Debates between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom

There have been 10 exchanges between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom

1 Thu 16th May 2019 Business of the House 3 interactions (204 words)
2 Thu 25th April 2019 Business of the House
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3 interactions (233 words)
3 Thu 11th April 2019 Business of the House
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3 interactions (176 words)
4 Thu 21st March 2019 Business of the House
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3 interactions (244 words)
5 Thu 14th February 2019 Business of the House
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3 interactions (217 words)
6 Thu 13th September 2018 Business of the House
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3 interactions (314 words)
7 Thu 6th September 2018 Business of the House
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3 interactions (235 words)
8 Thu 22nd March 2018 Business of the House
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3 interactions (180 words)
9 Thu 15th March 2018 Business of the House
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3 interactions (239 words)
10 Thu 12th October 2017 Business of the House
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3 interactions (345 words)

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 16th May 2019

(10 months, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 May 2019, 12:27 p.m.

The hon. Gentleman will appreciate that that organisation is designed to be independent; it looks at where demand is, and manages its infrastructure and the availability of its learning centres independently of Government. Nevertheless, I fully appreciate that a local closure is always disappointing. I encourage the hon. Gentleman to seek an Adjournment debate so that he can raise his particular concerns directly with Ministers.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 May 2019, 12:28 p.m.

My riparian constituents living on Clink Street and all along the Thames are very concerned about a new pier being constructed on the north side of the river, mostly to serve as a new 1,500-person party boat. Will the Government provide time to debate how to transform tick-box consultation exercises for planning purposes into more meaningful engagement to ensure that everyone affected by developments has the right to have their concerns both heard and addressed?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 May 2019, 12:28 p.m.

I can well understand the concerns of the hon. Gentleman’s constituents who would be adversely affected by such a development. He will be aware that there are strict planning rules that enable all those affected to have their say. Nevertheless, if he has particular concerns about how that works, he might want to seek an Adjournment debate so that he can discuss it directly.

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 25th April 2019

(11 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Apr 2019, 12:59 p.m.

The hon. Gentleman raises a very concerning issue. I must admit that I had understood that most ATMs in deprived areas were now required not to charge for services. I recommend that he raises his particular question at Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy questions on Tuesday 30 April directly with Ministers.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Apr 2019, 12:59 p.m.

The Trussell Trust army of volunteers were shamefully forced to provide 1.6 million packages of support last year, including for 600,000 children. Southwark saw an extra 1,000 people, a rise of 25%, including for many with persistent universal credit problems. When will the Government allow time to debate the grotesque reliance on food banks that Ministers have created since 2010?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Apr 2019, 12:59 p.m.

I just do not agree with the hon. Gentleman’s assessment. In fact, while it is absolutely unacceptable that people have to go hungry at any time, the Government’s policy has been to introduce universal credit as a means to help people. Some 2.4 million households will be better off as a result of changes we made at Budget. We always provide a strong safety net through the welfare system for those who need extra support. What is absolutely vital is that universal credit itself is a much simpler system that is enabling people, who previously were losing through the complexity of the many different facets of the old welfare system, to get the money they are entitled to. That is absolutely vital.

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 11th April 2019

(11 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Apr 2019, 12:11 p.m.

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question. Specifically with regard to Nigeria, we continue to call for an immediate de-escalation of violence, and for the Nigerian Government to demonstrate a clear strategy for resolving the conflict, ending the violence and ensuring that the needs of all affected communities are met. The United Kingdom promotes tolerance and acceptance of different faiths and beliefs within our own country, but it is also something that we want to see right around the world.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Apr 2019, 12:11 p.m.

I wonder whether the Government might provide time to debate the state of a political party whose primary policy is, by its own admission, to undamage our economy, which does not have a leader—just a caretaker manager; a party scared of the public, and even of standing in European elections, with its own MPs openly backing other parties, and which, according to its own accounts, receives more funding from dead people than from the living. But unlike those Tory donors, I will not hold my breath.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
11 Apr 2019, 12:11 p.m.

There is really no answer to that.

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 21st March 2019

(1 year ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Mar 2019, 12:07 p.m.

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising his constituency case again in the Chamber—he is absolutely right to do so—and I am sure that my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary will be looking into it. If he would like to write to me with more details, I can take it up directly on his behalf, or he could raise it directly with Ministers at Foreign Office questions on 2 April.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Mar 2019, 12:08 p.m.

