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#61
I want to be perfectly clear about something: Damilola Taylor's murder is not going to be swept under the rug so long as I'm in Parliament. As an MP, as a mother and as a human being I'm disgusted by the progress of the investigation. I intend to bring this issue up every single day until we have answers!
Rt Hon Harriet Roth MP
Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North (1983-)
Former Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Energy and the Environment
Former Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development

Socialist Campaign Group - Eurosceptic, Peacenik, Bennite
Labour Party



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#62
The Home Secretary meeting the family of Damilola Taylor is once again the Government reacting to an event too little, too late. Why have they taken months to meet Damilola Taylor's family? This Labour Governemnt are completely incompetent, the Prime Minister should apologise for not doing more.
James Allen

MP for Leeds Central

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#63
Given the importance of NATO to our security and international standing, I am appalled to see the Foreign Secretary endorse so strongly the idea of a European Rapid Reaction Force and our full integration into it. The ERRF is not only contradictory in many aspects with NATO, it is the clear starting line for a European Army that even at this stage will wear the EU symbol and possess a permament headquarters in Brussels. Not only is the new Foreign Secretary displaying its rising passion for integration into Europe, by endorsing the ERRF the Government is endangering NATO, the Special Relationship and our sovereignty.
Rt. Hon. Edward Winter MP / Conservative and Unionist Party
Member of Parliament for Ashford (1979 - Present)

Shadow Foreign Secretary (1992 - Present)
Leader of the House of Commons (1990-1992)
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#64
The Prime Minister's public apology for the Government mishandling the Damilola Taylor murder shows us all this Government is just not up to the job of running the country. Why did it take a question from the Conservatives for the Prime Minister to admit they got it wrong? He could have apologised sooner but he didn't. If this Government can't handle the job of running the country, they should step aside and let the Conservatives repair the damage they have done.

I just had dinner with the US president where we had a positive constructive discussion around a variety of issues. We both agreed on the importance of NATO and the need for further clarity around the ERRF. We were also positive on the benefits of the special relationship between our two countries.
James Allen

MP for Leeds Central

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#65
I am very concerned by the Conservative Party's, and specifically the Leader of the Opposition's, attempts to politicise the Special Relationship and our membership of NATO as a way to further their pernicious Euroscepticism and blanket hatred of everything to do with Continental Europe. The Special Relationship should be above such crude politicking, I call on Mr Saxon to apologise for his diplomatic faux pas at once. The Prime Minister and I had constructive talks with the President of the United States earlier today, obviously I shall not be divulging what was discussed for fear of doing a Saxon and causing a diplomatic incident.
The Rt Hon Sir Dylan Macmillan MP
MP for Bedfordshire Mid (1983-Present)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1992-Present)
Secretary of State for Energy 1987-1990

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#66
Instead of having a constructive debate on NATO and the ERRF, the Foreign Secretary insists on attempting to hold up debate by digging himself out of a hole that he has landed himself in.

The Foreign Secretary's accusations of me jeopardizing the special relationship are baseless. Myself and the president agreed on the need for further clarity around the ERRF; that is a clear fact that this Government cannot accept.
James Allen

MP for Leeds Central

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#67
The only party preventing constructive debate on the United Kingdom and our defence policy is the Conservative Party. Their baseless accusations that the ERRF and NATO are incompatible do nothing but muddy the waters, sow division in Europe and make our nation less safe. The Conservatives seem determined to poison our every friendship on the continent and politicise the Special Relationship in a way that would leave Britain isolated, insular and weaker on the World Stage. Such moves show a worrying lack of commitment to Britain as a leading light on the World Stage, I urge the Conservatives to stop playing political games with our defence policy and our international relations.
The Rt Hon Sir Dylan Macmillan MP
MP for Bedfordshire Mid (1983-Present)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1992-Present)
Secretary of State for Energy 1987-1990

