Debates between Helen Whately and Theresa May

There have been 18 exchanges between Helen Whately and Theresa May

1 Wed 24th July 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (377 words)
2 Wed 12th June 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (292 words)
3 Wed 8th May 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Scotland Office
3 interactions (421 words)
4 Tue 12th March 2019 European Union (Withdrawal) Act
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (196 words)
5 Wed 13th February 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
4 interactions (329 words)
6 Mon 21st January 2019 Leaving the EU
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (171 words)
7 Mon 10th December 2018 Exiting the European Union
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (173 words)
8 Wed 5th December 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
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9 Thu 15th November 2018 EU Exit Negotiations
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10 Mon 22nd October 2018 October EU Council
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3 interactions (122 words)
11 Wed 18th July 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Wales Office
2 interactions (158 words)
12 Mon 9th July 2018 Leaving the EU
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (132 words)
13 Wed 16th May 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (211 words)
14 Mon 16th April 2018 Syria
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3 interactions (234 words)
15 Mon 5th March 2018 UK/EU Future Economic Partnership
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16 Wed 6th September 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (277 words)
17 Wed 19th July 2017 Oral Answers to Questions
Cabinet Office
3 interactions (223 words)
18 Thu 22nd June 2017 Grenfell Tower
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Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Wednesday 24th July 2019

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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24 Jul 2019, 12:55 p.m.

My advice to all women is to be true to yourself, persevere, keep going and be true to the vision that you are working for. I congratulate the hon. Lady on her election as leader of her party. I am pleased that we have a Member representing a Scottish constituency who is a leader of a United Kingdom party. That goes to show that we are one United Kingdom, and MPs from the four nations of our Union sit in this House on the basis of equality. I also congratulate the hon. Lady on becoming the first woman to lead her party. As I stand down, I am pleased to be able to hand the baton on to another female leader of a political party.

As I look around the Chamber, I have to say that we almost have a full set. My party has had two women leaders, the Liberal Democrats now have a woman leader, and the SNP has a woman leader, as does the DUP, Plaid and the Greens. Even—[Interruption.] Wait for it. Even the independent TIGger group, Change UK, or whatever they are calling themselves this week, are now on to their second woman leader. There is only one party in this House letting the side down: the Labour party.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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24 Jul 2019, 12:56 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend for all she has done for women in Parliament and in this country, from co-founding Women2Win to tackling domestic abuse and modern slavery and legislating to make our society more equal. Will she urge her successor to build on her work and make Britain the best place in the world to be a woman?

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24 Jul 2019, 12:56 p.m.

I am very happy to urge that commitment for the future. I thank my hon. Friend for raising that issue. I am very pleased that under my Government, we have seen the gender pay gap at a record low, female employment at a record high and a record percentage of women on executive boards. With our women’s empowerment road map, we are now looking at how we can empower women in this country from school to retirement. I want women in this country to feel that there are no limits to how far they can go and what they can do with their lives.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Wednesday 12th June 2019

(1 year, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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12 Jun 2019, 12:47 p.m.

Actually this Government have taken a lead on single-use plastics. We have been taking action on plastics and I am pleased to say that we are also encouraging other countries around the world. Our alliance with a number of countries in the Commonwealth on this issue is also seeing action being taken. We are particularly concerned for small island states in relation to marine plastic. We will continue the fight against single-use plastic, but this Government have a record to be proud of.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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12 Jun 2019, 12:47 p.m.

Our national health service is brilliant because of the people who work in it. The new people plan recognises that and the importance of investing in training staff and truly valuing them, from the top to the bottom of the NHS. Will my right hon. Friend do all she can to ensure that that is put into practice so that our constituents get the healthcare that they need and want?

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My hon. Friend is absolutely right to recognise the fact that our NHS depends on the excellent people working within it. I would like to thank all the staff across the NHS for all they do day in, day out. The people plan is a very important opportunity to take action now and in the long-term to meet challenges of supply, reform, culture and leadership and to make the NHS a better place to work. The interim plan sets out several practical steps that the NHS will now take to increase the supply of clinical staff, and the final people plan will be published after the spending review. This is a very important element of the 10-year plan for the NHS and I wholeheartedly support the efforts to improve the NHS as a place to work for its staff.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Wednesday 8th May 2019

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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8 May 2019, 12:17 p.m.

There are more people alive today because our cancer treatment has improved than would have been the case in 2010. At the previous election, someone said that an extra £7 billion for the NHS would

“give our NHS the resources it needs to deliver the best possible care for patients.”