Last night, the Prime Minister gave a deeply divisive and undignified speech trying to shirk her responsibility for prematurely triggering article 50 without a plan. In response, a petition to revoke article 50 has now been signed by more than 800,000 people, including 3,500 of my own constituents. When will the Government respect the intelligence of British people, admit we have the unilateral power to revoke article 50 to prevent further damage to our country and provide time to debate this crucial issue before 29 March?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
21 Mar 2019, 12:08 p.m.

It is the policy of the Government—and indeed of Parliament, which voted to trigger article 50 —to leave the European Union, in line with the result of the 2016 referendum. I say again to all hon. Members that I genuinely think that the Prime Minister’s proposal for the withdrawal agreement and future political declaration offers the compromise we want between leaving the EU in line with the democratic decision taken in 2016 and keeping a close and collaborative relationship with our EU friends and neighbours.

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 14th February 2019

(1 year, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
14 Feb 2019, 11:43 a.m.

I commend my hon. Friend for raising such an important matter on behalf of his constituents. It is vital to make drinking water more readily available if we are to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles. The water industry supports the Refill campaign, and Refill points will be installed in every major city and town in England, but Water UK is also exploring options for rural communities, and the Government continue to work closely with it. My hon. Friend might like to seek an Adjournment debate to raise the matter further and allow other Members to contribute.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
14 Feb 2019, 11:43 a.m.

More than 50,000 British-born children whose parents are legally in the UK are being denied any help under the Home Office’s pernicious “no recourse to public funds” rules. That is forcing councils to provide what are supposed to be emergency social services at very high cost. When will the Government provide time for a debate on this extension of the hostile environment, the damage that it does to communities such as mine, and the additional costs that councils suffer as a result?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
14 Feb 2019, 11:44 a.m.

The hon. Gentleman will be aware that Home Office questions will take place on Monday 25 February. If he has specific concerns about a particular issue, he will be able to raise them directly with Ministers then.

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 13th September 2018

(1 year, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
13 Sep 2018, 12:59 p.m.

I think that the hon. Gentleman would acknowledge that there was a democratic vote to leave the European Union, and I think he might also like to celebrate the fact that the economy is now 17% bigger than it was eight years ago, when this Government came in. The deficit has been cut by three quarters, income tax has been cut for 31 million people, and debt will fall as a percentage of GDP next year, which means that we can spend on public services rather than on debt repayments. This Government are getting our economy back on track at the same time as fulfilling the democratic will of the people. It is absolutely our intention to depart from the EU in a way that works for the United Kingdom and for our EU friends and neighbours.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
13 Sep 2018, 1 p.m.

Ministers claim that the hostile environment is being dismantled, but the Home Office is still charging British children of migrant parents £1,000 to prove their nationality, even though the admin fee is only £300. The Home Office also charges councils such Southwark, my own, hundreds of thousands of pounds, and it uses a premium rate helpline for councils seeking information that they are legally required to have before they are allowed under Home Office rules to provide services to destitute families. When will the Government provide time to debate how they continue to profiteer from the hostile environment?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
13 Sep 2018, 1:01 p.m.

The hon. Gentleman will be aware that fees for visas and immigration-related matters are there to fund the service—the administration. He is not right to suggest that that is profiteering. The fee is there to fund a public service. If he wants to raise his specific concerns around particular constituency issues, he might either like to seek an Adjournment debate or, if he wants to write to me, I can take it up with Home Office Ministers for him.

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 6th September 2018

(1 year, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
6 Sep 2018, 9:30 a.m.

I think that we have all received quite a number of requests for information about the pensions dashboard, and the hon. Gentleman is quite right to raise the issue. The Government remain committed to doing everything we can to improve transparency and financial advice to those seeking advice on their pension. I encourage the hon. Gentleman either to raise this matter at an Adjournment debate or to write to me so that I can take it up directly with Ministers on his behalf.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Hansard
6 Sep 2018, 9:30 a.m.

Nationally, nine in 10 crimes are sadly going unpunished, including murders in Southwark, where our police are really struggling, having lost 400 officers and police community support officers since 2010. Will the Government provide time to debate why the Home Office is ignoring the recommendation of its own advisers to provide an extra £100 million to the Metropolitan Police Service, which is equivalent to more than 4,000 additional officers desperately needed by communities across our capital?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
6 Sep 2018, 9:30 a.m.