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#68
It is the Foreign Secretary's attempts to derail debate on NATO that makes a mockery of Parliament. Unable to say he supports NATO in full, he proposes amendments to motions supporting NATO so they include European measures, he says that he doesn't envisage the ERRF as an entire replacement for NATO, and when he is brought to task on these statements he acts like the cry-baby, the wimp and the wuss and hides behind the speaker, raising Points of Orders to cower behind them whilst he attempts to silence genuine debate. The country wants answers, not sissies who are too scared to debate their views
MP For Hexham 1987 -
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#69
The Conservative party's extreme euro-phobia threatens to undermine Britain's ability to lead in the world. Even a modest and sensible idea that European countries, countries that are already allies in NATO, should co-operate on humanitarian and peacekeeping military missions is shot down before any details are even considered. Instead of running to the press with hysterical warnings about a non-existent European Army, the Conservative Party should be considering these ideas on their merits and working constructively to develop them into proposals that are in the best interests of Britain, the world, and Britain as a leader in the world.
Rt. Hon. Sean Manning MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer (2000 - )
Labour MP for Bristol East (1992 - )
Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1997 - 2000)
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#70
I was asked to clarify my statements in the House of Commons regarding the Foreign Secretary and his support of NATO, or apologise. I refused to apologise, for I had done nothing wrong, and clarified my statements, and yet still found myself flung out, albeit on a temporary basis. The Foreign Secretary cannot debate his views, he cannot stand scrutiny, and he is attempting to squash debate by hiding behind the speaker and points of orders. These are not the reactions and the responses of somebody who is entrusted with how we are viewed on the international stage.
MP For Hexham 1987 -
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#71
Today I announced increases in the minimum wage benefiting 1.5 million people and worth £1,000 to a full time worker on the minimum wage. The increase has been recommended by the Low Pay Commission, and agreed by unions and business groups alike. I have also asked the Low Pay Commission to consider how we can meet a long-term target that would mean the minimum wage was enough to keep a full-time worker out of poverty, and to recommend minimum wage rates for 16-18 year olds and apprentices. The minimum wage was one of John Smith's biggest achievements, and my announcements today show our continued commitment to ending low pay for good.
Rt. Hon. Sean Manning MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer (2000 - )
Labour MP for Bristol East (1992 - )
Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1997 - 2000)
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#72
I would like to thank Harold for appointing me as Shadow Home Secretary. It will be an honour to serve under him. As Shadow Home Secretary I will be continuing the message already put forward by the party - a more effective police force, with more officers, with less red tape.
MP For Hexham 1987 -
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#73
Although I have no comment on the European Commission's criticism of Irish economic policy, it does cause one to pause and consider what might occur if the shoe were on the other foot. Would Commissioner Solbes be critical of a left wing British budget if Britain would join the Eurozone? Such behavior should remind Britons of the potential peril associated with the Euro.
Rt Hon Harriet Roth MP
Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North (1983-)
Former Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Energy and the Environment
Former Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development

Socialist Campaign Group - Eurosceptic, Peacenik, Bennite
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#74
Question Time is an event where members of the Government answer questions put to them by members of parliament on policy and the issues that affect the people of this country It is appalling to see the Government ignoring questions put to them, with  the Chancellor becoming the latest cabinet member to neglect his duties in the House. The Prime Minister should be keeping his cabinet members in line, if he cannot even do that then can we really put our faith in him and this lazy Government to make the right decisions for this country?

(02-28-2018, 03:29 PM)Sir Harold Saxon Wrote: Question Time is an event where members of the Government answer questions put to them by members of parliament on policy and the issues that affect the people of this country It is appalling to see the Government ignoring questions put to them, with  the Chancellor becoming the latest cabinet member to neglect his duties in the House. The Prime Minister should be keeping his cabinet members in line, if he cannot even do that then can we really put our faith in him and this lazy Government to make the right decisions for this country?

OOC: Should be a full stop before country and It
James Allen

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#75
The ongoing situation in Monrovia is certainly a horrible sight. I wish to send my deepest sympathies to anyone affected, especially to British subjects, by the strife in Liberia. I should also wish to make clear my belief that Britain should remain as a neutral observer of the situation on Africa's west coast and absolutely refuse military intervention of any kind. The days of colonial peace-bringers are over, and we must accept that the African people have a right and a responsibility to self-government.
George Edward Montcalm
Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield
Conservative and Unionist Party
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
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#76
The Prime Minister cannot keep giving vague answers in the house when asked about crime. When asked if he agreed with the Conservatives' policy of the two-strike approach on violent crime and cutting red tape to allow police officers to do their job, he wouldn't give an answer. When asked what the Government's policy is he handed it off to the Home Secretary who has had months to reveal the Government's plan, yet stays silent. 

