, an employee dies by suicide? Should not employers be encouraged to take up programmes such as those developed by the Samaritans, Business in the Community and Public Health England for the benefit of staff?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Jobcentre Closures (25 Oct 2017)

Liz Twist: What assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed closures of jobcentres on local communities in Scotland.


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