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  1. Name: Amanda Sandra Stockley Avatar: Carice van Houten Age: 41 Sex: female Ethnicity: Caucasian Marital Status: Married Sexual Orientation: Straight Party: Labour Faction/Subgroup: Labour to Win Political Outlook: Sot Blairite, but in support of progressive social democracy. Also an Environmentalist. Supported Bremain during the Campaign. Constituency: Birmingham Selly Oak Year Elected: 2010 Education: Studied Biotechnology at Oxford University. Got PhD in Biological Studies. Career: Began as Biomedical Scientist Microbiology at IMC Locums in Birmingham. Eventually rose to Senior Scientist. Became member of Labour at 26. Political Career: Was elected to Birmingham City Council at 29. Stayed Councillor until her elections as MP. During her time, was involved as PPS to the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, in 2014.
  2. Thank you Mrs. Deputy Speaker. May I first echo the words of yourself and the Chancellor and Shadow Chancellor about the speedy recovery of the leader of the Opposition? I think the whole house will be on the same side on this. Now, unto the budget. Deputy Speaker, my interests within this House are varied, but I would like to focus my speech on a particular problem that is close to my heart: climate change and our nature. I read in the Spending Review the funds allocated to DEFRA. Let me start by thanking the Chancellor for providing funds to support the Species Recovery Programme: it is vital that we protect endangered species in this country. And secondly, I agree to the plan to remove landfills completely by 2028. But Deputy Speaker, the government must be asleep at the wheel if thinking that it can do all these things while still relying on Oil for our products. It is time that we end our complete addiction to Plastics and Concrete. The UK is the fifth largest economy in terms of plastics production. And less 40 percent of all of our plastics are recycled, meaning that still, millions of tonnes of plastics are wasted on landfills, or worse, in plastic soup around the world's oceans. And at the same time, the government wants to continue trading with economies across the world which have a terrible reputation regarding plastics recycling. And this is the same government that lowered corporate taxes, while at the same time not implementing radical new targets for businesses to improve their environmental standards. Industries still keep dumping toxic waste into our waterways and our rivers, and now they don't even have to pay the taxes to incentivize the stopping of this practice. Deputy Speaker, I am quite frankly perplexed. Just as I predicted from the Queen's Speech, the government doesn't want to reduce the use of Plastics. It doesn't want to reduce the use of Concrete either. These two are the biggest source of CO2 emissions in the world, next only to coal and natural gas. Deputy Speaker, last time I asked the government about our goals towards a biobased economy, I got an answer only about our Energy market. But I didn't even ask about that. I was asking what will be done to remove our use of single-use plastics. I am standing up here today because the government is doing nothing to lower our use of plastics, to reduce our impact on the plastic soup, or to finally invest in the use of biodegradable plastics. Now plastics are not my only concern. They are bad enough for the environment, killing our marine life and our birds. Not to mention their lasting stay in the environment. I am also talking about other harmful products. We need to rethink our construction methods. Making Concrete, Steel, Glass Wool and Bricks are some of the most CO2-emitting processes in the industry. Especially weaponised concrete, the staple of our modern skyscrapers, is a harmful product. And miss Deputy Speaker, we could do that a lot cleaner, and a lot less dangerous, if we rid ourselves of using Cokes for steel, using glass fibres for Glass Wool, and using Gravel for concrete. Biobased products are available. We can use them to make products which are non-toxic, and still as strong as these products. But for that, we need to rethink our cities. The time of endless weaponised concrete flats must be over. If anyone is particularly interested in which products I am speaking of, then they must actually look at old processes. Whatever happened to making things from wood? And these don't need to be tall buildings: skyscrapers are a solution for a city of high density, and little space. But we need to design our cities to be breathing: a new model, where we can build houses not for one family, but for entire communities. That way, we can also improve our social cohesion. And not only wood is an alternative: I am particularly interested in scientists who have made Hempcrete: a product that replaces gravel with hemp, to make a sustainable concrete material that is just as strong. Now that is Real Levelling Up. The government wants to revamp high streets and reduce rough sleeping: but if the houses are made from harmful concrete and steel, then these houses deliver for the people, but destroy the environment in the process. Then I come unto my final point, miss deputy speaker. Because I cannot shake the feeling that the government is failing in their parts to return services to the whole of the UK. They want to bring back railways