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Chris Stephens

Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment)

(since July 2018)

Debate information

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Significant Glasgow South West Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
104,666
c. 504 added daily
106,171
(Estimated)

Give government workers a fair pay rise

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 16 Oct 2020 Debated on - 14 Dec 2020 View Chris Stephens's petition debate contributions
20 Jan 2021
closes in 2 days, 23 hours

During the pandemic government workers have delivered vital public services and kept our country safe and secure. After ten years in which the real value of civil service pay has fallen, many face hardship. The Government must start to restore the real value of their pay with a 10% increase in 2020.

146,351
Petition Closed

Give all key workers a 100% tax and Nat. Ins. holiday through COVID-19 crisis

Gov Responded - 27 Apr 2020 Debated on - 14 Dec 2020 View Chris Stephens's petition debate contributions
1 Oct 2020
closed 3 months, 2 weeks ago

The government is helping private firms to protect jobs by paying up to 80% of staff wages through this crisis. If it can do this why can it not help key workers who will be putting themselves/their families at risk and working extra hard under extremely challenging and unprecedented circumstances.

126,440
Petition Closed

Take action to stop illegal immigration and rapidly remove illegal immigrants

Gov Responded - 8 Oct 2020 Debated on - 19 Oct 2020 View Chris Stephens's petition debate contributions
8 Jan 2021
closed 1 week, 2 days ago

Illegal immigrants are entering the UK in many different ways, including small boats from France which are not stopped by either French or British forces.

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 Chris Stephens's petition debate contributions
13 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 10 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.

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 Chris Stephens's petition debate contributions
12 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 10 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 Chris Stephens

Date Tabled Title Signatures
5 Oct 2020
Chris Stephens signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 6th October 2020

Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street

Tabled by: Apsana Begum (Labour - Poplar and Limehouse)
That this House marks the 84th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street on 4 October when in 1936, Oswald Mosley and members of the British Union of Fascists were blocked from marching through East London by the Jewish community, trade unionists, socialists and others; recognises the continuing importance of …
16 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 11
Independent: 2
Conservative: 1
Alliance: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
5 Oct 2020
Chris Stephens signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 6th October 2020

Graham's The Family Dairy

Tabled by: Neale Hanvey (Scottish National Party - Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
That this House congratulates Graham’s The Family Dairy on becoming Scotland’s number one chosen brand, overtaking the iconic Irn Bru which has held the top spot for decades, as well as surpassing Nestle, Cadbury’s and Pepsi in Scotland’s global food brand preferences; notes that 70 per cent of Scottish households …
3 signatures
(Most recent: 6 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 3
View All Chris Stephens's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

1 Urgent Question tabled by Chris Stephens

Date Forum Title
23 Jul 2019 Commons Chamber Personal Independence Payments: Supreme Court Ruling

Chris Stephens has not been granted any Adjournment Debates in the current sitting

7 Bills introduced by Chris Stephens


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to amend the definition of worker; to make provision about workers’ rights; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Friday 4th October 2019
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to amend the Welfare Reform Act 2012 to provide that a Universal Credit claimant may not be sanctioned for refusing work on a zero hours contract; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Friday 4th October 2019
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to amend the definition of worker; to make provision about workers’ rights; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 26th February 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 6
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

A Bill to place a duty on the Secretary of State to prevent the evictions of Universal Credit claimants in rent arrears; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Monday 10th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 5
(Possibly be Debated)

A Bill to amend the Welfare Reform Act 2012 to provide that a Universal Credit claimant may not be sanctioned for refusing work on a zero hours contract; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Monday 10th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 4
(Possibly be Debated)

A Bill to make provision for asylum seekers to challenge the proportionality of a proposed eviction from accommodation before an independent court or tribunal; to establish asylum seeker accommodation eviction procedures for public authorities; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Monday 10th February 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 3
(Likely to be Debated)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for asylum seekers to challenge the proportionality of a proposed eviction from accommodation before an independent court or tribunal; to establish asylum seeker accommodation eviction procedures for public authorities; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

