WATCH – My question today to the Minister asking what the Government are doing to ensure other club’s claims against Derby County don’t prevent them being purchased.

It was disappointing that the Sports Minister wasn’t there for all the questions. I raised a Point of Order to urge relevant ministers to attend matters of this importance in future.

We’ve all had Prime Ministers we didn’t rate or agree with, but none have debased the Office like this one.

WATCH – My question to Boris Johnson at #PMQs today and his answer.

Many People in Chesterfield have been asking about booster vaccine availability.

I had a long conversation about it today and thisis the full local picture

I spoke to Derbyshire CCG this afternoon and they had not been given the assurances needed to deliver the expansion of the Booster Programme the Prime Minister promised yesterday.

I have just raised their concerns with Sajid Javid – here’s what he had to say

Even before Covid the Apprenticeship Levy has led to a 36% reduction in the number of people doing apprenticeships and the Charted Iinstitute of Personnel and Development described the Levy as having failed by every measure.

The Secretary of State’s answer to my question shows the Government have no plan to address their failure on apprenticeships.

My speech from the front bench summarising the debate on the skills bill.

The bill is in danger of being a huge missed opportunity. It lacks a strategic vision, is undermined by its lack of scale and urgency and fails to address failure on apprenticeships at all.

I visited the Stagecoach depot in Chesterfield today where we discussed their efforts to increase recruitment to address staff shortages.

I also got the chance to drive a bus. Anyone fancy me driving the number 39 next week?

With Gaz Jackson, from National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) discussing their compaign to improve staff wages and end the bus driver shortage here in Chesterfield. I have also spoken to Stagecoach today and I hope they can agree a deal so that industrial action is averted.

This year it is important that as many people as possible receive the flu jab. I went to Peak Pharmacy to get mine and discussed why this year’s rollout was so critical.

It’s particularly agonising when a woman is murdered when opportunities weren’t taken to help them, as happened in the Gracie Spinks’ case.
 
In this question in Parliament, I made the case that there must be a more consistent approach to spare more families of young women from this anguish.

The Tories take the East Midlands for granted.

My speech in Parliament on the need for the Staveley bypass, failure on HS2 and why safe Tory seats means the East Midlands is back of the queue for investment.

Earlier this week #ListeningtoChesterfield came to Brimington South with Cllr Ian Callan and the Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Cllr Tricia Gilby

This summer I will be speaking to local people in every ward in the constituency. As Chesterfield’s MP it is important that I know what local people think so please take the time to speak to me and my team or complete the survey if it comes through your letterbox.

I won’t be able to get to every house in Chesterfield, but you can complete the survey online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ListeningtoChesterfield2021

Today I visited Juniper Training, a provider of training and apprenticeships in Chesterfield.

I discussed Labour’s wage subsidy idea and challenges and opportunities in apprenticeships with management and learners.

Courts backlog is a nightmare for victims of crime.

I told the House of Commons that my constituent, a multiple victim of violence at the hands of a single perpetrator can’t wait for Government court backlog in order to start being safe.

The Defence Secretary’s angry tirade can’t hide the truth. This government claimed that armed force strength would be secured under them in 2019, then they cut out army by 10,000 within 18 months.

Never believe that Britain is safer under the Tories.

The Government don’t say what they mean as my response to the Queen’s Speech exposes.

I agree with the Minister about the Great work of Primary Care Networks, but my question was why are they prioritising national centres when the Chesterfield Hub is only open 2 days next week.

Following the concerns raised this week I was delighted to see the enforcement measures and efficient diligence of all the team down at the Winding Wheel centre. Here, Dr PJ Flann updates us on the latest situation in Chesterfield.

Even Tory MPs are rightly raising the concern that BTEC exam indecision creates two tier student groups.

My question on the victims of the Secretary of State’s serial indecision.

This is the food parcel that Tory Derbyshire Council are providing for free school meals children for 2 weeks. It replaced a £30 voucher, so I went shopping to see how much it cost – just £14.14.

Shameful profiteering at the expense of hungry kids.

The Health Secretary’s arrogant and dismissive response to this question is an insult to people in Chesterfield, to the hospitality sector and to every school teacher who still has no idea what the plans for January are.

Our Armed Forces have done great work helping the UK to combat COVID.

My question and the Ministry of Defence Minister’s answer exposes how stretched our Armed Forces are and lack of new requests for help.

Britain’s publicans are facing a catastrophic Christmas. I have been contacted by many publicans who say that a lack of a financial package may mean they don’t open their doors again.

I urged the Chancellor to introduce financial support that might see them through the winter.

Toby Perkins’ speech in the debate about #UnionLearn abolition. A nakedly political choice to reduce life chances for low paid workers because Gavin Williamson can’t stand unions.

The Government have had 8 months to provide support for all the Excluded UK workers. I raised the issue of SME business owners, if they go under so do their firms and their employees. The Minister’s response offers them nothing.

Businesses and workers are angry in Chesterfield and I am too. My angry exchange with the Prime Minister in Parliament today in which I told him that his failure to act decisively would cost lives and livelihoods.

“They don’t even lie well.”

 

The government’s naked attempt to divide the North and seek political advantage from the Tier 3 Covid row has really made me mad, as I expressed in this speech Today.

Toby’s question to Matt Hancock on the Government selling out the North.

