Results 61–80 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Martin Vickers

Petition - TV Licences for over 75S: Lowestoft High Street: Revitalisation (10 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. His description of the challenges facing Lowestoft mirrors the situation facing my constituency, because fishing, tourism and renewables are also relevant to Cleethorpes. I am sure that the Minister will mention the Greater Grimsby town deal, a private-sector-led initiative that will support Government initiatives such as the coastal...

Petition - Closure of Suggitts Lane Level Crossing, Cleethorpes (8 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: I am pleased to present a petition from residents of my Cleethorpes constituency, concerning the closure of Suggitts Lane level crossing. This is an issue that I have brought before the House on four previous occasions. The petition, which contains almost 4,000 names, shows the strength of feeling in the local community against the closure, which will cause great inconvenience. I pay...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Coastal Communities: Funding (8 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: Cleethorpes is benefiting considerably from the coastal communities fund and has great potential for regeneration through the Greater Grimsby town deal. Can the Minister give my constituents an assurance that he will continue to look generously towards Cleethorpes?

Business of the House (4 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: The Leader of the House will recall that three weeks ago, I raised with her the accountability of Network Rail. That particularly relates to its proposed closure of Suggitt’s Lane level crossing in my constituency. The accountability issue has become more serious, because the Grimsby Telegraph is reporting that when contractors moved in to lock the gates, they hauled away cars parked near...

Exiting the European Union: Brexit Preparations: Cost (4 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: What estimate have the Government made of the cost to the public purse and the potential damage to the economy if this has prevented them from implementing their manifesto commitment to leave the customs union?

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I was only just beginning to write my speech, but I shall muddle along. Needless to say, as an almost lifelong Brexit supporter, I shall be speaking against the proposal. I recognise that there are Members across the House who quite genuinely did not want to leave the European Union and who believe that the best interests of our country are served by being a...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: I will happily give way to my neighbour.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend and constituency neighbour is absolutely right in his analysis. Moving on, some people argue for a second referendum, or a so-called people’s vote, as if the people did not vote on the first occasion.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. Although he is not my neighbour, he is of course welcome to visit Cleethorpes at any time. He will be made most welcome. I was moving on to talk about a second referendum and the uncertainty and division that it would cause. I ask those Members who think that it would resolve the issue what would happen if a rerun with 16.4 million people voting...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: Needless to say, I strongly disagree with my hon. Friend. The people voted to leave the structure of the economic union, and they wanted to slam the door closed. They wanted a clean break. They were not thinking about our future relationship; they said, “We’ve had enough of the existing relationship.”

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. They made that decision to leave, and they expected us to leave—they certainly expected us to be leaving in a lot less than three years. It has been suggested that if we go back and rerun the referendum, people will change their mind because of the economic arguments and so on. The reality is very different. We should recognise, as I recall the Attorney...

Points of Order (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Thank you for taking this point of order at this stage in our proceedings. My concern is the accountability of Network Rail to Parliament. You may recall that twice in the last month I have raised the issue of the closure of Suggitts Lane level crossing in my constituency. Yesterday, Network Rail moved in and put up security barriers to close that crossing,...

Further Education Funding — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (2 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) on his efforts to secure this debate. We all know that Governments over the past 10 years or so have had to make some difficult financial decisions, but the FE sector has perhaps suffered more than others, and certainly more than is desirable. In places such...

Further Education Funding — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (2 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Colleges have given young people in the Cleethorpes area the opportunity to gain vision and ambition, and have helped to retain those young people in the local area once they have qualified, which is particularly important. In the short time I have, I will mention some of the other points that the principals at my two colleges have drawn to my attention....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Persecution of Christians Overseas (2 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: What steps his Department is taking to help tackle the persecution of Christians overseas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Persecution of Christians Overseas (2 Apr 2019)

Martin Vickers: The Secretary of State will no doubt be aware of an Open Doors report which predicts a 14% increase in the persecution of Christians this year. It also says that North Korea is the most dangerous place in which to practise Christianity, where it is seen as a threat to the Communist regime. What work are the Government doing with such non-democratic countries to try to ease the persecution of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Mar 2019)

Martin Vickers: I hope that the American ambassador is enjoying his visit here today as much as he enjoyed his visit to north-east Lincolnshire last Friday, when I was able to join him at Young’s Seafood in Grimsby, where we enjoyed some of the finest seafood possible. Does the Prime Minister agree that Brexit increases the opportunity to build on our existing trading relationship with the United States?

European Council (25 Mar 2019)

Martin Vickers: I share the Prime Minister’s scepticism about the indicative votes procedure. Indeed, I would go further and say it is a complete waste of time. I am sure some who propose it are genuine in their desire to find a way through but, in actual fact, I think the majority want to thwart the result of the referendum. I was out in my constituency over the weekend and, as the Prime Minister knows,...

Business of the House (21 Mar 2019)

Martin Vickers: Almost every week in the Chamber, we hear Members raising issues to do with bank closures in their constituencies. Over the past two months, Santander and now Barclays have announced that they are leaving Cleethorpes. People need financial advice as well as access to banking services. Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate in which we can explore ways to create financial hubs in...

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