HMRC - Building for the Future

On Thursday 28th April Peter spoke in Westminster in the debate on HMRC: Building our Future Plan. 

This is a very important issue for Bootle constituency given the HMRC offices in Bootle are included in the re-organisation.  Peter is campaigning to keep these offices open and based in Bootle.   Read Peter’s speech in full.

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Rail and Road Access to Port of Liverpool

On Tuesday 19th April Peter secured a Westminster Hall Debate on Rail and Road Access to the Port of Liverpool.  This is a very important issue for Bootle constituency.  Here is Peter’s full speech.

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Police Funding Formula

Peter Dowd (Bootle) (Lab): The hon. Member for South Dorset (Richard Drax) is not in the Chamber, which is regrettable. He complained about the formula and the distribution. In my local authority over the past five years, we have had five times the amount of cuts that South Dorset has had. I am fearful that the police funding formula will do the same to policing as the Government did to local government.

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Police Funding, Crime and Community Safety

Peter Dowd (Bootle) (Lab): It is becoming increasingly apparent that we are not safe with the Tories. With underinvestment in the NHS, social care and local roads, with what is happening to the environment and the economy, and with the downward pressure on the pound, we are under threat from the Tories. We are not safe with them. Now, in our communities, there are attacks on the police, and all the Prime Minister can do is refer to the Leader of the Opposition’s tie. How pathetic is that?

The hon. Member for North West Hampshire (Kit Malthouse) talked about intelligence playing a crucial role in the police service. Of course it does, and significant amounts of that intelligence, certainly in my police force, come from neighbourhood policing, which is under the cosh. He talked about intelligence being important, but the very service that helps significantly with that at the neighbourhood level is under threat.

The hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Jake Berry) talked about special constables. They do a fantastic job, but they are additional to, not instead of, the police—that is absolutely crucial.

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Transitional State Pension Arrangements for Women

Peter Dowd (Bootle) (Lab): On transitional funding, is it about time that the Government started tackling rich corporate tax dodgers and stopped dodging poor women pensioners?

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Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Peter Dowd (Bootle) (Lab): Does my hon. Friend agree that there is a stark difference between the warm words of the Minister of Community and Social Care earlier on, when he talked about parity of esteem for mental health, and the proposals to penalise people with acute and chronic mental health problems?

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Motability Car Scheme

Peter Dowd: Is my hon. Friend aware of any action taken by the Government to ensure that the most vulnerable people with disabilities are protected from being isolated in their communities if they lose their eligibility for mobility service under the changes from DLA to PIP? I do not know of any, and neither do many disability organisations, including Muscular Dystrophy UK.

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Community Pharmacies

Peter Dowd (Bootle) (Lab): On that point, does the hon. Gentleman agree that what is needed is a joint, co-ordinated approach to planning investment and implementing change, in partnership with national and community pharmacy bodies, rather than pushing things through at a great pace?

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Supported Housing

Peter Dowd (Bootle) (Lab): What assessment he has made of the potential effect of planned reductions in social rents and housing benefit support on the provision of supported housing.

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Housing Benefit and Supported Housing

Peter Dowd (Bootle) (Lab): It is becoming increasingly apparent that this Government are one of the most pusillanimous in living memory when it comes to tackling the powerful and vested interests in this country. This pusillanimous approach extends to the interests of the media, the utilities and any companies that replenish the coffers of the Tory party. In fact, it also extends to the international community as well. The obsequious kowtowing to foreign Governments, such as those of China and Saudi Arabia, is cringe-worthy, embarrassing and not worthy of a British Government. It comes to something when the Italian Government have managed to get more taxes out of big corporations than the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and that is saying something.

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