All 17 results for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ben Bradley

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Ben Bradley: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Paisley. I thank the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith) for securing this important debate. I ask hon. Members to bear with me, because while I will probably reach the same conclusion as others, my rhetoric might be slightly different. Like many hon. Members, a number of my constituents who are beneficiaries of the...

Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (5 Dec 2017)

Ben Bradley: I have also met the trustees. Does the hon. Gentleman accept what they have said—that the guarantee is the most important part of the agreement, and that they would not wish to give any movement on that guarantee within the scheme for any price?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Ben Bradley: Frankly, before last Wednesday, I expected to be a bit grumpy about the Budget. I was concerned that there would be no offer for younger people and that my constituents would lose out again, as they have so many times in previous Budgets. Imagine my surprise, therefore, when I was greeted by the Chancellor’s fair, inclusive and progressive Budget last week. As I have repeatedly said in...

Business of the House (2 Nov 2017)

Ben Bradley: I am currently researching coalfield communities such as my constituency of Mansfield and a strategy to rejuvenate their economies and infrastructure. These communities are among the most deprived in the country, and are characterised by low wages and lack of economic regeneration over decades. May we have a debate to share Members’ experiences of coalfield development and regeneration...

Social Care: Supported Housing (25 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: Constantly under Labour Governments we heard stories of families claiming £100,000-plus in housing benefit. In welcoming the Government’s announcement today on supported housing, does the hon. Gentleman accept that there was clearly a need to change the way we dealt with housing benefit?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: In 2010, the coalition Government inherited a broken welfare system that was over-complicated and encouraged a lifestyle of benefit dependency, with more and more families on benefits for successive generations, particularly in constituencies such as mine, where people have felt abandoned for decades. Many families who wanted to work and do the right thing were worse off and discouraged from...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: It is, perhaps, less pleasurable than it should be to follow so many of my colleagues, because it means that no one on the Opposition Benches is bothering to speak, which is very disappointing. [Hon. Members: “There are some Scottish National party Members here.”] You guys are very committed: well done. It is absolutely understandable that there is concern about the approach that...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: I entirely agree. It is vital for us to be able to safeguard our national interests and the skills that we have in great numbers, so that we can support the industry and continue to go from strength to strength in the UK, regardless of what the Germans tell us we should be doing. The Joint European Torus programme in Oxfordshire is a key example of the positive support that we have received....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Police Funding (16 Oct 2017)

Ben Bradley: Antisocial behaviour and so-called low-level crime are a blight on Mansfield’s town centre, limiting investment and regeneration. Opposition Members are always keen to talk about budgets, which we know have risen, but it is not enough to throw money at a problem without having a plan. Will the Minister therefore tell me what proposals might come forward to try new methods of policing...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Inward Tourism (14 Sep 2017)

Ben Bradley: What assessment she has made of trends in the level of tourism to the UK in the next five years.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Inward Tourism (14 Sep 2017)

Ben Bradley: Mansfield is the biggest and best town in Nottinghamshire, with a wonderful theatre, a nationally acclaimed museum and Sherwood forest on its doorstep, but we do not make the most of those assets. In fact, we do not have a single major hotel in the constituency. Will the Minister join me in commending the work of Mansfield Town football club, which is striving to bring such a hotel to the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Ben Bradley: On 23 June 2016, the people of Mansfield voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU. They were so passionate about the issue that a record number turned out to vote on that day and 72% voted to leave. This decision was born out of not ignorance or fear but a feeling of indignation at the UK’s treatment by the EU and a desire to regain control of our borders, our laws and, most importantly,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Homelessness (17 Jul 2017)

Ben Bradley: In my constituency, homelessness is raised with me regularly already. Will my hon. Friend lay out the progress with the Government’s homelessness reduction taskforce so that I can allay some of those concerns?

Public Sector Pay Cap (5 Jul 2017)

Ben Bradley: In my constituency, the local NHS trust has been crippled by Labour’s disastrous PFI deal, a £350 million building project that has now cost £2 billion in interest payments that could have otherwise been used for pay rises. Does the Chief Secretary agree that this proves absolutely that sound economic planning in the health service is the best way to provide fair pay in the future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Regional Funding: Arts and Culture (29 Jun 2017)

Ben Bradley: I welcome this week’s announcement of more funding for the arts and museums largely in Nottingham city, but did the Minister hear me mention this week the potential for a mining museum in my constituency of Mansfield? Will he meet me to help us further celebrate that heritage and culture and see whether we can make progress on that?

The Prime Minister Was Asked--: Engagements (28 Jun 2017)

Ben Bradley: Does the Prime Minister agree that an Opposition leader who claims to be all things to all men and says one thing to remain voters in London and quite the opposite to leave voters in constituencies such as mine is actually no kind of leader at all? Perhaps that might be why voters in my constituency rejected his leadership in the recent election.

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Ben Bradley: It is a privilege to be able to make my maiden speech and to follow the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty), who spoke with his usual eloquence. I am honoured and humbled to have been elected by the residents of Mansfield as the constituency’s first ever Conservative Member of Parliament. The seat has been held by Labour since 1923, so that is a huge vote of...


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