Results 1–20 of 25 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Karen Lee

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: This Budget offered the majority of my constituents very little hope, and hope is what is missing in our society. I am not talking it down; the grim truth is that our economy has flatlined. The cut in stamp duty is of no use to my constituents on low wages who cannot afford a mortgage, and the OBR says that without an increase in supply, the stamp duty cut will drive prices up. The public...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: No, I will not; I am going to make some progress. This Budget has done nothing to challenge or address the unfairness in our society, and people will feel poorer for longer. It is most definitely not a Budget for the many, and those who benefit are, without doubt, the very few. As a newcomer to the Opposition, I think that Government Members ought to hang their heads in shame, and they ought...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: I am a nurse and I still do bank shifts at Lincoln County Hospital, and I am sorry but I really do not recognise what the Secretary of State is describing. Hospitals have got leaking roofs, with buckets to catch the water coming in, and nurses leave shifts at least an hour late, while our pay has been capped and we have lost 14% since 2010. I am sorry, but I do not recognise the NHS he is...

International Trade: Topical Questions (23 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: A freedom of information request revealed that the Minister acted as a lobbyist for oil and gas companies in Brazil on taxation and environmental licensing issues. Does he think that is consistent with the Government’s commitment to lead the world in environmental protection, and that it conforms with the ministerial code of conduct?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: From December, the Policing and Crime Act 2017 will stop police cells being used as places of safety for people detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. In Lincolnshire, with around 750,000 residents, there will be only four hospital-based places of safety, and two of those will be in Lincoln’s Peter Hodgkinson Centre. Last year, 89 people were detained in police cells...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Food Poverty (13 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: If he will make an assessment of the effect of the length of waiting time to receive universal credit on levels of food poverty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Food Poverty (13 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: The manager of a food bank in Lincoln has said that there is evidence of a clear correlation locally between the introduction of universal credit—in Lincoln, we have only had it partially so far; we are getting full roll-out in March—and an increase in the use of food banks. I ask for your comments on that, and do Government Members, including yourself, think it is acceptable that...

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that if 16 and 17-year-olds are old and wise enough to be out on the streets campaigning with people like me in the last general election, they are wise enough to vote?

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Karen Lee: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, no matter what equipment we have, the root of the problem is not having enough staff to deal with these situations? I am a nurse, and I know that we do not have enough nurses. It is as easy as that, and we need to address the problem.

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Karen Lee: I lost my daughter a few years ago; she was an adult. You never get over it—you just get used to it and live with it. I was employed by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and I had a phased return to work. They were just marvellous—I can never thank them enough. It makes such a difference, having that chance to grieve. I completely support this Bill, and I am really grateful...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Karen Lee: As a former nurse, I am really pleased to see the call for blood and saliva tests when people have been bitten or spat at, because I know how worrying it is for somebody to think that they might have HIV or hepatitis. Waiting times in A&E, plus the shortage of nurses to de-escalate situations because they are busy doing 101 other things, mean that there is nobody to deal with the rising...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Karen Lee: My hon. Friend the Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock) spoke well at PMQs about the effect of universal credit in her constituency. Lincoln also has pockets of deprivation: some 13,000 people who work earn less than the living wage; one in four children live in poverty; one in 10 households are in fuel poverty; and 10 areas in Lincoln are in the top 10% of most deprived areas...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Lobbying (11 Oct 2017)

Karen Lee: What steps he is taking to ensure that the lobbying of Government is carried out in a transparent and fair manner.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Lobbying (11 Oct 2017)

Karen Lee: The Minister has restricted trade unions and charities with regard to lobbying; can he tell us when he will properly regulate big business lobbying to Government?

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Karen Lee: I am pleased to speak in this Opposition day debate on the public sector pay cap. I was elected as a Labour MP for Lincoln on a fully costed manifesto, and I am proud to be a member of the shadow Treasury team. Our NHS is chronically understaffed, and there are not enough nurses, doctors, midwives, healthcare support workers, housekeepers, occupational therapists or physios—I could go...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Karen Lee: Unison were a part of it.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Karen Lee: This is a genuine question. I am a nurse, and I see the situation at first hand. I go to work once a month—I still do bank shifts—and the situation is truly awful. We are so understaffed that it is unbelievable. I looked after 10 patients on my last shift. That is not for the audience; it is the truth. The NHS is in that sort of state. Lincoln’s walk-in centre is threatened...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Karen Lee: rose—

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Karen Lee: I am a nurse and I believe in fairness. This is not just about paying nurses properly; it is about the porters, the housekeepers, the cooks, the cleaners and the admin staff, because they all do a good job. This is about not just healthcare workers but the whole public sector, because if the Government can find £1 billion for the DUP, they can pay the public sector properly.

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