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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
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25/06/2019 11:45 am  

It was effective scrutiny of this Government that forced the Chancellor of the Exchequer to be sacked for breaching the pension triple lock, it was effective scrutiny of this Government that forced the new Chancellor to double down with a new lie when his £1000 tax break was proven to be false, and it was effective scrutiny of this Government that enabled us to pass the Scotland Act when the Government simply stopped functioning and decided that the people of Scotland no longer mattered. This is one of the most successful oppositions that has ever been mounted, we passed major constitutional reform and forced the government to return to their manifesto promise on the triple lock and we're barely a quarter of the way through the term. I am proud to lead a dedicated team of excellent Conservative Party Shadow Ministers who have delivered a brilliant conference and held the Government to account every step of the way. To suggest that we are failing the country is frankly balderdash, especially when we are faced with the present Government which can barely find its way to the House of Commons' Chamber.

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Faye Gallacher
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25/06/2019 12:42 pm  

As a Scottish MP who is absolutely dedicated to union, but also dedicated to a Scotland that can thrive and manage its own affairs, I'll make it absolutely clear: the government should have been more responsive, and as devolution secretary I'll make sure that changes this moment - no ifs, ands or buts.

I am happy to see that we are having a debate surrounding Welsh devolution and have made sure to add Labour's voice to that cross party consensus. But I'll be clear: there is more work to be done. We should all get to it. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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25/06/2019 12:48 pm  

It's not just important that we deliver devolution, it's important that we get it right. I thank the Leader of the Opposition for delivering the Wales bill to the House - but I hope in the spirit of cooperation he accepts the common sense amendments put forward by the government to deliver further devolution and strengthen the position of the Welsh Parliament as recommended by the Silk Commission.  

 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Faye Gallacher
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25/06/2019 12:56 pm  

I have pushed for common sense amendments on the Wales act to ensure the government delivers a more expansive devolution package to the Welsh people: this includes water, media, policing and more power over energy. 

We know that devolution works. People in Wales know what Wales needs and how to best deliver it better than we in Westminster do, which is why this government is fully committed to this devolution package which we have proposed and will be promising - with the right consultation - a further delivery of those powers. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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Anita Redmond
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MP for North Somerset
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25/06/2019 5:10 pm  

It is extremely encouraging to see the Government not only supporting this Wales Act, but actively contributing to it, and I commend Ms Gallacher for showing far more nouse than her colleague, Mr Ward. This act introduced by the Conservatives is a long overdue step towards making the Welsh voice on the UK stage equal, and I am proud to be a part of a cross-party consensus to deliver it. 

 

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Faye Gallacher
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25/06/2019 5:18 pm  

For too long, we have viewed Wales as a project of 'devolution lite'. Whatever Scotland gets, Wales may just get it a decade later. 

We know that the Welsh people are just as committed to managing their own affairs as we Scots are. It's time that we reflected that in our legislation. Instead of a model that feeds breadcrumbs of devolution, the government have pushed forward an amendment that would give the United Kingdom 'reserved powers' as is done in Scotland: this model strengthens Welsh devolution subtly but immeasurably. 

"[we] would rather die than leave the Labour Party." - Emily Thornberry.


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William Croft
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25/06/2019 6:06 pm  

With the Wales Act, the Conservative Party is once again making sure that Parliament delivers on our collective promise of devolving greater power to the countries that make up our great United Kingdom. Empowering local governments across The United Kingdom is a critical step in placing the decision making process closer to the people effected by those decisions. In Wales, that means enhancing the powers of the soon to be Welsh Parliament and transforming the body into a more meaningful legislature. Today I am incredibly proud to be a member of the Conservative Party, as we step up and provide the leadership our country needs and deserves. 

William Croft
Member of Parliament for Bracknell
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Chairman of the Conservative Party
Chief Whip of the Conservative party


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Macmillan
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MP for North East Bedfordshire
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26/06/2019 12:08 pm  

When Labour brought up the issue of our social care system the Conservative Party agreed to meet with them, after one meeting they took their ball home and never met with us again. The then Health Secretary, Faye Gallacher, talks a good talk when it comes to working with opposition parties but as with Scotland Labour have let us down repeatedly by promising to talk and coming up with nothing. I hope that social care and Scotland are the aberrations and that the Wales Act is the new norm, but so far this Government have been too willing to play for time without actually delivering anything.

