Rachael Maskell

Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

(since April 2020)
Rachael Maskell Portrait

Labour (Co-op)

Member for York Central

rachael.maskell.mp@parliament.uk / rachaelmaskell
Select Committees
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (since March 2020)

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Significant York Central Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
123,309
Petition Closed

Demand the EU & UN sanction Brazil to halt increased deforestation of the Amazon

Gov Responded - 30 Sep 2019 Debated on - 7 Oct 2019 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
24 Jan 2020
closed 5 months, 2 weeks ago

The government of Brazil led by Bolsonaro favour the development of the Amazon rainforest over conservation, escalating deforestation. Deforestation threatens indigenous populations who live in the forest, loss of a precious and complex ecosystem and a vital carbon store that slows global warming.

1,725,630
Petition Closed

Do not prorogue Parliament

Gov Responded - 9 Sep 2019 Debated on - 9 Sep 2019 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
15 Feb 2020
closed 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until the Article 50 period has been sufficiently extended or the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU has been cancelled.

169,836
Petition Closed

Don't put our NHS up for negotiation

Gov Responded - 17 Jun 2019 Debated on - 22 Jul 2019 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
1 Sep 2019
closed 10 months, 1 week ago

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

108,144
Petition Closed

NHS supply new lifesaving drugs for Cystic Fibrosis like 11 other EU countries

Gov Responded - 7 Dec 2018 Debated on - 10 Jun 2019 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
16 May 2019
closed 1 year, 1 month ago

Children & young adults with CF endure lifelong suffering & early death. They need Orkambi and other precision medicines as they are developed. Sufferers in the EU, US & Australia can access the drugs, but not the UK. Hundreds have died in the 3yrs since these drugs were licensed.

194,336
Petition Closed

Hold a second referendum on EU membership.

Gov Responded - 30 Jan 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
16 Jul 2019
closed 12 months ago

The Brexit process has been a failure. At the end of two years, our ruling party is bitterly divided, the main opposition not a viable replacement for it, and the deal we have negotiated is almost universally opposed.
No one voted for this to happen.

6,103,056
Petition Closed

Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.

Gov Responded - 26 Mar 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
20 Aug 2019
closed 10 months, 3 weeks ago

The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now.

183,422
Petition Closed

Parliament must honour the Referendum result. Leave deal or no deal 29/03/19

Gov Responded - 4 Apr 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
4 Sep 2019
closed 10 months, 1 week ago

The UK voted in a referendum in 2016 to Leave the EU....this wasn't dependent on a " deal" ....but rather just "Leave"
we are now demanding that all mp's honour this result .conservative and labour mp's also agreed to leave on 29/03/19...... deal or no deal as part of their gen election campaign

113,825
Petition Closed

Increase funding for schools

Gov Responded - 5 Feb 2019 Debated on - 4 Mar 2019 View Rachael Maskell'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.

118,050
Petition Closed

Give parents the right to opt their child out of Relationship and Sex Education

Gov Responded - 9 Jan 2019 Debated on - 25 Feb 2019 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
18 Jun 2019
closed 1 year ago

We believe it is the parent’s fundamental right to teach their child RSE topics or to at least decide who teaches them and when and how they are taught. We want the right to opt our children out of RSE when it becomes mandatory in Sept 2020.

105,362
Petition Closed

Create a new independent welfare body to protect racehorses from abuse and death

Gov Responded - 19 Mar 2018 Debated on - 15 Oct 2018 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
13 Aug 2018
closed 1 year, 11 months ago

The British Horseracing Authority is responsible for race horse welfare. But around 200 horses die each year due to racing in Britain. We urge the government to set up an independent regulatory body, with horse welfare as its only interest, which will take meaningful action to stop horses dying.

238,769
Petition Closed

Stop the privatisation of NHS services

Gov Responded - 20 Feb 2018 Debated on - 23 Apr 2018 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
17 May 2018
closed 2 years, 1 month ago

We call for a ban on the outsourcing (privatisation) of NHS services, and stop the renewal of any outsourcing contracts already signed. Companies should not be profiteering from NHS contracts, when every pound of NHS budgets is desperately needed for more doctors and nurses, and to pay them more.

35,203
Petition Closed

Make British Sign Language part of the National Curriculum

Gov Responded - 17 Oct 2017 Debated on - 5 Mar 2018 View Rachael Maskell'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.

117,716
Petition Closed

Make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950’s women

Gov Responded - 27 Sep 2017 Debated on - 14 Dec 2017 View Rachael Maskell'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.

145,118
Petition Closed

Hold a referendum on the final Brexit deal

Gov Responded - 28 Sep 2017 Debated on - 11 Dec 2017 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
12 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

We, the undersigned, call upon HM Government to give the people of this country the final say on the Brexit deal negotiated by the UK and EU. This would be done through a referendum that would take place prior to the April 2019 exit date.

14,438
Petition Closed

No referendum on the final deal for the UK to remain in the European Union.