I wonder who that was. It was none other than the Leader of the Opposition. Are this Government giving the NHS £7 billion? No! Are they giving it twice that—£14 billion? No! They are giving the NHS £20 billion. I am proud of this Government’s record and the Conservative party’s record on the NHS. It is the Conservative party that is giving the NHS its biggest cash boost in its history. It is the Conservative party that is giving it a sustainable 10-year long-term plan to ensure that it is there for people in the future. Under the Conservative party, we have seen more nurses and more doctors in our national health service dedicated to caring for patients. That is only possible because it is the Conservative Government who manage our economy and manage our public finances. A Labour party in government would crash our economy, meaning less money for the NHS, less money for its staff and less care for its patients.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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Q4. May I join the Prime Minister in congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their son? Was it not wonderful to see Prince Harry bursting with happiness as he shared the news with the nation? I do hope that he will be taking some time off to spend with Meghan and the baby, but statutory paternity leave is just two weeks and take-up of shared parental leave is low. Will my right hon. Friend consider introducing a longer period of paid parental leave just for partners, which will be good for new dads, mums and their children? [910751]

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8 May 2019, 12:18 p.m.

My hon. Friend has raised an important issue and I thank her for doing so. I recognise the importance of this for many parents. Currently, parents can use the shared parental leave and pay scheme to take up to six months off work together, or to stagger their leave and pay so that one of them is always at home with their child in the first year. We are evaluating the shared parental leave and pay scheme. We want to see how we can improve the system for parents. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy hopes to publish findings on this issue later this year.

European Union (Withdrawal) Act

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Tuesday 12th March 2019

(1 year, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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12 Mar 2019, 2:29 p.m.

Obviously, the Attorney General has been involved in the discussions that we have been having with the European Union, but at the end of the day it is up to him to make his legal opinion and to give his legal advice to this House, which is exactly what he has done.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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12 Mar 2019, 2:29 p.m.

I thank my right hon. Friend for giving way. As she has just said, this is the deal. Is it not the case that if Parliament votes against this deal and then, in the forthcoming days, votes for an extension, that would not only be incredibly bad for businesses, which desperately want an end to this uncertainty, but risk putting the ball in the EU’s court in determining the terms of that extension?

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12 Mar 2019, 2:21 p.m.

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. First, all that that would do is extend the uncertainty. Secondly, it is not a guarantee that any extension would be agreed by the European Union or that it would agree an extension in the terms in which the United Kingdom asked for it. An extension has to be agreed by all of the parties, and that includes the 27 members of the European Union.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Wednesday 13th February 2019

(1 year, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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Q1. If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 13 February. [909176]

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13 Feb 2019, midnight

Later today, this House will have an opportunity to pay tribute to the Clerk of the House, Sir David Natzler. May I take this opportunity to add my own? Sir David has served this House for over 40 years with dedication and tireless devotion. His support and advice on parliamentary procedure and business has been invaluable, and I know that Members from all sides of the House will want to join me in thanking him for his service and wishing him the very best for the future.

This morning, I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, and, in addition to my duties in the House, I shall have further such meetings later today.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately
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13 Feb 2019, 12:04 p.m.

May I too pay tribute to the work of the Clerk of the House?

In January, the mother of a three-year-old girl was convicted of female genital mutilation. It is our first FGM conviction, but a chilling reminder that young girls are still being cut not just in Africa and around the world but here in the UK. Will my right hon. Friend make Government time to progress the Bill of my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith) to protect more girls from this abhorrent practice?

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13 Feb 2019, 12:05 p.m.

My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise this abhorrent practice and to recognise the importance of the first prosecution that took place on female genital mutilation here in the UK. It is only right that we find time for this Bill, and the Government will provide time to deliver it. We have strengthened the law on FGM, leading to that first conviction, and we are helping communities around the world to end this appalling crime, but it is important that we give time to this Bill and act further to ensure that we end what is an absolutely abhorrent crime that scars young girls for the rest of their lives both physically and mentally.

Leaving the EU

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Monday 21st January 2019

(1 year, 12 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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21 Jan 2019, 5:14 p.m.

If the House does not want to leave with no deal, the House must come together and agree the deal that will secure the support of the House, and that is what we are working on.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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The Leader of the Opposition has told us that he would rule out no deal, but he has also said that he would rule in a second referendum. It seems that his support for unilateral disarmament is rather similar to his approach to Brexit negotiations. I thank my right hon. Friend for, by contrast, sticking to her guns.

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21 Jan 2019, 5:14 p.m.

