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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Simon Clarke: I rise in support of amendments (c) and (d) in lieu of Lords amendment 3, which address environmental standards and to which I have put my name. In addition, I want to express my pleasure that there has been progress today on the Dubs amendment, for which I thank the Solicitor General.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Simon Clarke: I thank the Solicitor General for clarifying that. It is right that as we move into post-Brexit territory, we show that we want to be an inclusive and welcoming country to those in the world who are most desperately in need. It seems to me that Brexit is in fact quite a simple concept. My constituents knew that they were voting for three things: to have control of our immigration policy, to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Simon Clarke: Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman prepared to accept free movement as the cost of a customs union, or is he not?

G7 (11 Jun 2018)

Simon Clarke: President Trump’s decision to impose steel and aluminium tariffs is obviously deeply concerning for my constituents and British Steel at Skinningrove. We all deplore them, but as my right hon. Friend has said, we need to work constructively to get them overturned. With that in mind, can she give further details to the House about the precise nature of her discussions with the President...

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

Simon Clarke: It is vital, as we have heard from colleagues across the House, that we tackle the challenge of crime in rural communities. My constituency is unusual on Teesside in that it is the only one with a significant rural element, in the shape of rural East Cleveland. At my rural club, I have heard eloquent testimony from local farmers and people who run rural businesses on issues such as hare...

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

Simon Clarke: My hon. Friend is completely right. The Opposition may deny it because it is fundamentally inconvenient to them.

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

Simon Clarke: I will happily give way.

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

Simon Clarke: That is the height of economic illiteracy. It fails to distinguish between the debt and the deficit. We inherited an enormous deficit, so of course the debt continued to grow while there was a deficit. We have now virtually closed that deficit on current spending, and all that we now borrow is for investment. That is an absolute calumny in terms of economics, and it is frightening that the...

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

Simon Clarke: I agree. How we slice the cake is certainly a topic to which we can return. I find myself in an interesting situation, because part of Cleveland is an urban community and part of it is a rural community. It is certainly important, as a matter of principle, that we have a funding settlement that is fair to all parts of our society. I want to look at the positive things that are going on, and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Solar Power: Imports (25 May 2018)

Simon Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the small-scale renewables industry of introducing (a) tax incentives, (b) government-backed loans and (c) removal of EU tariffs on imported solar panels after April 2019.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Roads (24 May 2018)

Simon Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the Government has made on the establishment of the Major Road Network.

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Simon Clarke: Today’s motion shows definitively that the Opposition are unfit to be a party of Government. It is quite simply the height of irresponsibility for the Labour party to demand that the Government should publish confidential Cabinet papers about our future customs arrangements at a time of such crucial negotiations. That would inevitably expose every detail to our negotiating partners in...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Simon Clarke: I agree, and I would draw another historical analogy: it is 60 years ago this year that Nye Bevan issued his famous warning to the Labour party not to send a British Foreign Secretary into the negotiating chamber naked, and that is precisely what this motion would do. It runs directly contrary to our national interest, and the whole country will see how profoundly misguided it is. There is no...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Simon Clarke: This is the same “Project Fear” prognosis that we heard in 2016, which has been comprehensibly rubbished and which nearly 70% of the hon. Lady’s own constituents rejected—and she continues to lecture me about listening to my constituents and acting in their interests. The Labour party is unreconciled to Brexit, unwilling to deliver it and unfit to run our country, but...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Simon Clarke: I cannot improve on that point, other than to say that it goes to the heart of the matter, which is that this is not about our national interest; it is about the Labour party’s domestic political interest. It is shameful and wrong. The Labour Party, in supporting a customs union, has gone back on the principles of a lifetime, broken a manifesto pledge and sided with corporations over...

East Coast Main Line (16 May 2018)

Simon Clarke: Can my right hon. Friend confirm that all planned investment in the line will continue and that the extension of direct services to Middlesbrough will be unaffected?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Simon Clarke: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the level of intimidation faced by people in public life.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Public Life: Intimidation (16 May 2018)

Simon Clarke: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. He will be aware of incidents designed to intimidate people from being involved in public life, including a recent incident where a brick was thrown through a Conservative candidate’s window in Liverpool. Does he agree that it is vital that all involved in public life seek to encourage a culture of respect and tackle those who seek to...

Customs and Borders (26 Apr 2018)

Simon Clarke: I am a firm supporter of the Prime Minister’s position on this question, and I will set out why. I am clear that continued membership of the customs union would represent a breach of faith with the referendum result and with the wishes of millions of Labour voters up and down our country. It would also be a serious misjudgement, given the way it would leave our country bound by EU rules...


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