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Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley East (Stephanie Peacock) on securing this important debate, and on the thoughtful, passionate contributions made by colleagues today—all but one of them from the Opposition. It seems that the Government’s ruthless whipping ended with the last vote to happen in the Chamber. My hon. Friend eloquently captured the fear and...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: It is absolutely nonsensical that the state should subsidise inordinate profits on the one hand and very poor pay on the other. The reality of modern work for millions of people, particularly in the north and in places such as North West Durham, is short-termism, insecurity, low pay and fear. Fixed-term contracts, enforced self-employment and agency work signal a move towards a more...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I have very little time; I am sorry. A whole industry has exploded to formalise and professionalise insecurity at work, including through the use and abuse of new technology. It is absolutely right that we view that as the challenge of our generation. How we meet the challenges of technology replacing management structures with apps essentially being the employer is one of the most pressing...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I am so sorry; I cannot. I have gone over my time already, and I want to ensure that my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley East manages to sum up. Hon. Members have given the Minister many solutions for zero-hours contracts, such as the Swedish derogation, equal rights for agency workers and, crucially, enforcement —things will not improve without enforcement. It is only with workers...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Automotive Industry (12 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Contrary to what the Secretary of State has said, over the past six months nearly 2,000 job losses have been announced in the UK’s automotive sector. This week in the media we have seen speculation about thousands of further redundancies caused by a combination of factors, including worries about possible consequences of a no deal Brexit and the absence of the customs union. May I press...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jun 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Wolsingham school in my constituency has been forced to suspend its sixth form as the result of years of cuts to post-16 education by this ruthless Government and a national funding formula that discriminates against smaller rural communities and their schools. The Education Secretary has washed his hands of the issue. As a result, young people in my community will face four hours or more in...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western) on securing this important debate. He said that “the headwinds are strong and many” for the automotive sector. He went on to point out 16 issues, including business rates; energy costs; the move from older energies to renewables; the UK’s future trading relationship following our withdrawal...

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: That is right. I have outlined previously that perhaps some of the confusion and slowness in the process is due to the fact that an initial set of negotiations has to be carried out with two or three Cabinet members before negotiations with the EU can take place. The SMMT says that “neither option currently being considered by government...would provide the frictionless movement of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (22 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Contrary to the out-of-touch outlook presented by the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy), Eurostat figures show regional inequality in the UK, measured in output per hour, to be the worst in Europe. There is a massive disparity across England, with households in the south-east, the richest area of the UK, having more than double the wealth of those in the north-east, where my...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: Dupuytren’s contracture, or miner’s claw, as it is commonly known, is a progressive condition that causes the fingers gradually to curl up, occasionally requiring amputation. It is a very common disease among former miners, and the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council has made it clear to the DWP that there is a link between the use of percussive tools and miner’s claw. Why...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (14 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I thank all the people who signed the petition, which has given us the chance to put our demands to the Government on behalf of the bereaved people of Grenfell Tower and the wider community in Kensington. It is always people outside this place rather than Members themselves that push it to progress. To be honest, like many others Members have said, it should not be this difficult to secure a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for sixth-form colleges.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: That is not the reality in my community. To me, it is unjustifiable to provide £50 million for grammar schools when Wolsingham School, in the heart of rural Weardale in my constituency, has been forced to suspend its sixth form, which means that young people may have to travel up to four hours for access to post-16 education. The issues are inadequate per-pupil funding combined with...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I want to start by mentioning the patronising way in which the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry)—who is no longer in her place—spoke to me earlier about countering the far right in her youth. Countering the far right should not be something that people can consign to their youth; they should make a lifelong commitment to challenging and countering those deplorable...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (30 Apr 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I am still in a bit of shock about the announcement that it is a golden era for the north-east. Labour’s housing Green Paper highlighted how 12,000 council and housing association homes in the north-east, and almost 250,000 nationally, are classed as unfit for human habitation. Can the Secretary of State explain why his Government cut support for local authorities through the decent...

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I have not heard much clarity on this, so will the Prime Minister tell us whether she is planning to use Executive powers again with regard to military action in Syria—in breach of the commonly understood parliamentary protocol that would have given the House a say in a matter of war? There is clear opposition from British people to airstrikes, and I think the public are right to be...

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap: Action Plans (29 Mar 2018)

Laura Pidcock: What steps the Government are taking to ensure companies produce action plans to reduce their gender pay gap.

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap: Action Plans (29 Mar 2018)

Laura Pidcock: It is clear from the most recent figures that the requirement on companies to publish pay data is not making a material difference to women’s pay. With the gender pay gap at 18.4% and a quarter of a million women paid less than the national minimum wage, does the Minister agree that the Government are all talk and no action on pay equality, and that to achieve pay parity we need much...

Local Authority Financial Sustainability: NAO Report — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Mar 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury) for bringing this extremely important debate to the Chamber. I echo my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Walton (Dan Carden) on the lack of representation from Conservative Members. I hope that is symbolic of how they will do at the local elections. I have seen Durham County Council staff work extremely hard in a...

Corporate Governance and Insolvency (20 Mar 2018)

Laura Pidcock: I thank the Minister for advance sight of his statement and for making it in good time. There are two substantive proposals: on clawback and on disqualification of directors. There is, however, already provision in insolvency law for clawback of assets, for example assets sold at an undervalue. There is also provision in company law for disqualification of directors due to incompetence or...


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