I thank my hon. Friend for pointing that out. It is very important that the Government deliver for people and that we continue to deliver. It is interesting that, although the shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, the hon. Member for Brent North (Barry Gardiner), has referred to the Labour party’s position on a second referendum, I do not think the Leader of the Opposition has identified what he believes in relation to a second referendum.

Exiting the European Union

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Monday 10th December 2018

(2 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber

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As I said earlier, we will obviously be working hard in relation to the negotiations. I am sure hon. Members of this House, as a number have indicated, would want to make sure that we are putting our case in the most forceful way.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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On Friday I visited a haulage business in my constituency, and the owner told me how worried he is about the possibility of no deal and how it will affect his business. Does my right hon. Friend agree that, when we come to vote on the withdrawal agreement, we must remember the importance not only of honouring the referendum result but of the jobs and livelihoods that depend on trade with the European Union?

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It is very important both that we deliver on the result of the referendum and that we recognise the need to do that in a way that enables us to leave in a smooth and orderly way and that does, indeed, protect those many jobs that depend on the trading relationship with the European Union.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Wednesday 5th December 2018

(2 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber

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When the poorest lose out, it is when a Labour Government come in. What have this Government done? We have introduced the national living wage—Conservatives, not Labour. We have taken millions of people out of paying tax altogether—Conservatives, not Labour. Under this Government, 3.3 million jobs have been created.

Every Labour Government leave office with unemployment higher than when they went into office. What do we see under this Government? Our economy is growing, employment is rising, investment is up, we are giving the NHS the biggest single cash boost in its history, taxes are being cut and wages are rising. Labour would destroy all that. It is this Conservative Government who are building a brighter future for our country.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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Q6. As my right hon. Friend knows, none of us looks forward to a smear test, but it can make the difference between life and death. Worryingly, nearly a third of women are missing out on cervical screening. Can I ask my right hon. Friend what steps she and her Government are taking to make sure that more women get tested and do not suffer the terrible consequences of picking up cancer too late? [908026]

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5 Dec 2018, 12:20 p.m.

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising what is an important point. We do recognise that we need to do more to encourage women to undertake cervical screening tests. In October, we announced a package of measures that will be rolled out across the country, which has the aim of seeing three quarters of all cancers detected at an early stage by 2028. That will see a radical overhaul of the screening programmes, and they will be made more accessible and easier to use.

But I just want to give this very simple message, and I am able to do so standing at this Dispatch Box: smear tests are not nice. All those of us who have had smear tests recognise that they are not nice. But they are important. If you want to see cancer detected early, have your smear test. A few minutes of discomfort could be saving your life.

EU Exit Negotiations

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Thursday 15th November 2018

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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15 Nov 2018, 12:39 p.m.

No, that is not the case. Throughout this discussion and these negotiations, the interests of Northern Ireland have been one of the key issues that we have put at the forefront of our mind, because of the particular geographical circumstances of Northern Ireland and its land border with Ireland. Northern Ireland will leave the single market with the whole of the United Kingdom. There will be specific regulatory alignment, which I recognise is uncomfortable. It will be in that portion of the single market acquis that relates to matters that ensure that a frictionless border can take place between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

As the right hon. Gentleman will know, there are already some regulatory differences between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There is a question in the future, which I know has raised a concern, as to whether there will be regulatory divergence between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is possible for us, and we will make unilateral commitments to Northern Ireland in relation to that issue—because we are talking about a temporary period—of no regulatory divergence. The checks and controls actually relate to the degree of regulatory divergence, so if there is no regulatory divergence, obviously, that has an impact on reducing the necessity for any checks and controls. Crucially, the EU wanted to say that it would determine whether a good that was produced in Birmingham could be sold in Belfast. We were very clear that the EU could not determine that in the future. It will be the UK Government who make those determinations.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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As I stand here, I think hard about what this means for my constituents—many who voted passionately to leave, but many others who are worried about the impact of leaving on their livelihoods. I thank my right hon. Friend for all the work that she is doing to reconcile those two positions in a workable Brexit. As a Kent MP, I have a particular interest in avoiding delays at the border at Dover and gridlock in Kent. Can she say more about the progress made in the future relationship plans for our trade in goods?

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15 Nov 2018, 12:39 p.m.

First, I thank my hon. Friend for her comment and recognition that, by definition, in looking at these issues, there will be compromise. Obviously, people on both sides of the argument voted in the Brexit vote. I think the overwhelming view of the British people now is that they want to see the Government getting on and delivering Brexit for the British people.

