Debates between Dean Russell and Boris Johnson during the 2019 Parliament

Wed 14th April 2021
2 interactions (158 words)
Wed 27th January 2021
3 interactions (228 words)
Mon 12th October 2020
3 interactions (151 words)
Wed 12th February 2020
3 interactions (161 words)
Wed 5th February 2020
3 interactions (150 words)

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Debate between Dean Russell and Boris Johnson
Wednesday 14th April 2021

(3 months, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber

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Dean Russell Portrait Dean Russell (Watford) (Con)
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It is a year this week since I had the privilege of starting to volunteer at Watford General Hospital, and over that time I have been fortunate and privileged to work alongside some inspirational and selfless volunteers. As the nation reflects this week on the importance of schemes to support young people, may I ask the Prime Minister whether he will meet me to explore the creation of an NHS cadet scheme to pay tribute to those who have volunteered over the past year and also create a lasting legacy for generations to come? (914251)

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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Yes, indeed. I thank my hon. Friend for what he is doing. I thank everybody at Watford General Hospital for the support they have given throughout the pandemic, particularly the volunteers, who play a massive part in our vaccination roll-out programme. I fully support the NHS cadet scheme—part of our work to establish a volunteering legacy for young people following the pandemic.

Covid-19 Update

Debate between Dean Russell and Boris Johnson
Wednesday 27th January 2021

(6 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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Yes, indeed. The hon. Gentleman is right to raise the problem of differential learning. Unquestionably, some kids, and some families, in some parts of the country have suffered more of a break in their education than others; there is absolutely no doubt about it. That is why we are going to focus so much on the catch-up funds that I have identified. Of course, Greater Manchester will be targeted for all the measures that we have outlined this morning and more to come.

Dean Russell Portrait Dean Russell (Watford) (Con) [V]
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Across Watford we have incredible teachers. Will the Prime Minister, like me, thank them for the incredible work they have been doing in keeping schools open for key workers’ children? Will he also confirm his priority to make sure that schools can reopen as soon as it is safe to do so, in line with the advice from our scientific and medical advisers?

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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My hon. Friend and I have visited wonderful schools in his constituency together; we know the fantastic job they are doing. I know from talking to those teachers and those pupils how much they will be looking forward now to getting back into school. I can tell my hon. Friend that we will do everything we can to speed it up, but we must be cautious; we must make sure that we do it in tandem—pari passu—with the roll-out of the vaccine.

Covid-19 Update

Debate between Dean Russell and Boris Johnson
Monday 12th October 2020

(9 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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I am proud of this Government’s record in raising the living wage by record sums. The hon. Lady will have heard what I said earlier about continuing with our support for universal credit—continuing with the uplift in universal credit—for the whole of this financial year.

Dean Russell Portrait Dean Russell (Watford) (Con)
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While I was volunteering just this morning at Watford General Hospital, where it happens to be Think Clean week, the wonderful specialist infection prevention and control support worker Cheryl Atkins used an ultraviolet system to show me how easily this or any virus can spread through poor hand hygiene. Does the Prime Minister agree that it is incumbent on us all to fight covid by washing our hands regularly and by following the incredibly simple yet tremendously powerful guidance of “Hands, face, space”?

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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I agree totally with my hon. Friend, and it should be Think Clean week in Watford and across the whole of the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Dean Russell and Boris Johnson
Wednesday 12th February 2020

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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I really think the right hon. Gentleman needs to consult his memory better. He would find that this country and this Government have persistently called for the end of the Assad regime, and indeed have led the world in denouncing the cruelty of the regime towards Assad’s own people. That has continuously been the policy of the British Government.

Dean Russell Portrait Dean Russell (Watford) (Con)
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Q3. Will the Prime Minister join me in supporting a new initiative I am launching in my constituency to train mental health first aiders in schools, workplaces and the community throughout the constituency to tackle loneliness and challenge mental health stigma, and may I ask whether he could find time in his diary to join me at the launch? [900760]

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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I thank my hon. Friend for what he is doing to champion mental health services in Watford. We are massively increasing support for good mental health in schools, and, if I can, I will do my best to attend the launch event.

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Debate between Dean Russell and Boris Johnson
Wednesday 5th February 2020

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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5 Feb 2020, 12:30 p.m.

The report will of course be published—as the hon. Gentleman knows full well—when the Intelligence and Security Committee is reconstituted, and I think that his conspiratorial frame of mind is likely to be thoroughly disappointed by the results.

Dean Russell Portrait Dean Russell (Watford) (Con)
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5 Feb 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Commuters in Watford are fed up with poor rail services making them late for work in the mornings and late returning home at night to see their families. Does the Prime Minister agree that even new rail franchises that do not deliver cannot assume that they will keep their contracts if they do not sort out those issues as soon as possible?

Boris Johnson Portrait The Prime Minister
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5 Feb 2020, 12:31 p.m.

Absolutely, and that is why we are putting £48 billion into improving our railways as part of the infrastructure revolution. We should never forget that that lot over there would renationalise the railways. When railways were nationalised, a quarter of rail users deserted the network; after privatisation, rail use doubled.