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Cop26: Limiting Global Temperature Rise (14 Jul 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: Keeping the 1.5°C limit alive is now, quite rightly, one of the Government’s stated aims of COP26. Although we do not doubt the COP President’s personal commitment to delivering on that objective, the Government as a whole are patently still not doing enough. If we are to markedly increase the global ambition for 2030 targets, forge a coalition with vulnerable nations to hold the major...

Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Jul 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: To their bitter disappointment, and despite the assurances given during the passage of the Fire Safety Act 2021 that it would do so, the Building Safety Bill, published on Monday, does little to help the hundreds of thousands of leaseholders who right now face financial ruin as a result of the building safety crisis. My question to the Prime Minister is a simple one: why are his Government...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Net Zero Strategy: Publication (6 Jul 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: The 2021 progress report published by the Climate Change Committee last month stated: “A pattern has emerged of Government strategies that are later than planned and, when they do emerge, short of the required policy ambition.” Despite the committee’s characteristic politeness, that is a damning critique from the Government’s own climate advisers. I take it from the Minister’s...

Transport: Suburban Rail Services: London (24 Jun 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: What recent progress he has made on plans for the devolution of suburban rail services in London.

Transport: Suburban Rail Services: London (24 Jun 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: I thank the Minister for that answer. He knows that I am firmly of the view that the transfer of Southeastern services to TfL is the best long-term means of guaranteeing passengers in my constituency the fast, frequent and high-quality metro-style rail services that they desire. As we emerge from the coronavirus crisis, what plans does his Department have to pick up and take forward the...

G7 and NATO Summits (16 Jun 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: At the G7, the Prime Minister and other leaders reasserted their intention to honour the 2009 promise of $100 billion in climate finance annually to support developing nations, but sufficient concrete financial commitments to make up the shortfall did not materialise. Does he agree that the commitment must be met by the UN General Assembly in September at the very latest, if we are not to...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (14 Jun 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: As a result of delays in processing applications to the building safety fund, increasing numbers of eligible developments in my constituency are finding themselves subject to soaring building insurance renewal costs. Will the Government finally accept that they need to step in and resolve this problem with the industry as a matter of urgency?

Cop26: Policy Objectives (9 Jun 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: As the President of COP26 knows, the International Energy Agency latest world energy outlook makes it clear that a net zero pathway for global energy requires that there be no new fossil fuel supply beyond projects already committed to as of this year. That means not just coal, but oil and gas. The report reinforces the obvious need to secure agreement on a global framework for a managed and...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Steel Industry (25 May 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: The crisis at Liberty Steel is yet further evidence of the need to break the cycle of crisis management that has defined the approach of successive Governments to this critical sector. The Secretary of State knows full well that there is a global race under way to green the steel industry and that our country is currently at the back of the pack, with no concrete plans for trialling...

Fire Safety Bill: After Clause 2 - Prohibition on passing remediation costs on to leaseholders and tenants pending operation of a statutory scheme (27 Apr 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to speak so early in this important debate. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stevenage (Stephen McPartland). I thank their lordships for the tenacity and perseverance they have shown over many months in standing up for all the blameless leaseholders affected by the cladding crisis, including the many thousands who live in one of the...

Fire Safety Bill: After Clause 2 - Prohibition on passing remediation costs on to leaseholders and tenants pending operation of a statutory scheme (27 Apr 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: I thank my right hon. Friend for that intervention. I have seen the site in question, and it brings home—I know he shares my feelings, as his constituency is so close to mine—the fact that certain parts of the country with high numbers of new build properties, including constituencies such as ours, are particularly badly affected. I have tens of thousands of constituents affected. As...

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (20 Apr 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: In the light of the job statistics released this morning indicating that young people and London have been particularly hard hit over the past 12 months, the issue of ethnic minority employment and pay prospects is pressing for many of my constituents. The report paints a largely positive story of an overall convergence between minorities and the white majority when it comes to employment and...

Cop26: Tackling Climate Change: International Ambition (14 Apr 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: In a letter to all UNFCCC—United Nations framework convention on climate change—parties this week, the COP President rightly argued that we must halve global emissions by 2030 if we are to keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5° within reach, yet he will know that recent UN analysis makes it clear that current national pledges will reduce emissions by just 1% by the end of this...

Cop26 (10 Mar 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to respond to this debate on behalf of the Opposition. Given the importance of the subject, I hope it is the first of many over the next eight months. I start by commending my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol North West (Darren Jones), as well as the right hon. Member for Ludlow (Philip Dunne) and the hon. Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Bim Afolami) for securing the...

Cop26 (10 Mar 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Gentleman is correct that we will need coking coal for UK steel for some years to come, but I am sure he will know that UK steel must go net zero by 2035 and less than 15% of the coking coal produced, if that, will be used for UK steel. What he misses is that the cumulative emissions from the mine will have a material impact on UK emissions, on our net zero target and on our...

Cop26: Post Covid-19 Economic Recovery: Climate Action (24 Feb 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: Next week, the Government will co-host a summit of the Powering Past Coal Alliance to boost international co-operation on the phasing out of coal, yet at the same time, Ministers are refusing to intervene here at home to prevent the opening of a new deep coal mine in Cumbria. The president knows full well that the proposed mine is not purely a local matter, that it will not help to secure...

Unsafe Cladding: Protecting Tenants and Leaseholders (1 Feb 2021)

Matthew Pennycook: Strip away all the technical complexity, and the cladding crisis has always been about two fundamental issues: how can we identify and quickly make safe dangerous buildings; and who is going to pay for them? Both issues haunt those affected by this crisis, but in the long term it is the issue of liability that is in many ways the more terrifying, because leaseholders fear that it is they who...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Climate Action (15 Dec 2020)

Matthew Pennycook: According to Climate Action Tracker, the national net zero pledges that have been put forward today could, if achieved across the board, limit global heating to around 2.1°, but in terms of actual policies, the world remains on course for catastrophic warming of over 3°. Given the gulf between what Governments, including this Government, have promised on climate action and what they are on...

Treasury: Net Zero Carbon Economy (1 Dec 2020)

Matthew Pennycook: What fiscal steps he is taking to help achieve a net zero carbon economy.

Treasury: Net Zero Carbon Economy (1 Dec 2020)

Matthew Pennycook: A robust carbon price is essential to achieving a net zero carbon economy, yet despite the transition period ending in just 30 days’ time, companies still have no precise idea what will replace the EU emissions trading system, which the UK will cease to participate in at that point. The House has already passed the legislation required to establish a stand-alone UK ETS, but there is no sign...

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