My hon. Friend asks specifically about goods. We have expressly within the outline political declaration—we will flesh this out in the fuller future framework document—put as a key element, at the forefront of our thinking, the need to ensure we have a continuing good trading relationship, with seamless transfer of goods across borders.

October EU Council

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Monday 22nd October 2018

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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22 Oct 2018, 6 p.m.

I think that I have answered this question, and I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers that I gave earlier.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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22 Oct 2018, 6 p.m.

Negotiating a good deal is hard; anyone who has negotiated anything will know that it is hard to get a good deal and none of us has tried to negotiate anything like this. May I urge my right hon. Friend to continue to hold her nerve and not to capitulate, as some would have her do? I urge her to hold her nerve and negotiate the best possible deal for my constituents and our country.

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22 Oct 2018, 6 p.m.

Absolutely. This is the time when we need to hold our nerve as we come to the end of these negotiations, to get that good deal.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Wednesday 18th July 2018

(2 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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Q5. Thirty-one member countries of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance have an agreed definition of anti-Semitism. Does my right hon. Friend agree that all political parties should adopt that definition, and its examples, without amendments or omissions? [906524]

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18 Jul 2018, 12:20 p.m.

I agree with my hon. Friend that all political parties should do just that. The Conservative party has done that, but sadly the Labour party does not agree. The Labour party is trying to redefine anti-Semitism to allow people to say that Israel is a racist endeavour. The Chief Rabbi says that what the Labour party is doing is sending

“an unprecedented message of contempt”

for British Jews. Even some of the right hon. Gentleman’s own MPs are saying that this is anti-Semitic. Anti-Semitism is racism. The Labour party should accept that. The right hon. Gentleman should accept that. We should all sign up, as the Conservative party has, to the definition of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and all its annexes.

Leaving the EU

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Monday 9th July 2018

(2 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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9 Jul 2018, 5:06 p.m.

The Government have only one interest in jobs, and that is their interest in the jobs of the people of this country, and in ensuring prosperity in the future.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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9 Jul 2018, 5:07 p.m.

Brexit has divided the country. With that in mind, may I suggest to my right hon. Friend that it is essential for us to pursue a Brexit that is true to the referendum result and supports the aspirations and incomes of people whose jobs depend on trade with the European Union?

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9 Jul 2018, 5:07 p.m.

That is precisely the approach that the Government have taken. We want a smooth and orderly Brexit. We want a Brexit that protects jobs and livelihoods. However, we also want to keep faith with the British people and deliver on what they voted for, and that is exactly what we will do.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Wednesday 16th May 2018

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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16 May 2018, 12:36 p.m.

It remains true that, to uphold its principles, we are putting more money into the national health service. In November 2017 my right hon. Friend the Chancellor announced that a further £10 billion is going into the national health service. I have said that we will have a review for a long-term plan for the national health service, which will include multi-year funding. The hon. Lady refers to the numbers of doctors and nurses, and we have more nurses and more doctors in our national health service today than we did when we came into government.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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16 May 2018, 12:36 p.m.

A growing number of university students are struggling with their mental health and, tragically, suicide has risen among students. My right hon. Friend has shown her commitment to mental health among young people with the plans for mental healthcare in schools. Will she make the mental health of university students her next priority?

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My hon. Friend of course raises an important point. As she says, we have put a focus on the mental health of children in schools because we know that a significant proportion of mental health problems start before a child reaches the age of 14. She makes an important point about university students, and that is certainly something I will look into.

Syria

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Monday 16th April 2018

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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16 Apr 2018, 6 p.m.

We have not ignored the United Nations. We have tried to work through the United Nations, but Russia has vetoed action in the United Nations. If the hon. Gentleman is saying that this country should effectively give Russia a veto over our foreign policy, then I have to say to him that I absolutely disagree. The United Kingdom Government will determine the United Kingdom’s foreign policy—nobody else.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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16 Apr 2018, 6 p.m.

Russia is waging a propaganda war and it is involved in the cover-up. It is reporting that the attack was staged and it has, over many months, systematically and strategically used social media to undermine western engagement and intervention in Syria. While it is right to hold the Government to account, does my right hon. Friend agree that the Leader of the Opposition is at risk of becoming a voice for our country’s enemies?

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16 Apr 2018, 6 p.m.

It is important that everybody across this House is in no doubt about the way in which Russia has supported the Syrian regime and the way in which Russia has acted. That has meant it has been much harder to do what the Leader of the Opposition and others have looked for, which is to bring an end to the conflict in Syria. Russia is playing a negative role. It could play a positive role. We should be in no doubt about the actions Russia has taken and the role it is playing.

