Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire ( 6 May 2010 – current)
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John Bercow: ...today, so I hope that there will be a trickle of such Members, and maybe more. Maria Eagle, Garston and Halewood Right honourable David Michael Davis, Haltemprice and Howden David Wright, Telford Andrew John Turner, Isle of Wight Right honourable Douglas Garven Alexander, Paisley and Renfrewshire South Sir Robert Hill Smith, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine John Webster Robertson, Glasgow...
Andrew Bridgen: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for giving me this opportunity to give my maiden speech. In this debate we have heard many fine maiden speeches, all of which were well crafted and delivered. In particular, I must compliment the hon. Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood) on her speech, and declare a vested interest: I am a graduate of one of her area's great universities, the...
Andrew Bridgen: I wish to assure the shadow Chancellor that Conservative Members appreciate that the previous Government had to borrow money during the recession. What baffles us is why they borrowed money during the boom.
Andrew Bridgen: I assure the hon. Gentleman that Conservative Members would have liked to enjoy Labour's economic inheritance in 1997.
Andrew Bridgen: Did the right hon. Gentleman really believe that the previous Government had ended boom and bust, and is that why he put no money away for the rainy day that has now arrived?
Andrew Bridgen: I want to start by adding my congratulations to my hon. Friends the Members for Dudley South (Chris Kelly) and for Wolverhampton South West (Paul Uppal) on their excellent maiden speeches. I am sure the rest of the House will join me in hoping that they will speak again in this Chamber in the very near future. Today's debate is very important. As Members will know, local government financing...
Presentation and First Reading ( Standing Order No. 57) Andrew Bridgen, supported by Heather Wheeler, Nigel Mills, Paul Murphy, Nigel Adams and Mark Pritchard, presented a Bill to require planning authorities to impose a minimum distance between opencast mining developments and residential properties; and for connected purposes. Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday...
Andrew Bridgen: Can the Deputy Prime Minister confirm whether the new, reconstituted constituencies will cross current regional boundaries?
Andrew Bridgen: Will my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary please inform the House of the next option for Her Majesty's Government when sanctions against Iran fail?
Andrew Bridgen: I hate to bring the hon. Lady back to reality, but the previous Government halved the amount of manufacturing in our economy, from 22% to 11%. Under them, we built the least number of houses since 1922 in order to support the construction industry, and history will view many of their so-called investments rather harshly and, perhaps, as the biggest Ponzi scheme ever, because they did not...
Andrew Bridgen: Could we not do more to promote local group buying schemes to balance the uncompetitive market and get better pricing?
Andrew Bridgen: Does the hon. Gentleman not appreciate that there is no money for the private sector from the banks because of the legacy of the last Labour Government? The Government are borrowing £3 billion a week-there is no money left for the private sector.
Andrew Bridgen: Does the hon. Gentleman consider it fair that every child in this country is born with approximately £24,000-worth of debt around their neck as a result of the polices of the previous Government?
Andrew Bridgen: Does the hon. Lady think it is fair that in her constituency in Leicester, education is valued at £600 a year more per pupil than in my constituency, despite the fact that I have areas of severe deprivation in mine? Surely she will welcome the pupil premium, as it will rectify the problem.
Andrew Bridgen: The shadow Minister seems to be making a strong argument for reintroducing special schools, which is the opposite of the policy of the previous Government.
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations his Department has received from the British Amusement Catering Trade Association on (a) the proportion of category B3 arcade machines in amusement arcades and (b) the stake on category B3 machines; and if he will make a statement.
That Heidi Alexander, Mr David Anderson, Andrew Bridgen, Jack Dromey, Lilian Greenwood, Ben Gummer, John Hemming, Gordon Henderson, Andrew Jones, Ian Lavery, Brandon Lewis, Andrew Percy, Mr Robert Syms and Valerie Vaz be members of the Regulatory Reform Committee .-(Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)
Andrew Bridgen: Is my hon. Friend aware that we, too, have an application for an incinerator in my constituency and that many such incinerators are to be funded through the private finance initiative project? Does he agree that it is tremendously dangerous to fund technology projects with PFI on a potential 25-year payback given that the technology could be out of date within five or 10 years?
Andrew Bridgen: I add my compliments for the three fine maiden speeches that we have heard today from my hon. Friend the Member for Witham (Priti Patel) and the hon. Members for Hyndburn (Graham Jones) and for Livingston (Graeme Morrice). I am sure that they will make excellent representatives for their constituencies. Before we break for the recess, it is important for the House to have an opportunity to...
Andrew Bridgen: Does the hon. Gentleman believe that it is fair or affordable in the current economic situation for anyone to be given six years' pay as redundancy pay?