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Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Dominic Raab: ...for Crewe and Nantwich (Laura Smith) and my hon. Friend the Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan). The Government are committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and to eliminating it by 2027. We are backing that ambition with £1 billion of funding and with the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, which has just come into force. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Gravesham...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords]: Unsolicited direct marketing: other consumer financial products etc (24 Apr 2018)

Neil Gray: I rise to speak to amendments 39 and 40, which are in my name. I want to say at the outset that while Scottish National party Members have felt the need to bring back some elements from Committee, we do on the whole welcome and support the Bill. We just want to see some improvements, which we hope will help to protect consumers and those accessing financial products. It is a shame that on the...

Scottish Parliament: Safe Injection Facilities (19 Apr 2018)

Aileen Campbell: .... Again, the figure is unacceptable and the situation demands action. I was encouraged by Glasgow City Council’s recent discussion on the issue. The discussion was initiated by Scottish National Party councillor Mhairi Hunter, but agreement was sought from members of all political parties on the need for a safer drug consumption facility to be introduced in Glasgow, and the...

Backbench Business: GKN: Proposed Takeover by Melrose — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (15 Mar 2018)

Drew Hendry: ...(Rachel Maclean) rightly raised concerns about possible local jobs losses due to the takeover; she indicated that it is very important that pensions protections should be put forward, and I will come back to that subject later in my speech. It is certainly worth underlining the need to invest in young people and in the future by investing in science, technology, engineering and maths...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Angela Crawley: ..., such as Annie Lennox, Vivienne Westwood and M.I.A. The list covers prominent female politicians, including of course my own First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and my colleague and friend, my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black). I might add that my hon. Friend made a brilliant speech yesterday on misogyny, only to be met by further online abuse, which...

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Monica Lennon: ...unsafe—I do not want that for any woman in any part of Scotland or indeed beyond. The spirit of Labour’s amendment is to highlight the theme of this year’s international women’s day, which is to press for progress. To me, it feels like this year, on the back of the momentum from the me too campaign and the time’s up movement, maybe people will wake up and we...

Misogyny as a Hate Crime — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (7 Mar 2018)

Mhairi Black: ...if my speech appears a little self-indulgent. To me, there are two main strands to this issue: the structural side and the cultural side. Let me deal first with the structural side, which brings me back to my first tutorial at university, when we were asked why women were still unequal. I said that the problem begins with how and when our society created the structures that we still use...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU (7 Mar 2018)

Mhairi Black: We have seen the Secretary of State go back on his words about the single market and have his authority undermined by not being invited to the PM’s Brexit meeting, and we are still waiting for his amendments to the withdrawal Bill. Given that the deadline is next Thursday, will this be just another catalogue of failures for the Secretary of State?

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill (1 Feb 2018)

Michael Matheson: ...in how our criminal law in Scotland now operates. I pay tribute to Marsha Scott and Louise Johnson at Scottish Women’s Aid for their assistance and expertise in developing this new offence. I pay tribute also to people like Mhairi McGowan, who has tirelessly led the ASSIST service for many years to provide advocacy for those who have been affected by domestic abuse. I pay tribute to...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: ...I agree with him. It was shoved in at the last minute. Then, all of a sudden, people said, “Wait a second: there is a 1995 Act. Oh my God, this has kicked off.” Instead of doing the sensible thing and saying, “Let us step back and see what we can do to soften the blow”, the Government decided to vamp ahead with it anyway. Can we deal with the fact that the job of...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

David Linden: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. I warmly commend the hon. Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan) on opening the debate. She spoke inspiringly about her experience and background. I had not planned to, but I want to talk about my own career path. I am proud to be a Cranhill boy who was elected to the House of Commons. I am pretty unusual, in so far as I did not go...

State Pension Age (21 Nov 2017)

Mhairi Black: ...not know—what Channel 4 is going to report the next day or whatever, that we have to grab the headlines and have to be seen to be doing something good. All that is doing is trying to stuff this big problem back into the closet, rather than taking it out and going, “Let’s have a serious look at this.” That is what I had hoped the Cridland review would do. My right...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Rosie Duffield: ...for their first payment. The Government may claim that their advance payment system stops people being affected by the six-week waits, but as the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black) said so eloquently, we must remember that advance payments are loans. Universal credit claimants will be expected to pay them back. Many people on universal credit already struggle...

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Mhairi Black: ...debate is an absolute disgrace and says a lot about the Government and their priorities. We are at the stage where these debates are almost scripted for me. I know exactly what is going to come back from the Government Benches and, like most people here, I know what I am going to say. We have heard the Government argue, “Well, the 1995 Act gave 15 years’ notice. That is exactly...

Business of the House (30 Mar 2017)

Valerie Vaz: .... Friend the Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden), my hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham South (Lilian Greenwood) and the youngest Member, the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black). We wish them a belated happy birthday. But PC Keith Palmer, who often stood around here and was a Charlton Athletic supporter, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran and Leslie...

Backbench Business (16 Mar 2017)

Martin Docherty: ...may exacerbate health conditions. In certain parts of my consistency in the winter, it is not an easy journey, especially for people coming from the national park end. To suggest that those individuals can claim back any cost incurred through the longer journey misses the bigger point. They are already struggling financially, and the lack of awareness from the Government and specifically...

Government Services (Telecommunication Charges) (21 Feb 2017)

Chris Stephens: ...were unable to take a call within a reasonable period, such as five minutes, the caller should be given a regularly updated estimate of the likely waiting time, with the offer of an immediate call-back facility. That is an essential courtesy. MPs often encounter examples of unfairness and injustice when, through no fault of their own, people seem to be punished for finding themselves in...

Homelessness (14 Dec 2016)

Neil Gray: ...of limited social security powers to the Scottish Government is completed. The recent debate on the state of the social security system, particularly as it affects those unfit for work, provoked by Ken Loach’s film, “I, Daniel Blake”, casts our minds back to his earlier televised play, “Cathy Come Home”, which the Minister mentioned, and which, in a similar...

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill (2 Dec 2016)

Damian Hinds: This is an important debate today. I am very grateful to the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black) for bringing these matters to the Floor of the House for further discussion. I do have very comprehensive responses to the individual line items of the Bill, and it is important that they get an airing, but, because of the way that the debate has gone, there will not be...

Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill (2 Dec 2016)

Mhairi Black: ...system. There is a dramatic variation throughout the UK as to how many sanctions are applied and why they are applied. The fact that sanctions are being applied inconsistently across the board is backed up by this week’s National Audit Office report, which found that some Work programme providers make more than twice as many sanction referrals as others dealing with similar groups in...


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