Gov Responded - 17 Oct 2017 Debated on - 11 Dec 2017 View Rachael Maskell's petition debate contributions
15 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

We, the undersigned, herby call upon HM government to dismiss calls for a referendum on the final deal as the British people were asked an important question on the 23rd June last year, the choices were abundantly clear, remain or leave the European Union and leave won a decisive vote.

149,138
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 Rachael Maskell'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 Rachael Maskell

Date Tabled Title Signatures
4 Jun 2020
Rachael Maskell signed this EDM as a sponsor on Friday 5th June 2020

Legal Aid and Advice

Tabled by: Mr David Lammy (Labour - Tottenham)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 515), dated 15 May 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 18 May 2020, be annulled.
116 signatures
(Most recent: 9 Jul 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 103
Liberal Democrat: 6
Plaid Cymru: 2
Scottish National Party: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Independent: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
4 May 2020
Rachael Maskell signed this EDM on Monday 11th May 2020

Children and Young Persons

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 445), dated 21 April 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 23 April 2020, be annulled.
44 signatures
(Most recent: 24 Jun 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 39
Liberal Democrat: 3
Green Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

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Rachael Maskell has not been granted any Adjournment Debates in the current sitting

Rachael Maskell has not introduced any legislation in the current parliamentary sitting


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Death Certificates Social Services: Consultation Papers Coronavirus: Social Distancing Charities: Finance Contact Tracing: Computer Software Coronavirus: Protective Clothing Coronavirus: Disease Control NHS: Voluntary Work Influenza: Vaccination NHS 111: General Practitioners NHS and Social Services: Uniforms Hospital Beds: Coronavirus Care Homes: General Practitioners Care Homes: Death Certificates Care Homes: Finance Carers: Coronavirus In Vitro Fertilisation Domestic Accidents: York Carers: York Mental Health Services: Standards Cancer: Screening Hospitals: North Yorkshire Health Services: Per Capita Costs Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse Dental Services: North Yorkshire Mental Health Services: York York Hospital: Health Professions York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Staff York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Hospital Beds York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Capital Investment Genito-urinary Medicine Genito-urinary Medicine Genito-urinary Medicine Eating Disorders 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Coronavirus Schools: Coronavirus Schools: Coronavirus Pre-school Education: Coronavirus Childminding: Coronavirus Children: Coronavirus Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes Free School Meals Children in Care Special Educational Needs: Per Capita Costs Sign Language Class Sizes: York Adoption: Yorkshire and the Humber Nurseries: Babies Adoption Support Fund Adoption Support Fund Adoption Pre-school Education: Disadvantaged Pre-school Education: Yorkshire and the Humber Immigration: EEA Nationals First Aid: Curriculum York College: Per Capita Costs Pupils: Per Capita Costs Pupils: Per Capita Costs Adoption: York York College: Finance Pupils: Allergies Armed Forces: Children State Retirement Pensions: Females State Retirement Pensions: Females Armed Forces: Coronavirus Veterans: Suicide Armed Forces: Emergencies Ministry of Defence: One Public Estate Programme Armed Forces Covenant Gamecock Barracks Duncombe Barracks Queen's Own Yorkshire Yeomanry Museum Defence Business Services National 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Charter Flights Visas: Applications Recycling: Aluminium Police: Racial Discrimination Immigrants: Finance Arrests and Stop and Search: Ethnic Groups Discrimination: Ethnic Groups Slavery: Yorkshire and the Humber Slavery: Yorkshire and the Humber Airguns: Reviews Undocumented Migrants Refugees Immigrants: Employment Immigrants: Bank Services Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry Members: Correspondence Members: Correspondence Crossbows: Sales Crossbows Slavery: North Yorkshire North Yorkshire Police: Standards North Yorkshire Police Police: Reserves Organised Crime: Jamaica Slavery Firearms: Licensing Firearms: Licensing Police: Dogs Police: Firearms Antisocial Behaviour: York Central Antisocial Behaviour Detection Rates Police: North Yorkshire Terrorism Visas Visas Visas Visas Fire Prevention: Housing Safety Barriers Terrorism: York Counter-terrorism Counter-terrorism: Training Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme Bus Services: Coronavirus Public Transport: Coronavirus Bus Services and Railways: Coronavirus Bus Services: Coronavirus Bus Services and Railways: Coronavirus Travel: Coronavirus Transport: Coronavirus Bus Services: Disability Railways: Compensation Railways: Compensation Railways: Compensation Electric Vehicles: Bicycles Railways: Waste Disposal Railways: Tickets Railway Stations Railways: Trees Public Transport: Crimes of Violence Large Goods Vehicle Drivers Road Traffic: York Cycling: Accidents Driving: Visual Impairment Railways: Compensation Railways: Fixed Penalties Bicycles: Safety Railways: North of England Railways: North of England Railways: North of England Railways Railway Stations: Disability Railways: Staff Railway Stations: Access Railway Stations: Public Lavatories Railway Stations: Disability Railway Stations: Disability Railways: Staff Network Rail: Assets Network Rail: Staff Network Rail: Staff Driving: Licensing Driving: Licensing Buses: Exhaust Emissions