Sarah Newton – speeches and questions

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  • Petition - Frigate named HMS Cornwall (5 Nov 2019)
    Sarah Newton: There is hardly a family in my constituency that is not proudly associated with the Navy or the merchant navy. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are based and maintained in Falmouth, along with the ocean survey vessel HMS Scott. I am delighted that one of the new batch 2 river-class offshore patrol vessels has been named HMS Tamar and will be attached to the port of Truro. All five of these new...
  • Valedictory Debate (5 Nov 2019)
    Sarah Newton: The hon. Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas) made some serious allegations in his speech today, but I will not comment on them and will leave it to the Leader of the House to respond. I start my contribution, as so many colleagues have done, with thanks to my constituents for sending to me to this place and for putting their faith and trust in me. Serving my home community—the town where I...
  • Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witnesses (29 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: Q Actually, I can answer your question, Carolyn. Yes, it is very good in Wales, because they have compulsory IRIS—Identification and Referral to Improve Safety—training in the NHS, which is definitely something we should do in the England NHS. That is why they have got the highest detection rates in the UK of domestic abuse among older people. Emily, you gave us very good written...
  • Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witnesses (29 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: Q We are all united in wanting to break the cycle. The evidence is overwhelming that young people who are exposed to domestic abuse, coercive control or violence are likely to be perpetrators or victims themselves. As the Government are investing a lot of money in schools on good relationship education, I am concerned that children will start to realise that what they are seeing at home is...
  • Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witnesses (29 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: Q I was thinking along slightly different lines—sorry if I did not make myself clear. Again in my constituency, there is another Big Lottery-funded youth work-based project where young people are coming to realise that they are living in a home with domestic abuse and violence, whereas before they did not really understand that that was what was going on. The youth workers are there to...
  • Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: ClearlyQ , from the numbers that you are giving us, there has been a huge increase in the trust in police for the victims to come forward and report. The work that you have been doing with police forces is clearly moving in the right direction, so thank you. The Bill seeks to simplify procedures for police officers, which hopefully will result in higher levels of prosecution. It also gives...
  • Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: The fact that you need to do that shows that that is an area of work, once the Bill goes through: police forces have to consider that as domestic abuse and violence. That is a whole new area for the police to be trained on and for you to inspect, ensuring that the new requirements are understood and the services are there to support victims. Clearly, there is some work to do there.
  • Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: It is a pleasure to see you here today, as it was to see you in the Gallery. I thought it was terrific that you sat through the whole debateQ .
  • Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: You made a compelling description in your opening remarks about the landscape of community services and specialist services commissioned by the NHS, local authorities, children’s services, and police and crime commissioners. I am delighted that you have picked mapping this provision of services as a key priority. Are you also looking at prevention services? We know that, unfortunately, if...
  • Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Examination of Witness (29 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: Q I would like to start by saying to my colleague, the hon. Member for Swansea East how brave she was to share her experience. It reminds us all that every part of the country and every sort of woman is very much affected and how important this work is, so I am grateful to Carolyn. Talking about the Welsh valleys and traditional cultures resonates with me as I represent Cornwall. The point...
  • Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I very much support this ambitious, landmark Environment Bill. In the short time I have available, I want to make just two points. The first is about the replacement for the common agricultural policy payments that go to farmers at the moment. Obviously, farmers play an incredibly important role in the stewardship of our natural environment, and I would like to see those payments replaced...
  • Transport: Topical Questions (24 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: Growing towns and villages in my constituency need investment in cycle and walking infrastructure. Will the Secretary of State join my representations to the Treasury at the forthcoming Budget to make sure that there is dedicated funding for villages and towns to expand this infrastructure?
  • Major Incident in Essex (23 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: These international serious and organised crime gangs, which are trading in weapons, drugs and humans, are ruthless, and we need to be just as ruthless in our prosecution of them. We have to end this wicked trade in human misery, and I saw at first hand the huge efforts in the Home Office, working with our international partners across Europe, to tackle this issue. Will my right hon. Friend...
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Offshore Wind Industry (22 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: There is huge potential for low-cost, low-carbon electricity generation from floating wind in the Celtic sea. Will my right hon. Friend accept an invitation to pay a visit on 19 November and find out about this exciting opportunity?
  • Debate on the Address: The Climate Emergency (17 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I thank the Secretary of State for giving way; she is making a powerful speech and being very generous with her time. Will she support my call that we introduce a net zero test so that we can ensure that at every fiscal event—Budgets and comprehensive spending reviews—we are investing to deliver, and perhaps we could get the Office for Budget Responsibility to scrutinise that so that...
  • Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria (15 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: ShelterBox is a great charity based in my constituency, working now with its partners on the ground in north-east Syria to provide a desperately needed humanitarian response. While the public are being very generous in their donations, they and I would like to know how much public money is being committed to this unfolding humanitarian catastrophe.
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: It is an absolute pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley), who made an outstanding speech and demonstrated yet again what a champion he is for his constituents. When I was asked to second the Humble Address, I felt honoured, but I also felt some consternation. Of course, it is always an honour to represent my constituents in this place. Although...
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: It could also focus our minds on the need to respond to the threats of climate change. To encourage greater co-operation between all Members in this House, we could be singing, “We’re All In This Together” from “High School Musical”, or “Meet Me Halfway” by “The Black Eyed Peas”. I hope that, as we work our way through this songbook, we would eventually unite in a rousing...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: In the very few seconds I have left, I thank everyone here. Can I take it that I can add their names to an application for a Backbench Business debate in the Chamber, so that we can carry on this really important debate? [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”] I will do that. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered the Government plan to reach net zero by 2050.
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Government plan to reach net zero by 2050. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I am grateful to the huge number of Members from all parts of the House who have come along to Westminster Hall this morning. It really underlines the absolute priority that this House and the Government give to tackling the huge challenge...