Results 1–20 of 80 for speaker:Tahir Ali

Energy Update (5 Sep 2022)

Tahir Ali: The Minister’s statement was nothing but full of hot air. In the midst of a cost of living crisis, the worst in living memory, many of my constituents are struggling to pay their energy bills, as are others across the country. The words of wisdom from the outgoing Prime Minister were for people to buy a kettle for £20 and save £10 a year. Does the Minister agree that the Government are...

Urgent and Emergency Care (5 Sep 2022)

Tahir Ali: Two weeks ago, in the west midlands, it was being reported that some were waiting as long as 17 hours to receive service from an ambulance. It was also reported that at least 68 people have died since April while waiting for an ambulance, although that number was backdated to last August. It is now clear that our NHS is at breaking point due to a decade of Tory cuts; welcome to backlog...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (6 Jul 2022)

Tahir Ali: In my constituency, many children are going to school and having their only meal of the day there, because of the crisis that this Government have forced on the residents of our constituencies. Does the hon. Member agree that it is absurd that that is happening? Many schools are not even opening for the full five days.

Delivery of Public Services (28 Jun 2022)

Tahir Ali: It is a privilege to speak after the hon. Member for Bury North (James Daly), who seems to take the line that because someone else is doing badly, it is okay for this Tory Government of 12 years to do badly; and that because somebody else is failing to deliver somewhere, it is entirely right for the Conservative Government to fail and not deliver for the public in this country. When...

Delivery of Public Services (28 Jun 2022)

Tahir Ali: I was referring to how the Conservative party uses smoke and mirrors to blame everyone else for its failures. I have spoken to asylum seekers who have not received a single update on the progress of their application for asylum. These are people who do not have the right to work or any recourse to public funds, so making them wait for months at a time without providing an update on their...

Delivery of Public Services (28 Jun 2022)

Tahir Ali: Welcome to backlog Britain, thanks to 12 years of a Conservative Government.

Rail Strikes (15 Jun 2022)

Tahir Ali: Members vote to go on strike as an absolute last resort. It happens when everything else has failed. In the strike action planned for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, I will show my solidarity by joining trade union members wholeheartedly. Would Government Members do the same and show solidarity with the working class?

Rail Strikes (15 Jun 2022)

Tahir Ali: I come from a maintenance background and I know how maintenance works. When you get rid of engineers, you cannot replace them. You cannot decide one day that you have got rid of 500 too many maintenance staff or engineers; they are specialist workers who need training over the years. Once they have gone, so has the knowledge. Drones and technology can replace people to some extent, but not to...

HM Passport Office Backlog (14 Jun 2022)

Tahir Ali: I will start with the quote from our hon. Friend the shadow Minister that my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham East (Janet Daby) closed with: “A Government who fail to plan are a Government who plan to fail”. The response of Ministers on the Treasury Bench was to laugh. Government Members might find it funny, but Opposition Members do not because of the hundreds or thousands of...

HM Passport Office Backlog (14 Jun 2022)

Tahir Ali: In all his contributions, the Minister has not once admitted what the backlog is. Maybe the hon. Gentleman can get an answer from his own Minister: does he know what the backlog of outstanding cases is and how much it will take to reduce them?

Children’s Education Recovery and Childcare Costs (7 Jun 2022)

Tahir Ali: Nearly 45% of children in my Birmingham, Hall Green constituency live in relative poverty—more than double the national average. An area of Sparkbrook in my constituency has the highest rate in the region, a staggering 67%. Many of these children come from families that are not in work, and other families rely on universal credit. Given the cost of living crisis, stagnant wages and the cut...

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (23 May 2022)

Tahir Ali: First, will the Minister join me in extending gratitude to the thousands of social workers and family foster care workers who do the hard work day in, day out? We have a huge difficulty in my Birmingham, Hall Green constituency with children not being matched with families from certain minority groups because of the lack of awareness and the lack of families coming forward to foster. Will...

Achieving Economic Growth (18 May 2022)

Tahir Ali: The Queen’s Speech clearly comes from a beleaguered Government who have run out of ideas and lost the ability to show leadership in a time of acute crisis. As several of my colleagues have made abundantly clear, the lack of measures to address the cost of living is an indictment of the Government and demonstrates their complete disregard for everybody struggling and working in the UK....

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Tahir Ali: Recently, I was sent hundreds of Valentine cards from pupils at St Dunstan’s Primary School in my constituency, to my surprise; it is more than I have ever received. In each card, handmade and written by a pupil, the message was clear: to stand in solidarity with refugees and vote against this draconian Bill. Primary school children were asking me to do the right thing. These young people...

Recognition of the State of Palestine (24 Feb 2022)

Tahir Ali: Like many others, I firmly believe in a lasting and just two-state solution to the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine. I maintain that the two-state solution is the best means of ensuring the sovereignty and security of the Palestinian and Israeli people. However, the two-state solution is currently more imperilled than it has been for decades. The ongoing illegal annexation...

Non-commissioned Exempt Accommodation (23 Feb 2022)

Tahir Ali: I would like to begin by thanking my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Shabana Mahmood) for her excellent contribution and for securing the Westminster Hall debate a few weeks ago, and by noting the work done by the late Jack Dromey, the former Member for Birmingham, Erdington, on the issue of exempt accommodation in Birmingham. As the Minister is no doubt aware, Birmingham...

Supported Exempt Accommodation (9 Feb 2022)

Tahir Ali: Will the Minister give way?

Supported Exempt Accommodation (9 Feb 2022)

Tahir Ali: I thank the Minister for giving way. Does he agree that councils across the country need regulations so that they can take action against rogue operators? My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Preet Kaur Gill) mentioned that she was successful in closing down a rogue operator in her constituency, but that it then opened up in a neighbouring constituency. Councils need the...

Oil and Gas Producers: Windfall Tax (1 Feb 2022)

Tahir Ali: Over the past few months, I have been approached by numerous constituents in Birmingham, Hall Green who have expressed serious concern over the affordability of their fuel bills. Many people are now facing a significant cost of living crisis that has been driven, in my view, by two main factors. First, over the last 20 years in the UK, gas prices have nearly tripled; the increase is...

Access to GP Appointments (12 Jan 2022)

Tahir Ali: Many of my constituents, and constituents across the country, are concerned about how quickly they can get face-to-face appointments, especially those mentioned earlier: the vulnerable, the elderly, and those who cannot do online or telephone appointments. The investment in surgeries is most welcome, but we need immediate action to address the shortfall in patients being seen by doctors where...

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