Government has failed to respond urgently to landmark report on the impact of Covid-19 on maternity and parental leave

Chair of the Petitions Committee, Catherine McKinnell MP has today criticised the Government for failing to meet the Committee’s request to respond urgently to its report on the impact of Covid-19 on maternity and parental leave, which was published earlier this month. In a letter from Paul Scully MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and … Continue reading Government has failed to respond urgently to landmark report on the impact of Covid-19 on maternity and parental leave

Cross party call for debt cancellation for world’s poorest

MPs and Peers from across political parties have joined calls for debt payments to be cancelled for the world’s poorest countries in response to the pandemic. At the weekend faith leaders across the UK united in a call to urge Chancellor Rishi Sunak to work with other finance ministers to cancel debt for the world’s … Continue reading Cross party call for debt cancellation for world’s poorest

University students need a better deal

Today the Petitions Committee, which I chair, has published our new report on support for universities and students amid the pandemic. More than 347,000 people signed an e-petition calling for the Government to reimburse all students of this year’s fees due to strikes and COVID-19. As part of our Committee’s investigation, over 28,000 students, parents … Continue reading University students need a better deal

‘Step up before our entertainment scene is devastated’, Catherine warns Government

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, has called on the Government to support Newcastle’s cultural and entertainment scene before it is irreversible devastated. She was speaking in a debate in the House of Commons on support for businesses, following over half a million people signing petitions calling for extra assistance for industries including events, performing … Continue reading ‘Step up before our entertainment scene is devastated’, Catherine warns Government