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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...

State Pension Age: Women (30 Nov 2016)

Mhairi Black: ...of having a hate campaign; you listen to them and you form your views. We have debated this issue five times, I believe, so this is the fifth time I am speaking on it. It is important to reflect back on how we ended up in this position. Nearly a year ago today, I stood pretty much on this spot and argued for the WASPI campaign. I argued that this problem was happening and explained how it...

Backbench Business (17 Nov 2016)

Mhairi Black: ...in Glasgow, with no money or means of travel. The worst thing about the closure is how little sense it makes. The plan was to move this first-class post office into the wholly inadequate WHSmith—right to the back. There is no clear route from the shop’s front door to the back, which immediately restricts people with mobility problems. It is now situated on a hill, which may not...

Backbench Business: State Pension Age: Women — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (15 Nov 2016)

Richard Harrington: ...cannot take any more interventions, simply because of the time. It is not in my nature, because I like interventions, but I really cannot. The hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black) and others mentioned a notional national insurance surplus fund. The fact is that, in order to maintain the minimum work balance of the national insurance fund, a Treasury grant of...

Scottish Parliament: Single Market and Trade (European Union Referendum) (15 Nov 2016)

Murdo Fraser: I am simply putting into context the debate on the single market. It is just a few days since we heard SNP MP Mhairi Black say that she voted remain only while holding her nose. The other SNP voices that we have heard—those of Gordon Wilson, Jim Sillars and Brian Souter—are all entirely happy that we are heading for Brexit. We know that one in three SNP voters backed leave. Before...

Concentrix (26 Oct 2016)

Peter Dowd: I am glad to follow the hon. Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan). We have heard many interventions and speeches. The hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black) talked about a fishing expedition on the part of Concentrix. She enlightened us about the real Casanova of Scotland, R. S. McColl—I thank her for that—but more importantly, the cataclysmic effect of...

Terrorist Attack: Nice: UK's Nuclear Deterrent (18 Jul 2016)

Mhairi Black: ...we would ever use this weapon would be if somebody launched a nuclear strike against us. To be frank, that would mean that we were all dead anyway. If I am dying, I do not care if we send a weapon back; I am more worried about the one that is coming towards me. We keep hearing the phrase, “We can’t predict the future”, but if we are going to make defence policy, surely...

Pensions Uprating (Uk Pensioners Living Overseas) (11 May 2016)

Mhairi Black: ...point, which is in fact one reason why I find this debate incredibly bizarre. He said that the Government claim to have received legal advice that raises fears that people will be able to claim for back payments. But legal advice received by the International Consortium of British Pensioners from Blackstone Chambers contradicts that. The Minister said that many pensioners overseas whose...

National Living Wage (18 Apr 2016)

Holly Lynch: ...doubt made all of us in the Chamber feel like underachievers, but although that is far from being the norm, there is nothing new about young politicians and, dare I say it, the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black) is doing a pretty outstanding job as the baby of the House at the age of 21. I accept that those embarking on a new role often require training and...

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day] — Transitional State Pension Arrangements for Women (24 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: ..., but the situation they now find themselves in is far from perfect. I have only been an MP since May, but, as several Members have mentioned, including the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black), this feels a bit like groundhog day. This is the third time I have raised the matter, and at other times I could not even get into Westminster Hall because it was standing...

Scottish Parliament: New Global Goals (4 Feb 2016)

Mary Scanlon: ...on millennium development goals 4 and 5 on international midwives day in 2009, which called for more to be done to tackle infant mortality and poor maternal health in Scotland and overseas. Looking back, I remember that I also spoke on millennium development goals in a members’ business debate by Labour’s Des McNulty back in 2005. As Iain Gray said, the millennium development...

[Graham Stringer in the Chair] — Transitional State Pension Arrangements for Women (1 Feb 2016)

Maria Miller: ..., particularly the notification of those who have been affected by this change, which I will focus on in the remaining few minutes that I have. The hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black) is absolutely right when she says that there appears to have been a great deal of communication —no doubt, extremely expensive communication—over a great many years but...


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