Results 121–140 of 220 for speaker:Mark Fletcher

Elections Bill (7 Sep 2021)

Mark Fletcher: There have been moments today, listening to Opposition Members, when I have felt like I have been missing my tin foil hat. My hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Tom Randall) and I turn up to all these events united in a purpose, because we both lived through an experience in Tower Hamlets that is incredibly difficult to forget. When I am told that there is no problem with our elections, I...

Elections Bill (7 Sep 2021)

Mark Fletcher: No, I cannot easily recall such an issue, and I hope that that is never our approach in this House. I appreciate that Opposition Members have raised many points that they feel equally strongly about, but I just think that they are in the wrong ballpark. If they were being consistent, they would be campaigning to repeal the voter ID laws in Northern Ireland, which are incredibly successful and...

Elections Bill (7 Sep 2021)

Mark Fletcher: I am pretty sure that I dealt with the point about numbers in the first part of what I said. In regard to the idea that millions will be disfranchised, I think a number of 3.5 million was produced by the Electoral Commission. That is now five years out of date—forgive me if I am off by a year or two—and does not take into account the range of identification that can be used under the...

Elections Bill (7 Sep 2021)

Mark Fletcher: The Minister set out in her opening remarks that 98% of people have access to appropriate ID already and that a free alternative will be available from councils, so I am a little baffled by the argument that the hon. Lady is making.

Elections Bill (7 Sep 2021)

Mark Fletcher: Does the Minister agree that often the victims of postal vote harvesting are those who come from many of the groups that the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) mentioned, including those who do not have English as a first language, and that this is a good protection for them and for our democratic process?

Written Answers — Treasury: Question (7 Sep 2021)

Mark Fletcher: What fiscal steps his Department is taking to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the covid-19 pandemic.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (20 Jul 2021)

Mark Fletcher: I have been in correspondence with the Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas with respect to a complex constituency case. What help can FCDO officials give to constituents who have favourable court orders in both this country and another jurisdiction to repatriate a child to the UK, but who face constant battles and hurdles to do so?

Voter ID — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (13 Jul 2021)

Mark Fletcher: The hon. Lady kindly intervened on me, told me of her Labour party membership since 2004 and told me that people do not require voter ID to attend Labour party events. To return to Tower Hamlets, I am conscious that the hon. Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Apsana Begum) hosted an event at St Paul’s church in Bow on Sunday 27 October 2019. On the poster for that event, which I have in...

Voter ID — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (13 Jul 2021)

Mark Fletcher: rose—

Voter ID — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (13 Jul 2021)

Mark Fletcher: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Voter ID — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (13 Jul 2021)

Mark Fletcher: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Gary. I think the hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown) approached this issue with an attitude of “Let’s throw various things at the wall and see if any of them stick,” rather than a coherent argument. The hon. Member for Luton South (Rachel Hopkins) opened the debate by saying that this legislation is a direct...

Voter ID — [Sir Gary Streeter in the Chair] (13 Jul 2021)

Mark Fletcher: I commiserate the hon. Lady for her long membership of the Labour party—I hope it has not proved too costly. However, she will be aware that there have been many adverts for Labour party events that say that members must bring identification. I am very happy to provide screenshots of those events, but I think that she will accept the common point, and perhaps she could return to it later....

Afghanistan (8 Jul 2021)

Mark Fletcher: I place on the record the same thanks as others have for the service and sacrifice of our armed forces who have served in Afghanistan. As my right hon. Friend said in his statement, we owe the translators and locally employed staff in Afghanistan an enormous debt of gratitude for all the work that they have done in supporting UK armed forces personnel. Does he agree that it is right that we...

Business of the House (8 Jul 2021)

Mark Fletcher: In recent weeks, I have met several of my local parish and town councils, and they have all led on a rise in antisocial behaviours that is affecting their communities and residents. Some residents are living in fear, and more often than not it is a small group of people, sometimes even one family, causing chaos for those around them. I know that I have the full support of the new police and...

Emergency Covid Contracts (29 Jun 2021)

Mark Fletcher: From the onset of the pandemic, the contracts we have signed have allowed us to procure billions of items of PPE and secure vital lifesaving equipment at a time of unprecedented global demand. Does my hon. Friend agree that if we had dithered and delayed, if we had not explored every possible opportunity, and if we had not tried to take advantage of every olive branch that was offered, the...

Justice: Pet Theft (29 Jun 2021)

Mark Fletcher: What steps his Department is taking to tackle pet theft.

Justice: Pet Theft (29 Jun 2021)

Mark Fletcher: Pet theft can be absolutely heartbreaking for families. I have spoken to some of the families in my constituency who have gone through this process and they warmly welcome the establishment of the pet theft taskforce. Can my right hon. and learned Friend outline what kind of solutions the taskforce is looking at?

Business of the House (24 Jun 2021)

Mark Fletcher: A couple of weeks ago, at my new constituency office in the heart of Bolsover town centre, I was delighted to launch the Bolsover high street taskforce. Along with local stakeholders, I look forward to helping to unleash Bolsover’s tourism potential and delivering a town centre that all residents can be proud of for many decades to come. With that in mind, can we have a debate in Government...

Transport: Rural Areas: Transport Connections (24 Jun 2021)

Mark Fletcher: What steps his Department is taking to improve transport connections in rural areas.

Transport: Rural Areas: Transport Connections (24 Jun 2021)

Mark Fletcher: I thank the Minister for that answer. Next month, I will launch a bus survey across the Bolsover constituency, because many of my villages—particularly the rural villages—have either lost services or are completely isolated, such as Hilcote. Will he commit to coming to meet some of the residents who have been most eloquent in their arguments about what this loss of services has done to...

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