The Prime Minister or this Government have absolutely no idea what their plan is to tackle violent crime, the defeaning silence proves that.
James Allen

MP for Leeds Central

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#77
The Conservatives may like to pretend that there is a one size fits all solution to all crime ever, they may like to pretend that a mandatory life sentence for all two-time violent criminals will magically end all of our problems, but the real World just doesn't work that way. You can't invent a policy, wish about it really hard and then have it magically end all violent crime. The Government takes violent crime incredibly seriously and will consult the police, lawyers, judges and anyone else we need to to ensure that we have a solution that will actually work rather than bankrupting us with a vestigial growth of prisoners when there are other more long term options available. Harold Saxon needs to stop living in his dream world and start living in the real one, how can the people trust a potential Prime Minister who doesn't consult all the potential sides before making a decision on something as important as violent crime?
The Rt Hon Sir Dylan Macmillan MP
MP for Bedfordshire Mid (1983-Present)

Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1992-Present)
Secretary of State for Energy 1987-1990

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#78
Alwyn Thomas talks about how you can't invent a magical policy on crime, of course the Government should consider what needs to be done. However, it has been 7 months since the brutal murder of Damilola Taylor, what has the Government done to stop something like this from happening again? Nothing. This Government cannot continue to ignore the fact that violent crime is a serious issue, we were promised action from the Home Secretary and all we have had silence. It's appalling.

Our comprehensive crime policy is what is needed to ensure our streets are safer. The two strike approach, new legislation on knife possession, cutting red tape to let our police do their job. The Conservatives are making the right decisions whilst Labour are lost for words on how to tackle crime.
James Allen

MP for Leeds Central

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#79
Today I announced an agreement with Railtrack whereby they will pay nearly 600 million pounds in deferred maintenance costs to repair and maintain the rail infrastructure. Meanwhile, the Rail Regulator will conduct a thorough and comprehensive probe into Railtrack and its activities. I vowed to the public and families of victims that swift action would be taken - I have kept my promise and will see this through .
Rt Hon Harriet Roth MP
Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North (1983-)
Former Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Energy and the Environment
Former Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development

Socialist Campaign Group - Eurosceptic, Peacenik, Bennite
Labour Party



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#80
General Press Cycle Week 4: Damilola Taylor, Minimum Wage Increases & other goodies

Note: All ERRF/NATO related comments aren’t marked as part of this press cycle – they’ve already been marked as part of that press cycle. Onto marking.

Also sorry for the late marking. My excuse is a mixture of being exhausted from the last marking bonanza, and being lazy. 
 
Labour: 23

Decent enough press round - the minimum wage announcement was particularly welcome, and throws people a bone. On other areas your government does need to be more vocal. I'll also mention that when cabinet members subtly jab at their own government, even if it is veiled, the media does notice and does report it - they might even blow it up more than it's worth.
 
Conservatives: 27

Good press round for you guys - you really tore into the government on a variety of issues - being a bit late to answer questions, not having answers on crime. Individually, many of these things might seem somewhat petty and can be shrugged off, but the Tories are good at making it seem like a repeated pattern. 

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Harold Saxon: "The Prime Minister and this government have absolutely no idea what their plan is to tackle violent crime, the deafening silence proves that." Yowch. Crime remains a soft spot for the government, and Saxon effectively rubbed salt into the wound. Here he really has been hawking the government - perhaps pettily, but if the government don't respond it hurts.
 
Sean Manning: "Today I announced increases in the minimum wage benefitting 1.5 million people and worth £1,000 to a full time worker on the minimum wage." People like having extra cash, and 1.5 million people being given that is a major boost for the Chancellor. The minimum wage is often thought of New Labour's most successful policy - so to build on it and flaunt it is always a good way to score brownie points.
 
Harriet Roth: "I vowed to the public and families of the victims that swift action would be taken - I have kept my promise and will see this through." Harriet Roth is respected by people who even disagree with her. Since joining cabinet she hasn't just increased her profile, but has been very public and has consistently shown a willingness to serve the public and take action. 
“Yes. It’s terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true. The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies and… everybody lives happily ever after.”
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