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Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Tom Brake: ...s spin operation over the weekend, when she said that she would press her deal to a vote. She marched all her second lieutenants up the hill but then left them stranded under fire while she slipped back down the hill under the cover of darkness. I am pleased that the deputy Prime Minister is in his place. He has talked about the Prime Minister’s Stakhanovite work ethic, but people who...

Backbench Business: State Pension: Women born in the 1950s — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 Nov 2018)

Mhairi Black: Forgive me. I am just explaining things as they are in front of me. Of course, I will take that back now.

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Child Maintenance (6 Nov 2018)

Marion Fellows: ...one of their parents will not meet the obligation to provide for them? The maintenance levy is not a tax on parents; it is a tax on children. It takes food from their table, clothes from their back, and money from their pockets that would allow them to enjoy the upbringing that every child should have. The UK Government said in answer to a written question that the maintenance levy exists...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (1 Nov 2018)

Mhairi Black: The Tories have a habit of announcing policies that are backed by arguments that, in a sentence, quite often can sound reasonable. However, the minute we scratch beneath the surface we see that every policy is soaked in ideology and backed by mistruths that are unrecognisable in the real world. I want to give a few examples. We have had umpteen debates in this House explaining in great detail...

Backbench Business: Defined-benefit Pension Schemes (10 Jul 2018)

Guy Opperman: ...employers must explain how they have taken account of their pensions in relevant corporate transactions. On corporations and dividends, which the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South (Mhairi Black) raised, she will be aware that although we are not against a healthy company paying out dividends, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is undertaking a...

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

Dominic Raab: ...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 (Adam...

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: ...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 discussion ended with a unanimous...

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

Drew Hendry: ...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 skills. It...

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

Angela Crawley: ...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 exactly proves the point. I should say that she did...

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

Monica Lennon: ...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 will see some real change. Just last night, a well-known woman in politics, Mhairi...

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: ...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 Children 1st, Barnardo’s and other...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Mhairi Black: ...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 current Governments is to fix the mistakes made by...

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: ...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 hon. Friend the Member for...

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 what...


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