EDM Tabled: 30th January, 2019
That this House recognises that Six Nations Rugby, the Northern Hemisphere showpiece, which features England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy, will see the cream of European rugby meet across five rounds, culminating in the final set of games in March; notes that last year's tournament attracted 72,000 fans a game in the stadiums, leading sport's global standings above American Football's NFL in second and the FIFA World Cup in third; further notes that all the matches are live and free to all on the BBC and ITV and in recent years have attracted audiences of up to 10 million...
EDM Supported: 29th January, 2018
That this House notes the case of Sammy Woodhouse, in which a man convicted of rape and serving a 35-year prison sentence was notified of family court proceedings for the child he fathered as a result of the rape; further notes that the man had no parental responsibilities for the child; regrets that Rotherham Council believes that it would not have secured an exemption to notify under the current criteria; further regrets that the presumption in the law is that a rapist is notified when decisions are made about a child fathered through rape; and calls on the Government to amend the Children's Act 1989 to remove the parental rights of men who have fathered children through rape and to review the relevant Practice Directions to prevent rapist fathers from being notified of family court proceedings.
EDM Tabled: 28th January, 2019
That this House notes the proud history of Keighley Cougars Rugby League Football Club founded in 1876 featuring a Challenge Cup appearance in 1937 and the introduction of razzmatazz to the game in the 1990's; expresses delight that after a period of turmoil a new consortium led by Mick O'Neil and Mike Smith is now back at the helm of the club; congratulates all those involved in the campaign for change particularly the supporters; thanks the Rugby Football League for their efforts to date; and urges their full backing to the revival of Keighley Cougars as the 2019 season approaches.
Oral Contribution: 22nd January, 2019
I will speak briefly, but perhaps a little explicitly. I think that part of my hon. Friend’s speech was directed at our party’s own Front Benchers. At the moment, we are consulting on our plans for the water industry, and I hope nothing is set in stone. In developing our policy, we need to learn as much from Scotland, Wales and—if I may say so—Northern Ireland as we do from experts who reside in the north of London. My hon. Friend referred to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the shadow Chancellor competing, about a year ago. It was last spring—spring was in the air—and one of those gentlemen said:
“Far too often, there is evidence that water companies—your water companies—have not been acting sufficiently in the public interest.”
Written Question: 17th January, 2019