Results 1–20 of 46 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Rosie Duffield

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Rosie Duffield: Thank you, Ms Buck, for allowing me to lead today’s debate and for chairing it so brilliantly. I thank all hon. Members who stayed here on a horrible hot Thursday afternoon instead of going back to their constituencies. It is great to hear the Minister pledge to do so much for democracy, and to hear about the Government’s plans. Obviously Opposition Members will keep a close eye...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Rosie Duffield: Absolutely. Under the last Labour Government I was able to work and bring up my children as a single mum. Without tax credits, I would have had no hope. I would have been living with my parents, with my children in one room, unable to feed them easily. The last Labour Government made the lives of women a lot easier and a lot better, and introduced childcare and all sorts of things that get...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Rosie Duffield: I beg to move, That this House has considered the 90th anniversary of the Equal Franchise Act 1928. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Buck. I rise to mark an important date in British history: 90 years ago, on 2 July, this House ratified the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928. For the first time ever, women were afforded equal rights to men in formal...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Rosie Duffield: Absolutely. I am a champion of Hestia, so I know of its brilliant work. The Electoral Commission is making sure that women know that their vote is theirs alone. While on this important date we note the lost potential and the pain caused by sexism and injustice, we also celebrate the tenacity, bravery and resolve of those who fought tooth and nail against the status quo to reverse the...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Rosie Duffield: Absolutely. I am sure that the Welsh Government are doing their bit. When the debate is reported and shared on social media, I know for certain the comments that will be made, because they always are. Men will type, “Why can women only be represented by women?” “Why do we need more women?” or, “What difference does it make?” as well as other rude comments...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Rosie Duffield: Absolutely. I was happy to meet some of my local WASPI activists yesterday on Parliament square. We know that men would not have taken those issues forward because they did not in the hundreds of years that they had this place to themselves, so we came here and did it ourselves. A recent and important Bill on upskirting was almost totally stopped in its tracks. It was tabled by a female MP,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Rosie Duffield: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of bus routes in England and Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Bus Routes: England and Wales (5 Jul 2018)

Rosie Duffield: My constituents have had to face a 480% rise in the cost of their children’s bus passes in the past five years. The No. 14 bus connecting Canterbury to rural east Kent villages was cut in September, and replaced by only a twice-daily bus service. This is just one of the cuts proposed by Kent County Council. What steps is the Minister taking to protect much needed rural bus routes from...

Universal Credit and Welfare Changes (21 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: We have heard that the Secretary of State is keen to meet disability groups and disabled people, and that is fantastic, but perhaps she could tell us how we will improve the situation in which payments to disabled people are always late, never on time and never in full. This is borne out by our casework, and by some of the cases we heard about during my Westminster Hall debate yesterday.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: I thank everybody here for making my first Westminster Hall debate so fantastic. The contributions by Members from across the House were really special. We heard passionate speeches, particularly from my hon. Friends the Members for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) and for Peterborough (Fiona Onasanya), which were really moving. That is about it—I know we are out of...

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Government’s response to the UN report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Thank you, Dame Cheryl. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship in my first ever Westminster Hall debate. This is an issue of great national importance and, indeed, embarrassment. What I am raising today is something in dire need...

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: I shall do, thank you; that will be interesting. I suggest that access to legal aid and information on accessing it should be made much more readily available, so that disabled people can challenge employers and potential employers on inadequate access arrangements. According to observations of the report on article 13, regarding rights to justice, the UK must: “Provide free or...

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: Absolutely. I have heard from my own constituents about the assumption that they have access to a computer, and many people use public libraries for that service. On top of all of that—as if existing barriers to disabled people maintaining sustainable income and accessing information and help were not already high enough—the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities...

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: What the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford) said sounds fantastic—really good news. However, in my constituency, the lack of jobcentres—they have closed recently—severely impacts on the sort of access that I am talking about. It would be great if that did not happen. The Centre for Welfare Reform found that austerity has been targeted at disabled people nine times more...

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising that point, but the cap is still quite low and it is difficult for people to get beyond that. It sounds too simple to say that problems with PIP assessments cause poverty, but it is true. Those statistics bear witness to that fact. The trauma caused by the PIP assessment process and the ramifications of losing welfare provision are even more infuriating,...

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: I thank the hon. Lady for her point, but as my colleagues are saying, people often give up on the process because it is simply too distressing and stressful. I have not heard any success cases in my surgery. People are really distressed by this.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: I have heard of similar waiting times, too. It is really distressing and adds to all the trauma that has been going on. I will give an example: Julius Holgate, who is a double leg amputee, won an appeal. The Department for Work and Pensions told him that he was fit to work because he could “climb stairs with his arms.” Because he lost his benefits, Julius resorted to selling his...

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: We all know that in real terms that is not the case, because the cost of living is constantly rising. I do not hear from my constituents who struggle to pay the bills that their lives are any easier—in fact, the opposite is true. We have to disagree on that one. Since the committee’s investigation in October 2015, further measures have been introduced that have or will have...

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

Rosie Duffield: Despite having two towns, the majority of my beautiful constituency is rural, meaning that my constituents are increasingly on the receiving end of rural crime. Nationally, fly-tipping has increased by 7%, becoming something of an epidemic in rural areas. In 2016, agricultural vehicle theft cost farmers and others working in rural industry £5.4 million. It is likely that that increased...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Rosie Duffield: A few weeks ago, my local NHS trust in east Kent announced that more than 1,000 employees—more than 800 Serco employees and more than 200 NHS employees—working in cleaning, catering, estates and facilities will now be employed by an arm’s length management organisation. Most of us in this House will be familiar with ALMOs, but for those watching, listening and reading about...


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