Bernard Jenkin weekly: No.8

by Ben D-T

Again, this is late. Was meant to be published weeks ago. Been busy.

Week 28 November – 4 December

In a week when David Davis admitted to MPs that the UK may continue to pay the EU for access to the single market after Brexit, MPs voted down a motion accusing former Prime Minister Tony Blair of misleading Parliament over the case for war in Iraq, and an ICM poll gave the Conservatives a 16 point lead over Labour, what did Bernard Jenkin do?

Speeches and written questions

Mr Jenkin spoke in one Parliamentary debate this week on the Chilcot Inquiry. He intervened while SNP MP Alex Salmond was speaking about his dissatisfaction at the answers given by the Cabinet Secretary when he was questioned by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee about whether changes to the flow of information to the Intelligence and Security Committee would a difference to a Prime Minister committed to a particular course of action.

The MP for Harwich and North Essex said that the committee did not necessarily take the advice of the Cabinet Secretary, adding “We will be making recommendations that we are confident will prevent such events from happening again.”

Mr Jenkin later tried to intervene and make another contribution to the debate when Chris Skidmore, Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office, was speaking. Mr Skidmore, however, declined to give way.

Voting record

Mr Jenkin voted four times this week on the Digital Economy Bill and the state pension.

He voted three times on 28 November on the Digital Economy Bill. He voted: against a proposed clause that would mean that the Secretary of State would have to include in guidance to maintained schools that pupils learn as part of sex education the risks and dangers of internet pornography and the legal age requirement to access it; against a proposed amendment that would require the Secretary of State to introduce a voucher scheme that would provide consumers with an alternative solution to their broadband needs other than that which is supplied by the provider of the universal service order; and against a proposed amendment that would ensure the entitlement and cost of over-75s TV licences remain with the Government.

On 30th November he voted a further one time on the state pension age for women. He voted: against a motion put forward by the SNP that would call on the government to take more action to help women affected by the acceleration of the increase in the state pension age.

Mr Jenkin voted with the majority and was loyal to the government on all four votes this week.

Select committees

Non of the committee which Mr Jenkin sits on carried out any oral evidence sessions this week.

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