As I said earlier, the Mayor of London is responsible for policing and priorities, and he has a £16.5 billion budget. I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman that the Mayor should be looking very seriously at his budget allocation to policing. The Government have enabled a further £460 million of funding for local policing through the council tax precept. That is how the Government are ensuring that police and crime commissioners can meet local needs.

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 22nd March 2018

(2 years ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Mar 2018, 11:22 a.m.

I hope the hon. Gentleman raised that at DCMS oral questions, which preceded this session. If he did not, perhaps he would like to take it up directly with Ministers, as it is not a question I can answer right here.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Mar 2018, 11:22 a.m.

On the anniversary of the Westminster attack and nine months after my constituency was attacked, the Government are today announcing plans to update terror insurance legislation. It is estimated that more than 4.8 million UK businesses are not currently covered by the Government-backed pool reinsurance system. Will Ministers allow time to discuss how to bring all UK employers into coverage and to offer hope to the 150 businesses at London Bridge and Borough market which collectively lost more than £2 million last year.

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
22 Mar 2018, 11:23 a.m.

The hon. Gentleman raises a very important point and he is right to say that the Government intend to bring forward measures to ensure that businesses can be covered. If he would like to write to me about his specific constituency issues, I can forward that letter to the relevant Department to answer his specific question.

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 15th March 2018

(2 years ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Mar 2018, 11:30 a.m.

I am sorry to hear that. I recall the hon. Gentleman raising that case with me, and I am happy to chase the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on his behalf.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Mar 2018, 11:31 a.m.

Two years ago, my constituent Malorie Bantala was attacked by her ex-partner and an accomplice. She was eight months pregnant, and they deliberately targeted her stomach, stamping on her until they caused the loss of the child. Malorie launched a campaign this Mothers’ Day, with the support of Women’s Aid and the Mother of the House, my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Camberwell and Peckham (Ms Harman), to get the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 updated. Will the Government provide time to debate this issue, to ensure that men who commit violence that causes the loss of a child are adequately prosecuted and given more appropriate, lengthier sentences?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Parliament Live - Hansard
15 Mar 2018, 11:31 a.m.

All hon. Members will be appalled to hear of that situation; it is just terrible, and I am very sorry to hear about it. The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the Government have produced a draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, and it would be very appropriate for him to submit this case to the consultation on the draft Bill, so that it can be considered along with all the other measures. Those measures show the Government’s determination to stamp out domestic violence, which is so often directed towards women and, I am afraid, towards pregnant women.

Business of the House
Debate between Neil Coyle and Andrea Leadsom
Thursday 12th October 2017

(2 years, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Hansard

The hon. Lady is right to raise the issue and we would all want to pay tribute to the amazing contribution made by our armed forces, often at a high price for them personally and individually. She will be pleased to know that on 9 October the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Foundation publicly announced their new partnership to try to reduce further the residual stigma of mental ill-health across the defence community. I know that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence is very concerned about this issue, and the hon. Lady may want to raise her concerns about that centre directly with him.

Neil Coyle Portrait Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (Lab) - Hansard

On 3 June, London Bridge and Borough Market in my constituency were attacked by terrorists, leaving eight dead and shutting the area down for 10 days at a cost of £1.4 million to local businesses. The Borough Market Trust has done a huge amount to raise public and business-to-business support; the council has provided £100,000 in rate relief; and the Mayor of London has provided £175,000 in support. Despite meetings between traders and Business and Treasury Ministers, not 1p of Government support has been provided and insurers such as Aviva have yet to make pay-outs. Will the Leader of the House re-examine what emergency support the Government offer in the aftermath of terror attacks and provide Government time to debate the publicly funded pool reinsurance system?

Andrea Leadsom Portrait Andrea Leadsom - Hansard

The whole House was incredibly impressed by the way the traders and communities in the London Bridge area came together after the appalling terror attack, and we all pay tribute to the work that they did. The hon. Gentleman makes the point that contributions have been made by local government, which does of course receive funding from central Government so that it can support local communities. I understand the point he makes, however, and he may wish to raise a specific issue in an Adjournment debate. The Government provide support in many ways for recovery after these horrendous attacks, and it is right that we will continue to do so.