Speaking in a debate on the arrangements for the sharing of the surplus generated by the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme, Andrew Bridgen highlights the fact that any increase in pension to retired coalminers and their widows will, in the main, benefit the former coalmining communities where the vast majority still live and would be a good investment for the Government.
Andrew Bridgen calls on the Government to ensure that any refugee family reunion policy does not create incentives for even more people to leave their homes and undertake an extremely dangerous journey in the hope that they can bring all their relatives to the UK at a later date.
Andrew Bridgen calls on the Minister to look at the use of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) as an expert witness, given that it has no training for that function, no guidelines, keeps no record of its recommendations and does not give sworn statements, so cannot be held to account for the recommendations it makes.
Andrew Bridgen questions why anyone would want us to be chained to the EU which is mired in low economic growth, many member countries have eye-watering levels of youth unemployment and its currency has to be constantly supported by quantitative easing.
Andrew Bridgen calls for the HS2 white elephant to be scrapped as the costs will spiral to more than £100 billion; the money would be better spent on link improvements in the midlands and north such as reopening the Ivanhoe line in north-west Leicestershire.
Andrew Bridgen calls on the Government to ensure early years education includes a broad range of learning goals, including communication, physical development and self-confidence, as well as of course a thirst for knowledge.