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Macmillan
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MP for North East Bedfordshire
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26/06/2019 12:11 pm  

The Wales Act represents another great triumph by the Conservative Party in developing the doctrine of devolution along the lines of localism and individual responsibility. Under our plans it'll be for the people of Wales to decide if they want lower taxes or more spending on devolved services, under our plan it'll be for the people of Wales to decide if they want to be governed from Cardiff or from London, under our plan it will be for the people of Wales to decide what they want to see happen in a variety of newly devolved legislative competencies. The message is simple, as we delivered for Scotland the Tories are now delivering for Wales, we will put the seat of power back where it belongs - with the people.

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Macmillan
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26/06/2019 12:14 pm  

As much as we are on opposite sides of the debate on a range of topics, including the health talks that her government walked out on and the Scotland issue which her government no showed I must commend the Home Secretary for her willingness to work in the spirit of cross-party compromise on the issue of the Wales Act. Where before members of the Government have sought to torpedo sensible Conservative Party led legislation simply because they are not government-led Faye Gallacher made a handful of eminently sensible suggestions that I am happy to include in the final legislation. I look forward to more cross-party compromise on other issues going forward, if the presumed Labour frontrunner would like to meet with me to discuss other issues then my door is always open to her.

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Steven Andrews
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26/06/2019 3:18 pm  

The introduction of two bills to Parliament by Ari Suchet represent the last wild swings of a dying premiership.  It is painfully clear that these bills, particularly the Labour Relations Reform Act, are an attempt by Labour to shove radical policies through Parliament while attempting to innoculate the new Prime Minister, whomever they may be, against the political cost of having carried the bills themselves.

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Anita Redmond
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MP for North Somerset
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26/06/2019 4:11 pm  

Sex Education is schools is always a critical issue - education leads to an increased awareness and a reduction in potential for younger pregnancies, STIs, and understanding about when No, means no. 

But there should be serious questions asked about the issuing of contraception in schools - a number of reasons surround this, and I hope the Government listens to to those concerns, including moral, religious and ethical ones, and acts accordingly

Conservatives are not against educating our children about sex - be we do believe in being responsible, and ensuring education and health are kept very much separate. 

Rt. Hon. Anita Redmond MP
Conservative Member of Parliament for North Somerset
Shadow Education Secretary
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William Croft
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26/06/2019 8:37 pm  

There is only one word I can use to describe the lack of detail included in the Government's Refugee Admittance Act: shocking. When the Prime Minister first announced her decision to bring 250,000 refugees into the country, she promised the British people that her Government would present a plan to Parliament that fully covered how this proposal would be implemented. The bill that's been presented to the Commons, however, fails to come even close to meeting that promise. There is no explanation of where refugees will live once they are resettled, how that housing will be paid for, and when refugees will become responsible to pay for their own housing. Despite the Prime Minister's announcement that 100,000 new apprenticeships will be created specifically for refugees, there is not a single mention of them in the Government's legislation. 

I wasn't expected much from a Government that has consistently shown their inability to focus on the details, but this is worse than anything I imagined. The Coalition simply has no idea what they are doing, and it's time they step aside in favor of someone who does. 

William Croft
Member of Parliament for Bracknell
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Chairman of the Conservative Party
Chief Whip of the Conservative party


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Macmillan
(@dylan-macmillan)
MP for North East Bedfordshire
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26/06/2019 8:52 pm  

I welcome the Prime Minister's offer for the Conservative Party's input in the Refugee Admittance Act and I hope that she will be open to the amendments that we shall be making. The bill as it is written is in no way adequate for the size of the task that the Prime Minister has set herself, frankly it is yet more proof that the Prime Minister has no plan and is simply churning out legislation to secure her legacy. I shall be making a speech in the chamber later this week outlining the Tory position and offering copious amendments to the bill.

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Macmillan
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MP for North East Bedfordshire
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27/06/2019 12:04 am  

The next Prime Minister cannot be decided by a couple of hundred individuals and the trades unions, that is a fundamentally undemocratic state of affairs when millions of other members of the electorate are denied a vote entirely. At a time when the future of the trades union movement is being debated in the halls of power the closed nature of this contest does nothing but encourage more and more outlandish promises and grandiose rhetoric to buy union votes. The problem is that the unions that vote for the winning candidate will have the winner in a vice, and by extension the whole country too.

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