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Jobcentres: Coronavirus Pension Credit Pension Credit Department for Work and Pensions: Recruitment Jobcentres: Coronavirus Department for Work and Pensions: Recruitment Universal Credit Industrial Health and Safety: Jobcentres Social Security Benefits: Staff Social Security Benefits: Medical Assessments Universal Credit: Disqualification Poverty: Children Food Banks Universal Credit Universal Credit Social Security Benefits: Medical Assessments Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations Attendance Allowance Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations Independent Case Examiner Social Security Benefits Social Security Benefits Social Security Benefits Universal Credit: Deductions Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Universal 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Benefits: Disqualification Universal Credit: Glasgow South West Social Security Benefits Department for Work and Pensions: Training Social Security Benefits: Fraud Children: Maintenance Children: Maintenance Television: Licensing State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing Jobcentres: Crimes of Violence Jobcentres: Glasgow Jobcentres: Glasgow Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Personal Independence Payment Personal Independence Payment: Visual Impairment Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services Jobseeker's Allowance Universal Credit: Domestic Violence Universal Credit: Domestic Violence Universal Credit: Domestic Violence Universal Credit: Domestic Violence Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Services Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone 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Security Benefits: Glasgow South West Social Security Benefits: Disqualification Jobcentres: Glasgow Jobcentres: Glasgow Jobcentres: Glasgow Universal Credit Jobcentres: Glasgow Department for Work and Pensions: Buildings Revenue and Customs: Buildings Revenue and Customs: Redundancy Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: Fraud Revenue and Customs: Staff National Savings and Investments: Pensions Atos: Pensions Atos and National Savings and Investments: Pensions Revenue and Customs: Coronavirus Revenue and Customs: Remote Working Credit Unions Credit Unions Credit Unions Credit Unions Credit Unions Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Reorganisation Revenue and Customs: Buildings Football Pools: Excise Duties Football Pools: Excise Duties Football Pools: Excise Duties Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: East Kilbride Revenue and Customs: Lanarkshire Revenue and Customs: Lanarkshire Revenue and Customs: Ipswich Tax Evasion Revenue and Customs: Recruitment Revenue and Customs: Recruitment Revenue and Customs: Equal Pay Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Buildings Revenue and Customs: Directors Revenue and Customs: Directors Revenue and Customs: Directors Revenue and Customs: European Anti-Fraud Office Welfare Tax Credits Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments Welfare Tax Credits: Overpayments HSBC: Low Pay Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Staff Tax Evasion Revenue and Customs Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection Retail Trade: Taxation Revenue and Customs: Disciplinary Proceedings Revenue and Customs: Apprentices Apprentices: Taxation Revenue and Customs: Apprentices Civil Servants: Codes of Practice Revenue and Customs: Disciplinary Proceedings Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: EU Nationals Loans: Students Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Revenue and Customs: Work Experience Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Work Experience Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Disciplinary Proceedings Data Protection: EU Law Revenue and Customs: Work Experience Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Cornwall Revenue and Customs: Environment Protection Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Revenue and Customs: Grievance Procedures Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Revenue and Customs: Grievance Procedures Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Revenue and Customs: Sick Leave Taxation: Electronic Government Revenue and Customs: Location Revenue and Customs: Equal Pay Revenue and Customs: Staff Revenue and Customs: Finance Revenue and Customs: Staff Civil Servants: Welfare Tax Credits Social Security Benefits: Glasgow South West Revenue and Customs: Staff Asylum: Housing Asylum: Contracts Asylum: Glasgow Asylum: Glasgow Asylum: Housing Asylum: Coronavirus Asylum: Translation Services Asylum: Namibia Immigration: EU Nationals Immigration: EU Nationals Home Office: Universal Credit Passports Home Office: Telephone Services HM Passport Office: Staff HM Passport Office: Staff UK Visas and Immigration: Telephone Services UK Visas and Immigration: Email UK Visas and Immigration: Telephone Services Asylum: Glasgow South West Asylum: Deportation Visas: Married People Asylum: Scotland Asylum: Glasgow South West Asylum: Deportation Asylum: Deportation Compass Contracts Compass Contracts Compass Contracts Compass Contracts Compass Contracts Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Procurement Warships: Procurement Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement Veterans Royal Fleet Auxiliary Royal Fleet Auxiliary Type 31 Frigates Defence: Scotland Royal Fleet Auxiliary Warships: Procurement Type 31 Frigates: Procurement Type 31 Frigates: Antisubmarine Warfare Warships: Shipbuilding Warships: Procurement Warships: Procurement Warships: Shipbuilding Iraq: Turkey Turkey: Politics and Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Interserve Abdullah Öcalan Leyla Guven Syria: Military Intervention Syria: Military Intervention Ramin Hossein Panahi Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Universal Credit Turkey: Elections Turkey: Elections Turkey: Elections Turkey: Elections Syria: Armed Conflict