Before the House of Commons rose for summer recess, on Tuesday 24th July, MPs were given the chance to raise various topics in the chamber during the summer adjournment debate.
Southend West MP Sir David Amess joined fellow parliamentarians to participate in the debate, addressing a number of matters concerning his constituency and other general areas of interest.
Speaking in the House of Commons chamber, Sir David said:
“I wish to raise several points before the House adjourns for the summer recess, and I am delighted that so many colleagues have stayed to contribute to this debate. We really need a week to do justice to all the subjects that we cover.”
The MP for Southend West went on to raise 24 topics in total, on issues such as teachers’ pay, the 2019 Loan Charge, the National Fund, Restoration and Renewal, Live Animal Exports and Southend Airport. Sir David also brought up various visits which he has made in recent months as well as certain cases relating to individual constituents.
“I was going to mention teachers’ pay, so I am delighted about today’s announcement of the 3.5% increase. I hope that that will do something to address the shortage of teachers.
“I went to the Hampton Court flower show, where Southend’s youth offending service gained its 10th medal in 11 years. The team was just one mark off the gold with its wonderful show called “A Place to Think”—I congratulate its members on their work.
“Several constituents have raised loan charges with me, and it is deeply unfair that individuals are being pursued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs for using entirely legal remuneration schemes involving loans. I urge the Government to initiate an open and truthful discussion on the matter.
“I was recently taken around the wonderful South Essex College by the deputy principal, Anthony McGarel. I also visited Edwards Hall Primary School and witnessed its scholars club, which gives young children the opportunity of a head start in working towards university education—a very big jump.
“On 14 June, I attended a rally in Parliament Square in support of banning live animal exports. My feelings about the horrific treatment that animals endure are amplified by my frustration that, despite the UK’s good record on animal welfare, we are powerless to ensure the equivalent treatment of British animals while in transit. I hope our animal welfare standards will spread throughout the world when we leave the European Union next year.
“Southend airport is wonderful, but I am getting more and more complaints about noise.
I am most angry on behalf of Mr Gregory Docherty. Four weeks ago his much-loved wife, Debbie, died of a brain tumour. Within four weeks, South Essex Homes sent him an eviction notice, despite his having lived in his property for 25 years. That is an absolute disgrace.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is fantastic, and tourism is booming as a result of the wonderful weather. I could go on and on about Southend. It is about time that it became a city.”
Sir David closed his speech by wishing the Deputy Speaker, the Speaker and all who work in Parliament a very happy summer.
You can read the full speech by following the link to the Hansard report online: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-07-24/debates/9DF2F3F9-C84E-4556-859A-AE233091A9AD/SummerAdjournment#contribution-8993ED0C-868D-4026-93FE-57D15ADA683E
You can also view the speech on Parliament TV: https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/83036152-7f77-4d63-98a6-1d82b563b395?in=16:16:41