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Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: No, I want to make some progress. I am surprised that the Opposition are complaining about the amount of time they have had to debate issues that are important to them. Since the election, we have had six days of debate on the Queen’s Speech, which many Opposition Members took part in. They had an opportunity to have their say in those debates. We have also had numerous urgent questions...

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: It is the issue of Brexit: the laws that will come through and the intricacies of what will happen when we leave the European Union. Really, I think the Opposition should get over themselves a bit. As many of my hon. Friends have pointed out, 20 Opposition day debates have been put aside, which will give Labour 17 to take part in. I look forward to joining in those debates when they...

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention—

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I will.

Bill Presented: Scheduling of Parliamentary Business (17 Jul 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, but I would like to go back to the hon. Member for North Durham’s point. I am fully aware of what this debate is about. That is exactly why I wanted to highlight the poor performance of the Opposition in the debates on the Children and Social Work Bill. We had three debates on a subject that I and many of my constituents—including the young,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (30 Oct 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: The proposed revised housing formula will add a further 8,000 homes to the current target of 30,000, which is unsustainable and undeliverable without large investment in infrastructure. Will my hon. Friend agree to meet me and Medway colleagues to consider the disproportionate burden on the Medway towns?

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: This debate is very important for our armed forces, and I am pleased to follow some wonderful speeches, particularly those of my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois), who is no longer in his place, and my hon. Friend the Member for Tonbridge and Malling (Tom Tugendhat). I am also extremely proud because, since being elected to the House, one of my members of...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to say that we need to do more to encourage organisations to support their workforces to volunteer as reservists. As a Member of Parliament, I am here in this House making decisions that have an impact on our military services, and it is therefore only right that I should afford the flexibility to someone working for me to follow something that they want to...

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in this debate on a subject that is vital to many in our communities and one that is close to my heart. It should almost go without saying that those working in social care deserve huge respect and thanks for their outstanding work on a daily basis. My role as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on social work presents a real...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: It is really good that my hon. Friend has highlighted the role of PCSOs. In January, we will increase the number of PCSOs who police our communities in Kent, because we recognise that they play a key role in the transition from meeting people with mental health issues on the streets to being able to direct them to the right care at local level, rather than getting police officers directly...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: There has been increased police use of body-worn cameras in Kent and it has been going quite well. Will my hon. Friend give me slightly more information about what has been happening in Dudley South?

Representation of the People (Young People’S Enfranchisement and Education) Bill (3 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way. I do not know if he is making a leadership speech, but I would like to ask him for clarification. He said he would not take interventions from Conservative Members because we had had our time. It was not our fault that nobody from the Labour Benches decided to speak in the previous debate. Will he clarify that point for me?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Foster Carers (6 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I pay tribute to foster carers for the amazing work they do for our looked-after children nationally. In my experience, foster placements can be challenging for the carers, depending on the needs of the children. Will the Minister outline what extra training can be provided to improve the quality of placements and of decision making?

Paradise Papers (6 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the Opposition are being disingenuous? They had 13 years and did nothing. They voted against measures to close loops, confirming that only this Government will act to tackle avoidance.

Property Management Company Fees — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (7 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I beg to move, That this House has considered property management company fees. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this debate on an issue that has affected a number of my constituents in Rochester and Strood and that has no doubt affected thousands more across the country. Over recent years, we have seen a model being...

Property Management Company Fees — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (7 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I agree with the hon. Lady. I will come to some more examples from my constituency where charges are not transparent, but this debate is about leaseholders and freeholders in particular, as opposed to people who are renting their properties. That is what I am talking about today. To give another example, one of my constituents reported that in the past financial year, their estimated service...

Property Management Company Fees — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (7 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention. I completely agree. When I speak to my constituents, they say they want to be clear about the costs when buying a house or a lease on a property. Some of the management charges that are levied bring people into difficult situations. My hon. Friend is absolutely right: people would much rather have that up-front cost than the threat of the charges...

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: I very much welcome the update that my right hon. Friend has given the House. As we leave the EU, the talented people and their businesses will drive our economy forward, whatever the outcome of the deal, because that is what we do in British business. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is now time for the EU to move on with trade discussions and that British businesses that operate...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Kelly Tolhurst: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak. It was a privilege to hear my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (David Duguid) deliver his maiden speech. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) on securing this debate. It was very interesting to hear what he said about his constituents. The House has debated universal credit extensively in recent...


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