It says everything about this Government that they believe that paying £7,000 per day to consultants to work on the failing rest and trace programme is an adequate amount while at the same time thinking £8 per head is enough support for people in Manchester and across the Midlands and North to go into Tier 3

Proud to give my support to @AoC_info #LoveOurColleges Week.

Colleges are the heart of our communities and essential to our post-Covid recovery #CollegesWeek During #LoveOurColleges Week I’d like to pay tribute to our FE colleges who perform sterling work in the face of a decade of govt cuts #CollegesWeek

Labour want Colleges to have the resources they need to help lead Britain out of a jobs crisis. That’s why we #loveourcolleges #collegesweek

Toby Perkins’ message to local people after the news earlier that Chesterfield will move to the High Covid alert level from midnight on Friday.

Toby Perkins speech on Track and Trace

Toby asks the Prime Minister what support will be offered to those pubs that manage to stay open but have become an unviable business due to the restrictions that they must adhere to.

Toby asks the Apprenticeship Minister why the Government’s policies on apprenticeships have the effect of reducing the amount of people doing level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships.

Toby Perkins asks what suport the Government is providing for publicans who are abiding by Government restrictions that mean a loss of trade.

Toby Perkins asks the Sports Secretary what the Government’s plans are to support clubs like Chesterfield FC who suffered a hammer blow when fan return was postponed.

Toby questions the Education Minister about funding support for the FE sector

Toby Perkins asks the Leader of the House if there can be a debate in Government time regarding HS2’s objections to an extension of Chesterfield Canal and their belief that the two projects are curently incompatible.

Toby Perkins asks the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care what can be done to ensure the testing system works when in people in Chesterfield have not experienced the ‘world class’ system the Government promised.

Toby Perkins visits Chesterfield College on GCSE results day but is woried about the delays to BTEC results being released

Toby Perkins, , gives his views on Adoption UK’s Better Futures report and what needs to be done to properly support adopted young people in education.

Toby Perkins visits the Coronavirus Testing Centre at the Proact Stadium which has just opened for the general public

Toby Perkins urges the Home Secretary to make sure that she has the resources available to ensure that those affected by the Windrush scandal have their applications to stay in the UK dealt with urgently.

Toby Perkins tells the House of Commons that regional scrutiny of politics plays a vital role in holding local MPs to accountin debate about ‘review’ of regional #BBC Sunday Politics and Inside Out.

Toby Perkins’ question to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury asking whether the Government were going to review the Self Emplyed Suport Scheme to make it better and ensure those that need the support have access to it.

Toby questions the Leader of the House of about the dificulty that local people are facing regarding getting appointments for Coronavirus tests at the Proact Stadium

VAR Westminster Hall debate – 17/03/2020

Toby Perkins’ question to the Defence Minister.

Toby’s speech in the Social Care debate where he spoke against Derbyshire County Council’s plans to close The Spinney in Brimington, the impact that 9 years of austerity has had on social care and why many Local Authorities are setting care companies up to provide inadequate care when they tender contracts.

I told the Housing Secretary that the Government have caused homelessness through their benefit cuts which meant that one bedroom flats are unaffordable to people on benefits. I hope he takes the action he hints at.

Toby Perkins’ speech in the Homelessness debate – 29/01/2020

Toby asks the Welfare Minister if the Government will pay housing element of Universal Credit to Landlords instead of claimants. The Minister’s response misses the point completely.

Toby’s speech during the debate about the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

Toby Perkins is sworn in as the Member of Parliament for Chesterfield

Ross Kemp visited Chesterfield to show his support for Toby Perkins ahead of the General Election.

Jonathan Ashworth visits Chesterfield

Toby announces that up until the General Election he will be highlighting the things he has done for Chesterfield.

Toby’s intervention on the Prime Minister – 14/10/2019

Toby asks the First Secretary of State if he would confirm that domestic violence victims wouldn’t be denied crucial legislation being enacted by proroguing parliament.

Toby discusses plans to hold a meeting to gain information regarding local residents’ concerns about Hasland Hall Community School.

Toby spoke at the demonstration at DXC about potential job losses.

Toby’s question to the Prime Minister about the fact that schools, like Brampton Primary School, with higher numbers of SEN children face a funding penalty for their commitment.

Toby asks the Minister what he is able to tell us about the bidding process and how many compliant bids there were for the East Midland rail service and what benefits constituent in Chesterfield will see when the service moves to Abellio trains.

Toby’sspeech in the Local Government and Social Care Funding debate where he highlighted the positive work that Chesterfield Borough Council have done despite a huge 43.2% cut to Government funding compared to a 12% cut to the Secretary of State’s Local Authority.

Toby also raised the difficulties that the Social Care industry is experiencing and said that the Government need to step up to the mark and convince us they are serious about the social care funding crisis.

Toby’s interventions where he raises the fact that the Government have cut 43% of Chesterfield’s Local Government grant but in Secretary of State’s area (Old Bexley & Sidcup) cuts are just 12%, asked the Secretary of State if he recognised that the dozens of care homes and domestic care.

Toby Perkins asks the Minister what the Government are doing to bring serious pressure on Iran, not only on Human Rights abuses in their own country but in the appalling role they play across the Middle East.

Toby recently visited Our Vision Our Future to discuss their recent grant of £239,356 from the National Lottery

Toby refers to the amazing commitment to the Labour Party of Charles Smith MBE who died at 98 recently, having been a member for 84 years.

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