Canlyniadau 1–20 o 2273 ar gyfer speaker:Ian Blackford

Valedictory Debate (24 Mai 2024)

Ian Blackford: It is a real privilege to speak in this debate and listen to all the reflective speeches from right hon. and hon. Members right across the House. It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for West Suffolk (Matt Hancock). I do not know whether he recalls the engagement we used to have when he was at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. I actually regret that he moved on to the...

Valedictory Debate (24 Mai 2024)

Ian Blackford: The right hon. Gentleman is making an outstanding speech. I thank him for the role he played as Defence Secretary and the courtesy he showed to Members across the House, including the Leader of the Opposition, the then leader of the Liberal Democrats and myself. He was gracious enough to ensure we were briefed on a bi-weekly basis, because there are times when the House must come together...

Women’s State Pension Age: Ombudsman Report (16 Mai 2024)

Ian Blackford: Will the Minister give way?

Women’s State Pension Age: Ombudsman Report (16 Mai 2024)

Ian Blackford: My hon. Friend is making an important point. I want to go back to the Cridland report; I remember meeting Cridland at the time. On the issue of healthy life expectancy, to be told that the DWP did not hold such information because that was the responsibility of the Department of Health and Social Care shows the dysfunctionality and the lack of concern about people’s healthy life.

Women’s State Pension Age: Ombudsman Report (16 Mai 2024)

Ian Blackford: It is a considerable pleasure to follow my friend, the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris). We have worked together on many issues over the years. I remember the debate in Westminster Hall that he mentioned, and the revulsion when it was said that 1950s WASPI women should go on apprenticeship schemes. I am delighted that my hon. Friend the Member for North Ayrshire and Arran...

Women’s State Pension Age: Ombudsman Report (16 Mai 2024)

Ian Blackford: Of course they do. We have heard today from a great many Members in all parts of the House about the 5,000, 6,000 or 7,000 WASPI women— more, in some cases—in every constituency. We have all heard the heartbreaking stories of those who simply could not afford to carry on working, and who were not given adequate notice of the increase in the state pension age. It was an injustice, and it...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Football: Injuries (13 Mai 2024)

Ian Blackford: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will have discussions with the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on the potential merits of classifying people with football-related brain injuries as having industrial injuries.

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Mai 2024)

Ian Blackford: On 14 September 2023, I led a Backbench Business debate in this House, supported by the hon. Members for Moray (Douglas Ross) and for Easington (Grahame Morris). We asked the Government to take action on footballers with brain-related injuries. The Minister who responded spoke warmly, and the then Minister at DWP, the hon. Member for Corby (Tom Pursglove), indicated that there would be a...

Brain Injuries in Football — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (24 Ebr 2024)

Ian Blackford: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for referring to the debate that we had on 14 September. As he rightly says, it was a cross-party debate; I led it with the hon. Members for Moray (Douglas Ross) and for Easington (Grahame Morris). I was very encouraged by the response from the Government Front Bench at that point. Subsequently, on behalf of the three of us, I had discussions with...

Brain Injuries in Football — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (24 Ebr 2024)

Ian Blackford: I am grateful for the Minister’s remarks, because many of us feel that the research is now overwhelming. The role that we can play on a cross-party basis, with his assistance, is to demonstrate to the advisory council that an early determination would be welcome, particularly in the light of the hardship that so many footballers experience as they struggle with the impact of brain injury....

Brain Injuries in Football — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (24 Ebr 2024)

Ian Blackford: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. He makes an important point about that field study in Scotland. At the time some people dismissed it, because it was only one study, but what has changed in the intervening years is that there have been studies in other European countries. I would argue that the evidence is now overwhelming. It is not just the high-profile cases that...

Iran-Israel Update (15 Ebr 2024)

Ian Blackford: Mr Speaker, may I pass my condolences to you and your family for the sad loss of your father, Doug? We live in deeply unsettling times, and the Prime Minister, along with our allies, is right to call for a de-escalation. When he has his discussions with Prime Minister Netanyahu this afternoon, will he convey to him that now is the time to step back? There must be no further escalation in the...

Women’s State Pension Age (25 Maw 2024)

Ian Blackford: May I say to the Secretary of State that he needs to read the room? Let us remember that the ombudsman has said there has been maladministration. There is consensus across the Chamber that compensation should be paid. This is about women who paid national insurance in anticipation of receiving a pension, who were hit with the bombshell that their pension was being deferred—in some cases, by...

Cyber-security and UK Democracy (25 Maw 2024)

Ian Blackford: These cyber-attacks occurred in 2021 and 2022, so we really must ask how it has taken the Government so long to make this statement. We should reflect on the Deputy Prime Minister saying that these actors “gained access to the Electoral Commission’s email and file-sharing systems, which contain copies of the electoral register.” This is an election year, and it should put fear into the...

Defence: Armed Forces Readiness (25 Maw 2024)

Ian Blackford: What progress his Department has made on improving the readiness of the armed forces.

Defence: Armed Forces Readiness (25 Maw 2024)

Ian Blackford: Of course, we commend the efforts of all those in our armed services, but the Defence Committee’s “Ready for War?” report substantiates that our armed forces are constantly overstretched and are being deployed above their capacity. When are the Government going to respond appropriately to the scale of the geopolitical challenges by driving up recruitment and retention and making sure...

Income Tax (Charge) ( 6 Maw 2024)

Ian Blackford: Today is very much a missed opportunity. Much has been said by colleagues, particularly on the Government Benches, about levels of debt and tax, but the fundamental issue, going back to the financial crisis in 2008-09, has been a failure to deliver sustainable economic growth. We heard much from the Chancellor today about growth and productivity, but when we dive into the detail, it simply...

Income Tax (Charge) ( 6 Maw 2024)

Ian Blackford: rose—

Income Tax (Charge) ( 6 Maw 2024)

Ian Blackford: I wish to raise a point about quantitative easing, which the hon. Lady mentioned. Obviously, there will be a very significant supply of gilts in the coming period, which will have an impact on yields. That will influence what the Bank of England does on the interest rate cycle, and crucially, it will make it difficult to see any material growth in the money supply, particularly in M4, in the...

Energy Rebates: Highlands and Islands — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] ( 6 Maw 2024)

Ian Blackford: I say respectfully to the Minister that this is about fairness, and it is about what should be a universal market. We cannot have people being penalised to this extent. It is simply a matter of the Government saying to Ofgem that this is not right. There should be a universal market; people should not be penalised on the basis of where they live. It is a simple question, and the Government...

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