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Election of Speaker (4 Nov 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: Mr Speaker-Elect, may I join others in offering my congratulations to you on winning the election, and thank the Father of the House for conducting the election in the way in which he did? Congratulations and commiserations to the other candidates who did not succeed in getting elected, but who nevertheless made sure that we had a good campaign and serious debate all across the House; that...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: May I start by thanking the Prime Minister for the serious way in which he has approached this matter and for his speech today on the findings of Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s first report? I also thank you, Mr Speaker, for ensuring that we had a minute’s silence at the start of the debate for those who lost their lives on that terrible, terrible night. I start by paying tribute to the...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: Yes, it is a tragedy at Grenfell and a tragedy in that part of London, but obviously it is a potential tragedy anywhere where there is dangerous cladding on blocks of flats. My hon. Friend, who is our shadow Fire Minister, specifically asked that question about funding. Perhaps the Prime Minister or whoever responds for the Government would care to answer that point. I have been on a number...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: I absolutely do, and I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. I have never forgotten meeting so many different groups and charities that day, who were already doing their best to meet in the church. Community organisations, the citizens advice bureau, North Kensington Law Centre and so many more were all doing their very best. There were also collections in the local community to try to...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: Those were memorable occasions. There was courage and determination in support of the families and those who were bereaved, but there was also a strong determination to make sure that Grenfell never happens again anywhere else. I think that the Grenfell survivors are the heroes of all this. When people go through a tragedy, the natural human instinct is to put it behind them, move away and do...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, and I am going to come on to more details about that a bit later in my speech, but she is right about it. She and I represent constituencies that include people living in high-rise blocks, and we know the stress and pain they go through. She is absolutely right on everything she said in that intervention.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. He knows, as a former firefighter, not only the stress and strain firefighters go through, but the way in which, because we now live in an age of such instant media, people half-read half a bit of a report of a bit of the report and decide that that is the conclusion of all things. This is the first of two major reports and we should be cautious...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank my right hon. Friend for that intervention. He lost a dearly loved friend in that fire and he has done great work in supporting the Grenfell community, and I thank him for that. I ask the Government also to listen carefully to the remarks he has just made. Remembering people who lost their lives in a wholly preventable fire has to be met with a political response, which is what we are...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. Like other colleagues who have intervened, she represents a constituency in which many residents live in tower blocks. I do not suppose too many Members of Parliament live in high-rise, council-owned tower blocks, but we should all understand the stress and strain that people go through with worry about what would happen in a fire. The...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention and he is absolutely right; this is a huge gap in the Government’s response. The retrofitting of sprinklers will help to control and possibly stop the spread of a fire. It will not stop every fire, but it will save lives, which is why it is so important that that issue be addressed properly. The Prime Minister must now act urgently on the...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: My hon. Friend is so right: it is a question of urgent action. That means recognising that local authorities are underfunded and very stressed and strained by the situation. Local authorities know full well that unless they get the money refunded from the Government—that has not always happened—other services are affected because of their trying to bring about safety for their community....

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. The past nine years of austerity have seen cuts degrade our fire and rescue services. The reality and the truth is that we have fewer firefighters, fewer fire appliances and, as a result, slower response times. I am not being critical of individual firefighters or their collective response to try to deal with Grenfell. The reality is that if we cut...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: I give way first to my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts).

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: As Chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, my hon. Friend has done excellent work in highlighting all these issues, for which I thank him. That is Parliament at its best, examining what has happened. I give way now to my hon. Friend the Member for Ipswich (Sandy Martin).

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: That is a first, Mr Speaker: someone rises to intervene but does not actually do it. I thank my hon. Friend; he represents a community with mixed housing so also has to deal with these issues. There are serious questions to be asked about what the Government have done, about what has been happening with the funding of the London fire service and, of course, about the performance of the Royal...

Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: Mr Speaker, I hope you will indulge me one moment while a say a word about you—I am sure you will. I want to thank you for the way you have used your speakership over your decade-long tenure. You have done so much to reform this House of Commons, and our democracy is stronger for the way you have done it. You have served for 10 years. You have given real power to Back Benchers, vastly...

Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: We all welcome the fact that Orkambi will now be able to be provided in this country under the NHS, and we thank those who campaigned for it. The shame is that we are not told what the deal is with the company concerned. As for the fabled 40 hospitals, that figure dropped to 20 and then finally dropped to six. We learned this week that Government officials have met US pharmaceutical companies...

Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: Not for the first time, the Prime Minister is talking nonsense. Of course we need to import medicines from various places; I just want it to be done in an open and transparent way. I do not want secret talks between Government officials, on behalf of Ministers, and big pharma corporations in the USA. Last year, 34,000 cancer patients waited more than two months for treatment. Although early...

Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: If he could just be patient for 30 seconds. The Prime Minister claims that the NHS is safe in his hands; why, then, has NHS privatisation doubled under this Government, with nearly £10 billion being spent on private companies in our NHS?

Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Oct 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: What we do not want is private companies like Virgin Care suing our NHS for contracts that they did not get. Our NHS should be focused on making people better, not making the wealthy few richer. National health service A&E departments have just had their worst September on record. This morning, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine said that this winter the NHS needs more than 4,000 extra...


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