Transcript of representations made on Tuesday 21 July 2015

Mr David Burrowes, Paul Blomfield, Richard Fuller and Kirsten Oswald made representations. Q1 Chair: Could you kick off and talk us through the issue and why you want some time, please? Richard Fuller: First, congratulations, Chair, on your election, and finally getting your Committee together-and to the members of the Committee. Backbench Business Committee debates […]

16/07/15 Backbench Business Committee

Commons Hansard 16 Jul 2015 Backbench Business Committee Mr. Ian Mearns (Gateshead): I note on the Order Paper today that nominations for membership of the Backbench Business Committee have been forthcoming. We are not yet completely open for business, but I hope that by Monday we will be and that on Tuesday we can have […]

Backing for David Jones

A Gateshead man living with Morquio Syndrome has taken his fight for treatment to Parliament with Ian’s backing. David Jones has been receiving Vimizim as a trial for his condition, which has enabled him to continue to work and lead a full life, but now that is under threat because of the cost of the […]

Ian ‘flabbergasted’ by Harman

Ian has expressed his shock at hearing what Labour’s acting leader said about welfare cuts. Speaking on television, Harriet Harman indicated that Labour would not be opposing the cuts to child tax credits and Ian has rejected advice that Labour MPs could just stay away from the vote. Ian said, ”I was flabbergasted to hear […]

Tribute to 30,000th Last Post

Ian has tabled a Commons motion paying tribute to the 30,000th playing of the Last Post at the Menin Gate. The fire service at Ypres have played this at the Menin Gate memorial to the fallen servicemen who died in the First World War almost continuously since 1928 and the playing attracts large crowds of […]

09/07/15 Backbench Business Committee

Commons Hansard 9 Jul 2015 Backbench Business Committee Mr. Ian Mearns (Gateshead): I am sure that Members on both sides of the House will have noticed the complete absence in the business statement of any time for debates on subjects nominated by the Backbench Business Committee. Will the Leader of the House please allocate us […]

Government’s ‘Living wage’ too low

Ian has hit out at George Osborne’s so-called living wage. He points out that the real living wage is much higher now that what the Chancellor is promising for next year. Ian commented, The current UK Living Wage is £7.85 an hour .The current London Living Wage is £9.15 an hour. £7.20 per hour in […]

07/07/15 – Uncorrected Transcript

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill High Speed Rail Committee 7 Jul 2015 Afternoon IN ATTENDANCE Mr Timothy Mould QC, Lead Counsel, Department for Transport; Mr Robert Latham, Counsel, HS2 Euston Action Group; Mr Meyric Lewis, Counsel, Remavon Limited WITNESSES Sir Keir Starmer QC MP; The Rt. Hon. Mr Frank Dobson; Mr Blake […]

06/07/15 Backbench Business

Commons Hansard 6 Jul 2015 Backbench Business Mr. Ian Mearns (Gateshead): On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Just this afternoon I have been informed that unfortunately, no nominations for membership of the Backbench Business Committee have been forthcoming from the Government. Will you indulge me by using your offices to see whether nominations can […]

Ian’s Somme diary

Ian travelled to the small French village of Authuille to remember the Tyneside lads who fought there a century ago. He was among the guests of honour at the ceremony to unveil a memorial to the 16th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers, known as the ‘Commercials’ because they were from the retail sector on Tyneside. […]