UK/EU Future Economic Partnership

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Monday 5th March 2018

(2 years, 10 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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5 Mar 2018, 4:44 p.m.

There was a time when the Liberal Democrats actively wanted a referendum on EU membership. We gave the people a referendum, they voted, and there will be no second referendum, no exit from Brexit; we are leaving the EU and delivering on the vote of the people.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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May I thank the Prime Minister for her clear-sighted approach—as opposed to one that sees our negotiations with the EU through foggy red lenses of a battle between socialism and capitalism—and commitment to securing an agreement that is good for the whole UK and that will endure the test of time?

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5 Mar 2018, 4:45 p.m.

My hon. Friend has raised an important point that nobody else has referenced: this agreement needs to endure. The worst thing would be if we came to an agreement that in a few years was beginning to unravel. It is important that the agreement be an arrangement and partnership with the EU that will, as she says, stand the test of time.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Wednesday 6th September 2017

(3 years, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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6 Sep 2017, 12:25 p.m.

First, I extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the hon. Lady’s constituent who died in those tragic circumstances. The hon. Lady has raised an important issue. We should welcome the fact that the prosecution team were able to find legislation under which they were able to take a prosecution, but she makes a general point about ensuring that our legislation keeps up to date with developments, and I am sure that the Secretary of State for Transport will look at the issue.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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Q4. Living near a natural green space is good for physical and mental health, but people in the most deprived areas of the country are the least likely to do so. My right hon. Friend has committed to reducing inequality and improving mental health, so I ask her to read the new report published by the Conservative Environment Network and masterminded by my hon. Friend the Member for Taunton Deane (Rebecca Pow) and to take on board its recommendation to consider the environment across Government policy. [900627]

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I thank my hon. Friend for that. She has campaigned on and has a particular interest in the whole question of mental health. I welcome the fact that she has raised the health benefits of green space, which are becoming ever more recognised, and I know that the Conservative Environment Network highlights that in its report. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be producing a 25-year environment plan. It will consider the evidence within that report and will focus on what can be done to ensure that the benefits provided by access to green space are available to all segments of society.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Wednesday 19th July 2017

(3 years, 6 months ago)

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19 Jul 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Well, I am always happy to visit the west midlands. I am particularly pleased to visit the west midlands under its new Mayor, Andy Street, who is doing a very good job. The hon. Gentleman mentioned automated vehicles. This country is a leader in automated vehicles. That is part of building a strong economy and that is what this Government are doing.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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Q4. Our national health service was last week judged the best, safest and most affordable healthcare system—better than that of France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. Too often in this House, we focus on the negatives. I have heard the Labour party attempt to weaponise the NHS. Will my right hon. Friend—and, I hope, the Leader of the Opposition when he stands—congratulate NHS staff on their skills and dedication, and on the hard work they have put in to achieve these high standards? [900574]

Theresa May Portrait The Prime Minister
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I am very happy to stand here and congratulate all NHS staff, who are delivering such a fantastic service and who have made the NHS, once again—this is not the first time—the No. 1 health system in the world. We are determined to continue to enable that high level of service to be provided, which is why we will be investing more than half a trillion pounds in our NHS between 2015 and 2020.

Grenfell Tower

Debate between Helen Whately and Theresa May
Thursday 22nd June 2017

(3 years, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Cabinet Office
Theresa May Portrait The Prime Minister
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22 Jun 2017, 10:54 a.m.

The important point about the Berkeley Homes development is that it is being ring-fenced for people who have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. That is the significance of this; it will be available purely for the people who have lost their home and been displaced as a result of this tragedy.

Helen Whately Portrait Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
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We have heard that the residents of Grenfell Tower had spoken out about their fears but not been listened to, like so many of our constituents, on whose behalf we, as MPs, frequently write to organisations asking for them to be given a fair hearing, despite the dedication of many thousands of staff. I ask my right hon. Friend to look at the management systems and culture in organisations that serve the public to work out what needs to change to ensure that every citizen of this country, whoever and wherever they are, are not just heard but listened to.

Theresa May Portrait The Prime Minister
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22 Jun 2017, 10:54 a.m.

My hon. Friend raises an important matter. We must ensure that organisations that have a responsibility to the public do indeed listen to the public. With regard to any future disasters that should take place, I am considering the concept of an independent public advocate—somebody who can ensure that answers are given. They should ensure that people get not just the support that they need, but the answers that they need.