Results 121–135 of 135 for speaker:Lord Woodley

Cost of Living: Pensioners - Question (26 May 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords—

Cost of Living: Pensioners - Question (26 May 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, Age UK said that, before the pandemic, 1.3 million pensioners in England were suffering from the “risk of malnutrition”. It adds that “1.4 million older people … have been eating less since the start of the pandemic” and are “at a greater risk of becoming malnourished”. What estimate have the Government made of the risk of malnutrition among pensioners and what are we...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (16 May 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, as other noble Lords have already said, there was no mention of the Government’s much-promised employment Bill in last week’s gracious Address. There is no doubt that this is a scandalous omission and nothing less than a betrayal of working-class voters, many of whom, sadly, believed the Prime Minister’s cynical pledge at the last election, as my noble friend Lord Monks said,...

English Football: Independent Regulator - Question (25 Apr 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, today’s announcement on football governance is of course a very welcome step forward. Fans, when you talk to us all, are demanding more than just consultation about club colours and stadiums. It is the day-to-day running and ownership of clubs that makes a difference to fans’ real involvement, as with their counterparts in Germany, for example. Therefore, can the Minister give...

Employment Bill - Question ( 6 Apr 2022)

Lord Woodley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce the Employment Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech in December 2019.

Elections Bill - Committee (4th Day) (21 Mar 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I agree that Clause 1 should be struck from the Bill, if the Bill itself is not withdrawn. The clause is a dangerous solution to a problem that, as has been said, does not even exist. Requiring photo ID to vote will not strengthen democracy; it will weaken it. There is no doubt in my mind about that. It will damage the democratic rights of millions, disproportionately disfranchising...

Elections Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued): Amendment 52 (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I support Amendment 52 in the name of my noble friend Lord Collins. He eloquently explained the pernicious threat posed by this legislation to our democracy. As a former leader of Unite the Union, I do not need anyone to tell me how dangerous this Bill, and Clause 27 in particular, will be to trade unions and their ability to campaign on the issues that matter to their members. My...

Inflation: Families - Question (16 Mar 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, this below-inflation increase to social security is, in real terms, a disaster for the poorest and most desperate people in our society; there is no doubt at all about that. Can the Minister explain why the Government are once again attacking the poor, making them even poorer while the rich are getting richer in our country and society today?

Trade Union (Levy Payable to the Certification Officer) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion ( 7 Mar 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, this is the first opportunity I have had to speak since my near-death experience nine months ago. It would be wrong not to thank the Lord Speaker for all the support he has given me and my family and to thank the rest of the noble Lords here who know what has gone on. I also thank Dr Wong in Liverpool general hospital for somehow saving my life. It is a privilege to be back. I...

National Insurance Contributions - Question ( 7 Mar 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, there is no doubt at all that at the lowest level this tax will be a detrimental pay cut for most workers in our country—there is no doubt at all about that. It will be felt most harshly by them, while they are at the same time caught up in the cost of living crisis that we have. They are being squeezed dry, as we know, by soaring inflation—and that is before next month’s...

Covid-19: Children - Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2021)

Lord Woodley: I thank Estelle, the noble Baroness, Lady Morris, although she is not here at the moment. What a wonderful introduction and contribution. With more than 500,000 under-25s presently unemployed, we have a duty to act now for those individuals and for our country. Of course we do. In my view, an important way of levelling up opportunities for children—in particular furthering their skills and...

Fishing Industry - Question (16 Jun 2021)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, the sustainability of the fishing industry in the UK is of course a critical matter, as noble Lords will all agree. Does the Minister agree that the sustainability of the car industry is also crucial to the economy of our country and join me in welcoming the Prime Minister’s statement that the Government—in fact, both Houses—will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the...

Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port and Battery Manufacturing Strategy - Commons Urgent Question ( 2 Mar 2021)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I appreciate the helpful comments that have already been made, but I must ask the Government to leave no stone unturned in keeping this Vauxhall car plant at Ellesmere Port open—it is crucial, as people have said. Finalising an agreement with Stellantis to manufacture not one but potentially two next-generation battery-driven vehicles is crucial, securing, of course, thousands of...

National Security and Investment Bill - Second Reading ( 4 Feb 2021)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, it is a great honour and privilege to join your Lordships’ House and speak in this debate today. Turning to the subject of the Bill, I believe that critical national infrastructures should be controlled and operated in the public interest, and certainly not run for private profit or sold off to corporate investors in a way that jeopardises jobs, safety and the security of the...

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