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Oral Contribution: 5th March, 2018

It is a great pleasure to follow Eddie Hughes, who characteristically speaks with great clarity without notes, but I shall take inspiration from Bill Wiggin, the first Back Bencher to speak in this debate, in that I will take a slightly different view from my Front-Bench colleagues on a couple of issues. In particular, I will suggest that there are some flaws in clauses 168 and 169...

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Oral Contribution: 20th February, 2018

It is a great pleasure to take part in this debate, which was introduced with such energy, enthusiasm and expertise by my constituency neighbour and good friend, my hon. Friend Alex Sobel. In the few minutes available, I would like to address the history of basketball, the implications for its future, and the issue of broadcasting...

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Oral Contribution: 6th February, 2018

In support of the hon. Gentleman’s argument, does he think it significant that the Campaign to Protect Rural England estimates that just over 10% of all the houses built on the green belt since 2009 are actually affordable?

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Oral Contribution: 24th January, 2018

I beg to move,

That this House
has considered public transport on Boxing Day 2018.

Christmas 2017 is already a distant memory for most of us, with all the joys of Christmas and some of the minor irritations such as our football team losing, which happened to me in the case of Bradford City, or the turkey going in slightly late, which happened at my family gathering. But there were also other irritations, such as the absence of Boxing Day rail transport in our country...

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Written Question: 22nd January, 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the introduction of part-time season tickets on the railways.

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Oral Question: 18th January, 2018

Do Virgin East Coast’s franchise promises to run trains every two hours from London to Bradford, Harrogate and Middlesbrough still hold good, or have they been scaled back?

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