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Results 1–20 of 200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Laura Pidcock

Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights (29 Oct 2019)

Laura Pidcock: (Urgent question): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy if she will make a statement on the Government’s plans for workers’ rights after the UK leaves the EU.

Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights (29 Oct 2019)

Laura Pidcock: Thank you for granting this urgent question, Mr Speaker. I persisted. The leaked memos reported in the Financial Times over the weekend are both worrying and, at the same time, utterly predictable. They shine a light on the true politics of this Conservative Government and how they are seeking to use the withdrawal agreement Bill, as with their whole Brexit strategy, to sell out workers. The...

Points of Order (28 Oct 2019)

Laura Pidcock: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The revealing internal documents leaked to the Financial Times over the weekend go to the very heart of the issue with the withdrawal agreement Bill and give us a glimpse of the Government’s true intentions on workers’ rights. Last week, the Prime Minister stood up and said time and again that they would keep the “highest possible standards” on...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Workplace Access Rights (22 Oct 2019)

Laura Pidcock: Wow! What an answer. This is the situation for workers at Amazon: their bones are being broken, they are being knocked unconscious and they are being taken away in ambulances. Where is the urgency to step in and stop what is happening to these workers? Are the Government going to demand an urgent inquiry, or do they wash their hands of these workers? At the heart of the issue at Amazon is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (3 Sep 2019)

Laura Pidcock: Natalie Jackson has not seen or had any contact from her son Dylan, who is 11, in more than a year because her ex-partner has not returned him home after a summer holiday in 2018. The High Court has made Dylan a ward of court and ordered his immediate return, but his return was denied by the Turkish courts. I have written to the Secretary of State about this. Please will he answer, and meet...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2019)

Laura Pidcock: Given the reported use of food banks by staff in the Secretary of State’s Department, and given that the first ever indefinite strike action of outsourced workers in Whitehall is happening now, does the Secretary of State not see it as his duty at least to ensure that BEIS contractors are not breaking legislation? That includes potential breaches of regulation 7 of the Conduct of Employment...

Backbench Business - Whistleblowingbackbench Business (3 Jul 2019)

Laura Pidcock: What an interesting debate this has been. I, too, would like to congratulate all those brave people who have come forward as whistleblowers. There has been so much agreement in this Chamber and that is not just because there are so few of us here; it is because this is a serious issue that we all have a willingness to try to redress. I congratulate the right hon. Member for North Norfolk...

Petition - NHS Hospital Services in the Consett Area (26 Jun 2019)

Laura Pidcock: I have a petition from residents in North West Durham, who are hoping that the Government listen. The petition states: The petition of residents of North West Durham, Declares that a succession of Government funding reductions has led to fewer services being delivered at Shotley Bridge Hospital; and further that this reduction of services threatens the viability of a community hospital in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Jun 2019)

Laura Pidcock: I know the right hon. Gentleman is just a stand-in while the vultures circle, but what does he think of the legacy left by the Prime Minister? This is a deeply divided country in which 14 million people live in poverty, in which 130,000 preventable deaths have been caused by austerity since 2012, in which 17,000 people have died while waiting for disability benefits and in which homelessness...

Trade Union Access to Workplaces — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (4 Jun 2019)

Laura Pidcock: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington South (Faisal Rashid) on securing this debate, on introducing his ten-minute rule Bill, and on bringing trade union issues to the House of Commons. With some exceptions, it is only Labour Members who press these issues continuously and bring the worker’s voice into this space. I welcome the opportunity to speak on an important issue...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison and Probation Officers: Gross Misconduct Charges (4 Jun 2019)

Laura Pidcock: What steps he is taking to improve legal protections for prison and probation officers facing charges of gross misconduct.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison and Probation Officers: Gross Misconduct Charges (4 Jun 2019)

Laura Pidcock: Napo has called for the scapegoating of probation officers to end, especially with the reviewing of cases that have already been covered by a review. It insists that senior managers are driven by a desire to be seen to be doing something rather than to deal with the root cause, which is the unbearable workload pressures caused by mass vacancies. Does the Minister agree that the probation...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 May 2019)

Laura Pidcock: Medomsley detention centre in my constituency was a living hell for the boys and young men sent there from across the UK in the ’70s and ’80s. Rape and torture were commonplace. So far, 1,800 men have bravely come forward to say they were affected. Some of those young men reported that abuse decades before the first person was convicted for some of the crimes committed. Nearly a year ago...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Workers’ Rights: Trade Union Discussions (30 Apr 2019)

Laura Pidcock: There are many warm words from the Government on workers’ rights, but to say that the Conservatives are the party of workers is a joke, because their actions in government tell a different story. Strong economies are almost always underpinned by strong trade union rights. Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark all have extensive sectoral collective-bargaining coverage, which has been used to...

Ten Years of the Work Capability Assessment — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Apr 2019)

Laura Pidcock: I thank all the hon. Members who came to the Chamber today to share the painful experiences of their constituents. I pay tribute to my excellent caseworkers, who work day in and day out to try to get justice for people who are subject to the abuses of the state. I express solidarity also with all the disability rights campaign groups and advice services. It is a real shame that not one...

Ten Years of the Work Capability Assessment — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Apr 2019)

Laura Pidcock: I beg to move, That this House has considered 10 years of the work capability assessment in relation to employment and support allowance and universal credit. This feels like such an inadequate environment to describe the work capability assessment and its brutal consequences. I wish that every single person affected by the system could be here with us in the Chamber and look in the eyes of...

Ten Years of the Work Capability Assessment — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Apr 2019)

Laura Pidcock: That is right, and in a place like North West Durham, where we have an inadequate and expensive transport system, it is unjustifiable not to have assessments carried out at home if someone is feeling unwell and faces stress in having to go to that assessment. If the person does manage to get to the assessment centre, the assessor uses that as evidence of their ability to travel, walk, sit...

Un International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (8 Apr 2019)

Laura Pidcock: There is very little in what the hon. Gentleman says that I disagree with. Does he agree with me that racism is not just interpersonal, but systemic? It is difficult to sit and listen to the words he is saying when we know of the record of this Government—of the Prevent agenda, of the Windrush generation, of the “Go Home” vans. What he has said is fine, but racism is systemic and is...

Points of Order (1 Apr 2019)

Laura Pidcock: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. This is not Brexit-related, but it is important to my constituents. On 31 January, I wrote to the Minister for Employment about an urgent matter involving a severely disabled constituent of mine who, through natural migration on to universal credit, has been made £98 a week worse off than when on working tax credit, after she was mis-advised by officials. I...


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