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Matthew Pennycook

Labour - Greenwich and Woolwich

Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

(since April 2020)

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Significant Greenwich and Woolwich Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
106,128
Petition Closed

Give UK nurseries emergency funding if they have to close down amid COVID-19

Gov Responded - 14 Apr 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Matthew Pennycook's petition debate contributions
18 Sep 2020
closed 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If nurseries are shut down in view of Covid-19, the Government should set up an emergency fund to ensure their survival and ensure that parents are not charged the full fee by the nurseries to keep children's places.

18,137
Petition Closed

Provide financial support to performers and creators during the COVID-19 crisis

Gov Responded - 22 Jul 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Matthew Pennycook's petition debate contributions
19 Sep 2020
closed 2 months, 2 weeks ago

The prospect of widespread cancellations of concerts, theatre productions and exhibitions due to COVID-19 threatens to cause huge financial hardship for Britain's creative community. We ask Parliament to provide a package of emergency financial and practical support during this unpredictable time.

26,106
Petition Closed

Extend grants immediately to small businesses outside of SBRR

Gov Responded - 29 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Matthew Pennycook's petition debate contributions
8 Oct 2020
closed 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The cash grants proposed by Government are only for businesses in receipt of the Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Relief, or for particular sectors. Many small businesses fall outside these reliefs desperately need cash grants and support now.

154,814
Petition Closed

Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19

Gov Responded - 27 Mar 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Matthew Pennycook's petition debate contributions
12 Sep 2020
closed 2 months, 3 weeks ago

For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.

11,220
Petition Closed

Make nurseries exempt from business rates to support the childcare sector

Gov Responded - 2 Apr 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Matthew Pennycook's petition debate contributions
5 Sep 2020
closed 2 months, 4 weeks ago

After owning nurseries for 29 years I have never experienced such damaging times for the sector with rising costs not being met by the funding rates available. Business Rates are a large drain on the sector and can mean the difference between nurseries being able to stay open and having to close.

179,645
c. 889 added daily
191,492
(Estimated)

Offer more support to the arts (particularly Theatres and Music) amidst COVID-19

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 20 Jul 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Matthew Pennycook's petition debate contributions
15 Dec 2020
closes in 1 week, 5 days

As we pass the COVID-19 Peak, the Government should: State where the Theatres and Arts fit in the Coronavrius recovery Roadmap, Create a tailor made financial support mechanism for the Arts sector & Clarify how Social Distancing will affect arts spaces like Theatres and Concert Venues.

103,040
Petition Closed

Support the British aviation industry during the COVID-19 outbreak

Gov Responded - 7 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Matthew Pennycook's petition debate contributions
20 Sep 2020
closed 2 months, 1 week ago

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there are travel bans imposed by many countries, there is a disastrous potential impact on our Aviation Industry. Without the Government’s help there could be an unprecedented crisis, with thousands of jobs under threat.

10,780
Petition Closed

Business Rate Relief to be extended to all small businesses in healthcare.

Gov Responded - 5 Jun 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Matthew Pennycook's petition debate contributions
24 Oct 2020
closed 1 month, 1 week ago

To extend the business rate relief to all dental practices and medical and aesthetics clinics and any small business that’s in healthcare

135,479
Petition Closed

Provide financial help to zoos, aquariums, & rescue centres during the pandemic.

Gov Responded - 28 Jul 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020 View Matthew Pennycook's petition debate contributions
30 Oct 2020
closed 1 month ago

Zoos, aquariums, and similar organisations across the country carry out all sorts of conservation work, animal rescue, and public education. At the start of the season most rely on visitors (who now won't come) to cover annual costs, yet those costs do not stop while they are closed. They need help.


Most recent EDMs signed by Matthew Pennycook

Date Tabled Title Signatures
21 Jul 2020
Matthew Pennycook signed this EDM on Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Town and Country Planning

Tabled by: Keir Starmer (Labour - Holborn and St Pancras)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development and Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 632), dated 23 June 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 24 June 2020, be annulled.
55 signatures
(Most recent: 28 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 43
Liberal Democrat: 9
Conservative: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
Green Party: 1
4 Jun 2020
Matthew Pennycook signed this EDM on Thursday 11th June 2020

Legal Aid and Advice

Tabled by: David Lammy (Labour - Tottenham)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (S.I., 2020, No. 515), dated 15 May 2020, a copy of which was laid before this House on 18 May 2020, be annulled.
134 signatures
(Most recent: 28 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 113
Liberal Democrat: 8
Scottish National Party: 6
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
View All Matthew Pennycook's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

2 Urgent Questions tabled by Matthew Pennycook

Date Forum Title
22 Mar 2019 Commons Chamber European Council: Article 50 Extension
7 Nov 2017 Commons Chamber Exiting the EU: Sectoral Analysis

Matthew Pennycook has not been granted any Adjournment Debates in the current sitting

Matthew Pennycook has not introduced any legislation in the current parliamentary sitting


125 Written Questions

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Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties Red Diesel Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties Members: Correspondence Mortgages: Islam Brexit Brexit Brexit Insurance: Reciprocal Arrangements Financial Services Financial Services Financial Services Tax Avoidance Tax Avoidance Customs Treasury: Brexit Brexit Brexit UK Trade with EU Economic Situation Turkey: Customs Inheritance Tax Economic Situation: Immigration UK Trade with EU UK Trade With EU Carbon Emissions Yolo London: Redundancy Climate Change Convention Climate Change Convention Clean Growth Ministerial Group Clean Growth Ministerial Group Clean Growth Ministerial Group District Heating: Greenwich Free Movement of Labour Energy and Climate Change Climate Change EU Emissions Trading Scheme Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Brexit Manufactured Goods: Import Duties Flats: Greenwich and Woolwich Housing: Insulation High Rise Flats: Insulation Hospitals and Schools: Air Pollution Members: Correspondence Social Services: Children Service Charges Letting Agents Members: Correspondence Inland Waterways: Greater London Non-domestic Rates: Greater London Travel: Funerals Transport: Exhaust Emissions Electric Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries Parking: Cycleways Blue Badge Scheme Blue Badge Scheme Thameslink Industry Readiness Board Silvertown Tunnel Department for Transport: Brexit Railway Stations: Access Gender Recognition: Clinics Gender Recognition: Clinics NHS: Cybercrime NHS Trusts: Greater London NHS: Greater London Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich Department of Health: Brexit