Liz Twist

Opposition Whip (Commons)

(since February 2020)
Liz Twist Portrait


Member for Blaydon
Select Committees
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (since January 2020)
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) (since January 2020)
European Statutory Instruments (since February 2020)
Procedure Committee (since March 2020)
European Statutory Instruments Committee (since February 2020)
Scottish Affairs Committee (since May 2020)

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Commons debate information

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Significant Blaydon Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
Petition Closed

Don't put our NHS up for negotiation

Gov Responded - 17 Jun 2019 Debated on - 22 Jul 2019 View Liz Twist's petition debate contributions
1 Sep 2019
closed 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Please introduce concrete safeguards that will make sure our NHS is kept out of any future trade deals after Brexit.

Petition Closed

Make 'netting' hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting a criminal offence.

Gov Responded - 4 Nov 2019 Debated on - 13 May 2019 View Liz Twist's petition debate contributions
18 Sep 2019
closed 10 months ago

Developers, and other interested parties are circumventing laws protecting birds by 'netting' hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting.

This facilitates the uprooting of hedgerows which aid biodiversity and provide the only remaining nesting sites for birds, whose numbers are in sharp decline.

Petition Closed

Increase funding for schools

Gov Responded - 5 Feb 2019 Debated on - 4 Mar 2019 View Liz Twist's petition debate contributions
19 May 2019
closed 1 year, 1 month ago

Schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding as their income has not kept pace with the rise in costs since 2010. All schools are working very hard to “make ends meet” but this is becoming increasingly difficult and verging on almost impossible.

Petition Closed

If there is no agreement to leave the EU then brexit must be stopped

Gov Responded - 1 Oct 2018 Debated on - 19 Nov 2018 View Liz Twist's petition debate contributions
18 Nov 2018
closed 1 year, 7 months ago

If there is no agreement by the deadline for reaching agreement with the EU during the talks then brexit should be stopped as leaving with no deal will be very bad for businesses and for the Irish border issue and for EU citizens living here.

Petition Closed

Parliament's vote on the Brexit deal must include an option to remain in the EU.

Gov Responded - 19 Dec 2017 Debated on - 11 Jun 2018 View Liz Twist's petition debate contributions
17 May 2018
closed 2 years, 1 month ago

A lesser of two evils choice between a bad deal and no deal is not acceptable. Our country deserves better than Hobson's choice, and our MPs should be allowed to vote with their conscience to deliver what they believe is best for the country.

Petition Closed

Make British Sign Language part of the National Curriculum

Gov Responded - 17 Oct 2017 Debated on - 5 Mar 2018 View Liz Twist's petition debate contributions
12 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

Around 50,000 people in the UK use British Sign Language, so why is this not taught in schools? There are many children who are born deaf, and we need to give them a better chance at a more integrated future. This is why BSL needs to be taught in schools.

Petition Closed

Make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950’s women

Gov Responded - 27 Sep 2017 Debated on - 14 Dec 2017 View Liz Twist's petition debate contributions
13 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

That this Government without delay recognises the need for a non-means tested bridging pension for women born on or after 6/4/1950 who are affected by the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts and compensate those at risk of losing up to around £45,000, to also give proper notification for any future changes.

Petition Closed

Pay Up Now! – Scrap the pay cap and give public servants a meaningful pay rise

Gov Responded - 9 Oct 2017 Debated on - 4 Dec 2017 View Liz Twist's petition debate contributions
12 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

Every single person who works in public services needs and deserve a pay rise. It’s time for the pay cap to be scrapped, for the government to provide additional funding for public sector pay and for employers to put public sector workers pay up now.

Most recent EDMs signed by Liz Twist

Date Tabled Title Signatures
17 Jun 2020
Liz Twist signed this EDM as a sponsor on Wednesday 17th June 2020

Cessation of Production and Redundancies at De La Rue Gateshead

Tabled by: Liz Twist (Labour - Blaydon)
That this House deplores De La Rue’s proposal to cease banknote production at their facility in Gateshead; regrets the Government's award of the passport printing contract to an overseas company; is concerned about putting 255 highly-skilled workers at risk of redundancy in addition to 170 posts made redundant in 2019; …
15 signatures
(Most recent: 6 Jul 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 14
Scottish National Party: 1
12 Feb 2019
Liz Twist signed this EDM on Monday 1st April 2019


Tabled by: Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)
That this House welcomes the assurances from Government that animal welfare standards will be maintained or improved in the event of the UK leaving the European Union and that animal sentience will be recognised in UK law; urges the Government to table the Animals Welfare (Sentience) Bill without further delay; …
106 signatures
(Most recent: 14 May 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 55
Scottish National Party: 24
Liberal Democrat: 11
Independent: 6
Conservative: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

1 Urgent Question tabled by Liz Twist

Date Forum Title
26 Mar 2018 Commons Chamber UK Passport Contract

3 Adjournment Debates led by Liz Twist

Date Forum Title
25 Jun 2020 Commons Chamber De La Rue: Gateshead
1 Apr 2019 Commons Chamber Blaydon Quarry Landfill Site
6 Jun 2018 Commons Chamber Transport Safety: Blind and Visually Impaired People

Liz Twist has not introduced any legislation in the current parliamentary sitting