to all of England, but yet High Speed 2, which is classified as an 'England and Wales project' has no dedicated line to Wales. In fact, Wales is not receiving any dedicated railway program this year. Luckily we have some good news: the government finally got rid of their failing rail franchising system. But I fear for the future of British railways. In Birmingham, we have identified some six vital railways which are yet to reopen. Together, they represent some 600,000 people who want to be reconnected to the railway, not least of all Dudley. Yet the only project we heard is the Brierley Hill metro line. And we have to rely on the government's Levelling Up Bid to go through to get this funded. And then we come to the big issue of two of the major problems in our cities: Bicycles and Metro. The Prime Minister will probably tell you how he, as major of London, made a massive contribution with the 'Bicycle Superhighways'. The truth is: they failed miserably. They are nothing more than bike lanes painted unto existing roads. In multiple places, you have to cross the street to get to the next. Even worse, there are speed bumps, which are harmful for cyclists. And then there was the apparent refusal of Kensington and Chelsea to allow CS9 through their borough. The network is disconnected, dysfunctional, and disingenuous for cyclists. Why can't we produce true dedicated bikeways in our cities? London is not the only one: Birmingham, Manchester, and Liverpool suffer from the same problem. And is Britain truly incapable? If we look at Europe...yes I know, the Chancellor rather wouldn't because Europe apparently has only bad ideas...then we can see cities with sprawling dedicated bike lanes, metro and tram links, and good accessible Train Stations. I never quite understand why our cities need more than One Central Station? London has fourteen terminal stations. Birmingham has three, and Courzon Street, for HS2, will become the fourth. Is it not better to create an interconnected network of train stations, so that we can create a truly united mass transit network? And why don't we build bypasses so that we don't have to travel all the way to the Inner City to transfer to new lines? For example, HS1 and HS2 won't be connected directly. One has to transfer from St. Pancras International, to Euston. Why don't we relay HS1 to St. Pancras, via Camden Road? That way, one can travel High Speed lines from the Channel all the way to Birmingham, and beyond, to Manchester. I hope the government will consider this and other railway projects, not just through the Levelling Up Fund, but through a dedicated Railway Reopening Fund. Thank you deputy speaker.
  3. Amanda Stockley at GMB Thank you all for having me. It is a pleasure to speak on this convention on a topic close to my heart. The world is at a crossroads: years of human interference has made global warming worse. We are losing species every day. Biodiversity keeps dropping across the country. The state of our nature is in danger. We are the last generation who can stop the disastrous warming beyond 2 degrees centigrade that would make our planet unlifable. The Green Deal that was started in Paris is a big step forward. I am proud we are the hosts of COP26. Global warming is of course a global affair. We need to tackle it together. In the UK, we have invested for years into renewable energy and nuclear. We have almost ended our Coal dependency. But we are not alone. Global powers like America, China and India need to contribute as well, so that we end our use of Coal and Oil. A Green Deal needs to be comprehensive. We don't only need to make our energy green. Our industries, our homes, our offices, our vehicles, our schools and hospitals. They need to be Green as well." Making our homes Green means making them gas-less first of all. A long-time job will lay in our ability and urge to install heat pumps, solar panels, and charge stations. At the same time, we need to make houses more energy-efficient. Insulation, central heating, and draft strips are all vital in lowering energy use in a home. Our cars need to change with us as well. Electric and hydrogen cars must become more affordable. Charging and fuelling stations must become a national network that covers even the far-flung communities. But individuals can not be the only ones who contribute. We must rebuild our rail network. We must expand our emission-free bus fleet. Most of all, we need to create new Tram and Underground links in our major cities. Because mass transit can reduce congestion, car use, and emissions. For years, mass transit has been neglected. The Beeching Axe of the 60s must be replaced by a Railway Renaissance. Just like our homes, the government needs to reduce energy use. Hospitals and Schools are one of the major energy consumers in the country. By placing the same facilities as at home, we can severely reduce energy use as well. Providing the NHS with electric ambulances could even bring down waiting times. But our Green Deal cannot be on utilities only. Our economy needs to be Green as well. We need to remove our reliance on Fossil resources. Recycling must become the norm, not virgin plastics. Bioplastics can remove our use of oil. Designing our products on sustainability, not mass consumption, can create a truly sustainable economy. And that is what we must strive for. Thank you.
