The Week in Westminster, 9 Feb

Local Government Finance

This included a further £1.3bn cut to council budgets and above inflation council tax rises for 2019/20

Tracey Crouch MP voted Yes
Kelly Tolhurst MP voted Yes
Cllr Rehman Chishti MP Voted Yes

Tracey in the News

Tracey’s Contributions

To the Commons Chamber

I welcome the draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 and the draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2019.

Social Security

Things Tracey Said


Kelly in the News

Kelly’s Contributions

To the General Committees

will also remove the UK from ongoing participation in two EU-based processes in the field of company law: the cross-border mergers regime and the business registers interconnection system.

On Draft Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships and Partnerships (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

To Westminster Hall

An individual’s entitlement to the minimum wage depends on whether they are deemed to be a worker. If they are a worker, their employment must pay at least the relevant national minimum or national living wage. Our legislation is clear on that.

Unpaid Work Trials

To the Commons Chamber

The Government share the concern that non-disclosure agreements have been used to hide workplace harassment and discrimination, or to intimidate victims into silence. That is clearly unacceptable. We will be consulting on measures to improve the regulation of non-disclosure agreements, including how best to ensure that workers understand their rights when they have signed a non-disclosure agreement.

Non-disclosure Agreements: Regulation

I would first like to point out that our franchise programme with the Post Office is not a closure programme, but a sustainability programme. On the franchising with WHSmith for the 41 post offices that the hon. Gentleman refers to, accessibility is key to the delivery of our 11,500 network of post offices in the UK. I personally make sure that that is covered when any new post office branch is being worked on.

On Topical Questions

Things Kelly said


Rehman in the News

‘Special place in HELL for EU’ Tory Brexiteer

I think there must be a special place in hell for them too” Cllr Chishti MP

Indian media not allowed into conference addressed by Pakistani foreign minister in UK parliament

The International Conference on Kashmir was billed as an event to express “solidarity” with the people of Kashmir.
Chaired by Rehman Chishti, a Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-born Conservative Party MP, the event was organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pakistan.

Rehman’s Contributions

To Commons Chamber

With regard to investment in the United Kingdom, having recently attended the opening session of the 116th United States Congress, it was clear that the US wants a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom. However, the US has legitimate concerns about whether the UK would be able to do that if it is tied into EU regulations in goods and services.

British Businesses Investing Overseas

Things Rehman said


What are your thoughts about Medway’s MPs and their performance in Parliament?
Is Kelly right that legislation is clear on unpaid work trials?
Was Tracey right to sign New Clause 23 of the Agriculture Bill which will make it illegal to eat dog and cat?
Does Rehman have a speech to make at Medway Council’s February budget regarding cuts he voted for? 
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