Rachael Questions Prime Minister on Nestle

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In Westminster, at the last Prime Minister's Questions, the Prime Minister failed to give an assurance to York Central’s MP, Rachael Maskell, that the government would intervene to try and avert the 300 job losses announced by Nestle yesterday and safeguard future jobs.

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Business Rates in York

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On Monday (24 April) in the House of Commons, Rachael Maskell MP for York Central, called upon the Business Minister, Sajid Javid, to provide more help for small businesses in York which are struggling because of changes that the Government have made to Business Rates. 

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Voting For An Early General Election

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Voting in favour of an early General Election in Westminster this week, Rachael Maskell, Labour MP for York Central outlined Labour’s commitment to tackling Britain’s economic inequality, reversing the chronic under-investment in public services, and particularly our NHS, and to transform our country and our city with Labour’s agenda for change.

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Responding to Budget 2017

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The Chancellor’s failure to mention the impact of leaving the EU in his first Budget was “astounding” says Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central. The MP also expressed concern that today’s Budget, which took place on International Women’s Day, had little to offer women, who, she said, had experienced 86% of the cuts since 2010, in terms of job security, wages and family.

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Calling For Complete Review Of Surgery Ban

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central has called on the Secretary of State to initiate a complete review of the surgery ban imposed by the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Government Must Rethink Business Rates

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Business Rates are responsible for many businesses struggling to trade across the city, and the MP for York Central, Rachael Maskell, is calling on the Government to overhaul the proposed changes which the Government are planning to bring in with effect from 1 April.

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Speaking up for 1500 jobs at York Barracks - VIDEO

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central made a speech this week in Westminster to halt the planned closure of Imphal Barracks, York and save 1500 jobs in the city.

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Making the Case to Save Imphal Barracks

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This week, Rachael Maskell MP for York Central met with the Government Defence Minister over his decision to close Imphal Barracks by 2031. Following detailed discussions with the Armed Forces, families, the community, veterans, reserves and cadets, City of York Council, and the staff trade unions; the MP has written a detailed paper to highlight all the issues associated with the closure.

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Holocaust Memorial Day

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central attended the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration at York Minster’s historic Chapter House; remembering the victims of genocide from the Holocaust to the present day. In Westminster, Ms Maskell signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

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Urgent Question on Air Quality: VIDEO

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Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Environment Secretary, condemned the Government’s actions so far to clean up air quality, following a High Court ruling on Wednesday that heard ClientEarth win their case against the Government.

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Stop The Solar Tax Hike

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central is standing up for British clean energy industries and calling on  to stop the solar tax hike.

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Snaring Debate

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Last week in a debate brought before Parliament regarding snares, Rachael Maskell MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs called for a ban on the use of snares.

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Environment Questions

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Last week, Rachael Maskell MP led Labour's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs questions as the Shadow Secretary of State.

Like many government departments, it seems DEFRA was woefully underprepared for a decision to leave the European Union, despite the enormous role that the EU plays in the UK's agricultural sector. Some 65% of agricultural workers are EU born and yet no plans have been made to ensure their security in the coming months and years.

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Listen to our Armed Forces and take action

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Rachael Maskell MP has warned the Defence Secretary he must take urgent action on the pay, pensions, accommodation and morale of the Armed Forces, or risk worsening the crisis over staff retention. The latest Armed Forces Continuous Attitudes Survey, published last week, has revealed stark declines in the number of personnel who are satisfied with their finances and their housing.

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Queen's Speech Fails to Deliver 'Claudia's Law'

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York Central MP, Rachael Maskell, expressed her disappointment that the Queen’s Speech (18/05) did not include the Guardianship of a Missing Person Bill, known as ‘Claudia’s Law’.

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Fracking Question

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Yesterday, Rachael Maskell MP was in the House of Commons to ask an important question about fracking in Ryedale. Highlighting to Ministers that more than 4000 local people have spoken out about their deepening concern over fracking, Rachael asked whose opinion should matter more: the locals who will be affected, or the energy companies.

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Prime Minister's Questions - Bootham Park

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Last week, Rachael Maskell MP questioned David Cameron at Prime Minister's Question time over the closure of Bootham Park Hospital referring to the recently released NHS England and Healthwatch’s reports that highlighted the failures in the government’s Health and Social Care Act (2012) and the authorities and jurisdictions of partner organisations in securing a safe services.

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Forced Academisation

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"The Government’s plans to force all schools to become academies is a costly reorganisation of our schools from the top down and I know so many people in York are totally opposed to them. It is believed that it will take £1.3bn out of the education budget which could be used to support and improve the life chances of our children. At a time when schools are facing huge challenges caused by falling budgets and shortages of teachers, this is unnecessary and, I believe, it will harm standards in our schools. The vast majority of non-academies affected by this policy will be primary schools, and over 80 per-cent of these are already good and outstanding. The Government has not provided any evidence that schools are better off without the support of the local Authority, and all authoritative inquiries have said that there are no overall gains to being an academy.

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Upgrade of the Foss Barrier

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Last Thursday (17th March) in the House of Commons Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, asked the DEFRA Minister responsible for flooding, Rory Stewart, if the Government would fully fund improvements to the Foss barrier. The MP wants to ensure the capacity of the pumps at the barrier is 50 tonnes per second and not 40 tonnes per second which the current upgrade plan will bring it to.

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Backing the Air Quality Bill

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Rachael Maskell MP is supporting the Air Quality Bill, published this month with the support of the British Lung Foundation, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. The Bill, presented by fellow Labour Co-op MP Geraint Davies, follows a report from the Royal Colleges that diesel fumes cause 40,000 premature deaths every year from lung cancer, strokes and heart disease. Diesel fumes also lead to underdevelopment in children and impact on foetuses, among other health effects.

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Repairs for schools

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Earlier this week, York Central MP Rachael Maskell, called on the Government to rethink the way it determines how money is allocated for school repairs. Under the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) school buildings are prioritised on the basis of information from the property data survey programme. The aim of the survey is to identify where poor condition is most highly concentrated, as well as looking at places where the continued operation of the school is most at risk and where the cost of addressing the issues would present the greatest challenges.

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Questioning the Prime Minister

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During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (2nd March) in the House of Commons, York Central MP, Rachael Maskell told the Prime Minister, David Cameron, about York’s urgent need for affordable social rented accommodation. Ms Maskell is concerned that as the York Central site looks towards redevelopment no consideration has been given to the needs of York families who cannot afford to get onto the housing ladder and struggle to afford the high rents that private landlords demand.

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Supporting Blind Veterans UK

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Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Minister for Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans, has pledged to ensure that Armed Forces veterans will not have to battle blindness alone at a special parliamentary reception earlier this week, held at the House of Commons.

The reception, held on 23 February, was organised by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women, to raise awareness of the charity and to encourage all local authorities to work with Blind Veterans UK to reach out to more veterans with severe sight loss so that they are able to access the Charity’s free services and support.

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Bootham Park Hospital Speech

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Rachael Maskell MP for York Central secured a debate in Westminster to raise the closure of Bootham Park Hospital with the Government Minister.

If your browser starts the video from the beginning, you can skip to 16:00:03 to hear Rachael's speech.

Please find the transcript from Hansard below:

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Questions on Floods

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Yesterday in the House of Commons, Rachael Maskell MP questioned the Secretary of State about the Foss Barrier and York's flooding. You can watch the video above and read the transcript from Hansard below:

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