  4. Thank you Mr. Speaker, And I thank the Prime Minister for advanced sight of his statement. I am glad to speak in this debate about the announcement of the government. Because it is important that we reduce the backlog that the NHS is experiencing. But Mr. Speaker...the Prime Minister seems to believe that the backlog was solely the result of the Covid pandemic. And I of all people don't deny that a massive pandemic has made working in healthcare a lot more difficult, but the problem has started long before. For years, the party opposite has pushed the government and the secretary of state into limiting our NHS. Dentistry and GPs have suffered for years under this policy of austerity. Mr. Speaker, the Covid pandemic has only exasperated the problems in our healthcare system. Under the ten years of Conservative Party rule, a gap of 50 billion pounds has emerged in the funding of the NHS. And now, after ten years, the Prime Minister has announced to close this gap by pressing a tax burden on the hard working British people. A Health and Social Care 'Levy' is what the party opposite has dubbed it. Personally, I would call it a Health and Social Care 'Fine' on the people of Britain. The government has failed to keep up with growing healthcare costs for ten years. And now, they want to close this gap by increasing the tax burden. What a strange way to make the NHS fit for purpose again. Those are not my words, by the way. According to the NHS themselves, they have been playing 'catch-up' for years. They have made the government aware of the billions of pounds that they are missing in funding. They have said that there is a massive loss of workforce in several years. The Prime Minister has plegded that he wants to recruit thousands of GPs over the next few years: Mr. Speaker, the reality is, that the Covid pandemic has not increased, but diminished our GP workforce. Mr. Speaker, there seems to be a new tendency in the Prime Minister's failing policies to stop the Covid pandemic. They claim they want to take care of the NHS. The reality is, Mr. Speaker, that they have failed to take care of the NHS for ten years. And this problem is one that seems to be limited to England only. In Labour-led Wales, Spending per person is more than 100 pounds higher than in England. And why is that? Because contrary to NHS England, Labour has not let a funding gap of 50 billion pounds grow in NHS Wales. And I also looked in the Conservative Manifesto. Do the members opposite know what it says? I shall remind them, and I paraphrase: 'We will not increase taxes'. But Mr. Speaker, this is of course the entire strategy of the Prime Minister. After failing to fund the NHS adequately for years, he now wants to come out as 'the One who kept the NHS afloat'. A purely populist strategy, aided by his Brexiteer desire by leaving the vital EMA. Because he will keep saying that Britain 'led the world with the fastest vaccine rollout'. And I commend the NHS in providing more than 88 million jabs in this country, let that show on the record. But the Prime Minister seems to use his love for Brexit to show the people that it worked 'because we vaccinated faster than anywhere in Europe'. As if that was a positive thing. I will come to the solutions, Mr. Speaker. This 'Levy' will take out hundreds of pounds from British families, which will make their cost of living only more problematic, in the name of 'funding the NHS'. But in reality, the Prime Minister is implementing a tax hike to bring back the funding that the NHS has required for twelve years. I do hope the benches opposite support Labour's proposals to stop this tax hike on working people, and instead make a proper social care plan? With Labour, our plan would include: enshrining the principle of 'Home First'. Really putting an emphasis on prevention and early intervention to lower healthcare costs. Increasing the living wage of care workers to no less than 10 pounds. Investing in training for care workers to improve health quality. And lastly, giving the more than 10 million unpaid family carers the proper training, information, and advice, to create safe workspaces to balance work and caring responsibilities. In conclusion, Mr. Speaker. The party opposite has presided over a ten year backlog, rising from their inability to properly funding the NHS, leading to an fifty billion pound gap. Now, during Covid, this has become painfully visible in the growing backlog of patients awaiting proper care. The solution of the PM: increasing the tax burden, instead of reforming social care and creating a truly comprehensive NHS plan. I urge the members opposite to see trough this shameful, and frankly manifesto-breaking proposal by a Prime Minister who has broken multiple promises already. Thank you, Mr. Speaker
  5. Name: Amanda Sandra Stockley Avatar: Carice van Houten Age: 45 Sex: Female Ethnicity: Caucasian Marital Status: Married Sexual Orientation: Straight Party: Labour Political Outlook: Soft Blairite, but more in support of progressive social democracy. Also a Environmentalist. Constituency: Birmingham Perry Barr Year Elected: 2007 Education: Studied Biotechnology at Oxford University. Got PhD in Biological Studies. Career: Began as Biomedical Scientist Microbiology at IMC Locums in Birmingham. Eventually rose to Senior Scientist. Became member of Labour at 26. Political Career: Was elected to Birmingham City Council at 35. Stayed Councillor until her elections as MP. During her time, became Cabinet member for Health and Social Care.
  6. Name: Stephen James McCabe Avatar: Steve McCabe Age: 55 Sex: Male Ethnicity: Caucasian Marital Status: Married Sexual Orientation: Straight Party: Labour Party Political Outlook: Blairite. Moderate Social Democrat. Also supports the State of Israel and the One Nation Solution. Constituency: Birmingham Selly Oak Year Elected: 1997 Education: Attended Port Glasgow High School, then got a Diploma in Social Studies at Moray House College. After working for a few years before He took up an MA in Social Work at the University of Bradford. Career: Started as a social worker in Wolverhampton from 1977 and 1982. Then became Shop Steward with the National and Local Government Officers Association in 1978. Finally he became a manager at the Berkshire Social Services. After getting the MA in Social Work, he worked as a lecturer in social services at the North East Worcestershire College. He became a child care worker in Solihull in 1989. He worked there until 1991, when he was appointed as an education advisor to the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work. He stayed there until his election as MP. Political Career: Was elected to Birmingham City Council in 1990. Then was elected in 1997 for Birmingham Hall Green in the Blair landslide victory. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Charles Clarke, Secretary of State for Education and Home Secretary. He became assistant in the Whips Office in 2006, and then became full Whip in 2007. He applied for the redrawn constituency of Birmingham Selly Oak, which incorporated most of Hall Green. He was re-elected for this new seat in 2010.
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