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Since his election Andrew has spoken in more than 100 debates in Parliament – well above average amongst MP’s. Since delivering his Maiden Speech on 17th June 2010 in a debate on building a high skilled economy Andrew has raised issues such as fuel poverty, Broadband coverage, Special Constables and the importance of protecting spending on the NHS.  You can read Andrew’s Maiden Speech here

Unlike his Labour predecessor Andrew has been particularly vocal on the importance of manufacturing jobs and the aerospace sector to Pendle frequently raising the concerns of local firms. Under the last Government 1.8 million manufacturing jobs were lost, including thousands in Pendle and Andrew is determined to support our local manufacturers.

In addition to asking questions and making speeches Andrew has so far led three debates in Parliament.  A debate on the murder of three members of the Yousaf family from Nelson on 12th October 2010 that was attended by over 300 constituents.  A debate on the plight of Pakistani Christians on 22nd March 2011 and a debate on the effect of new property regulations on holiday lettings on 14th June 2011.  The debate on property regulations followed a meeting between Andrew and the Hoseasons Group who employ over 500 in Earby and led to the Government axing regulations that would have place additional costs on an estimated 50,000 small businesses.

On 28th June 2011 Andrew proposed a 10 Minute Rule Bill, to change Bail laws following the murder of his constituent Jane Clough, who lived in Barrowford.  You can read Andrew’s speech here.  Andrew’s Bail (Amendment) Bill was to confer upon the prosecution a right to appeal against judges’ decisions to grant bail, a right that currently does not exist.   In October 2011 the Government agreed to support the Bill and in January 2012 Government Amendments were brought forward in the House of Lords, to achieve the aim of the Bail (Amendment) Bill.  Andrew wrote about the success of Justice for Jane campaign and paid tribute to Jane’s parents in his weekly column.

You can follow Andrew's recent parliamentary activity below or discover more at the independent They Work For You website.

 

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Reactors (21 Mar 2017)
21 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will provide an update on the Government's timetable for the publication of the techno-economic assessment of small modular reactors.
 
Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Non-domestic Rates: North West (21 Mar 2017)
21 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 3.17 of the Spring Budget 2017, what estimate the Government has made of the number of public houses that will be eligible for the £1,000 business rate discount in (a) Pendle, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West.
 
Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ash Dieback Disease: North West (21 Mar 2017)
21 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help local authorities in the North West whose area is affected by ash dieback.
 
Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Foreign Investment in UK: Pakistan (21 Mar 2017)
21 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the level of foreign direct investment in the UK from Pakistani investors in each of the last five years.
 
Delegated Legislation: Income Tax (20 Mar 2017)
20 March 2017, 9:41pm
Division number 186 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Nigel Adams Adam Afriyie Peter Aldous Stuart <b>Andrew</b> Caroline Ansell Edward Argar Victoria Atkins Richard Bacon Steven Baker Stephen Barclay Guto Bebb Henry Bellingham Paul Beresford James Berry <b>Andrew</b> Bingham Bob Blackman Peter Bone Victoria Borwick Peter Bottomley Julian Brazier Steve Brine Robert Buckland Conor Burns...
 
Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (20 Mar 2017)
20 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: Earlier this month, six Pendle schools announced plans to work together to launch their own academy trust. What can my right hon. Friend do to ensure that the Pennine Trust helps to raise educational attainment and aspiration across Pendle?
 
Written Answers — Department for Transport: Rolling Stock: North of England (17 Mar 2017)
17 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department is making in replacing pacer trains.
 
Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Heart Diseases (17 Mar 2017)
17 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the effect of heart disease rates on (a) life expectancy and (b) economic growth in developing countries.
 
Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: Pakistan (17 Mar 2017)
17 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people resident in Pakistan applied for (a) visitor visas and (b) permanent settlement in each year since 2010.
 
Royal Assent: Business of the House (16 Mar 2017)
16 March 2017, 10:46am
Andrew Stephenson: May we have a debate on the northern powerhouse schools strategy? Last month saw the launch of the Pendle challenge, with more than 80 organisations involved in the provision of education from nought to 18 years coming together to improve the aspirations and achievements of young people in Pendle. I am keen to see how we can better work together across the north on this issue.
 
Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Superfast Broadband (16 Mar 2017)
16 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: Data from the House of Commons Library show that the rural Higham and Pendleside ward in my constituency suffers some of the worst levels of broadband, with a quarter of residents experiencing absolutely pathetic download speeds. Will my right hon. Friend get his Department to sit down with Superfast Lancashire and Openreach to find a way forward for that ward?
 
Attorney General: Domestic Violence (16 Mar 2017)
16 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: Will the Attorney General work with the Justice Secretary to ensure that changes to the law on domestic abusers cross-examining their victims are fit for purpose, and that they adequately protect victims in our family courts?
 
Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Control: Earby (16 Mar 2017)
16 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to increase flood prevention in Earby.
 
Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Manufacturing Industries: Employment (16 Mar 2017)
16 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people were employed in the manufacturing sector in (a) Lancashire, (b) the North West and (c) England at the latest date for which figures are available.
 
Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Average Earnings: Pendle (16 Mar 2017)
16 March 2017, 12:00am
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the average salary of full-time equivalent employees was in Pendle constituency for April of each year since 2010.
 
Petition - No. 31 Bus Service to Cheadle from Hanley: Social Security (15 Mar 2017)
15 March 2017, 6:56pm
Division number 183 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Nigel Adams Adam Afriyie Peter Aldous Lucy Allan Heidi Allen David Amess Stuart <b>Andrew</b> Caroline Ansell Edward Argar Victoria Atkins Richard Bacon Steven Baker Harriett Baldwin Stephen Barclay Guto Bebb Henry Bellingham Richard Benyon Jake Berry James Berry <b>Andrew</b> Bingham Bob Blackman Nicola Blackwood Crispin Blunt Peter...
 
Petition - No. 31 Bus Service to Cheadle from Hanley: Crown (15 Mar 2017)
15 March 2017, 6:56pm
...number 184 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Debbie Abrahams Nigel Adams Adam Afriyie Peter Aldous Heidi Alexander Lucy Allan Heidi Allen Rosena Allin-Khan David Amess Stuart <b>Andrew</b> Caroline Ansell Edward Argar Jon Ashworth Victoria Atkins Ian Austin Richard Bacon Adrian Bailey Steven Baker Harriett Baldwin Stephen Barclay Guto Bebb Margaret Beckett Henry Bellingham Hilary...
 
Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Duty to have regard to the life sciences sector and access to new medicines and treatments (15 Mar 2017)
15 March 2017, 5:00pm
Division number 185 See full list of votes (From The Public Whip)Aye Nigel Adams Adam Afriyie Peter Aldous Lucy Allan Heidi Allen David Amess Stuart <b>Andrew</b> Caroline Ansell Edward Argar Victoria Atkins Richard Bacon Steven Baker Harriett Baldwin Stephen Barclay Henry Bellingham Richard Benyon Paul Beresford Jake Berry James Berry <b>Andrew</b> Bingham Bob Blackman Nicola Blackwood Peter Bone...
 
Visible Religious Symbols: European Court Ruling (15 Mar 2017)
15 March 2017, 1:24pm
Andrew Stephenson: Many of my constituents feel that the ban clearly targets Muslim women who wish to wear the hijab. Given the improving but still below-average employment rate among Muslim women, does the Minister not feel that the ruling sends out completely the wrong message as we try to build a country that works for everyone?
 
Personal Independence Payments (15 Mar 2017)
15 March 2017, 12:42pm
Andrew Stephenson: Will the Secretary of State confirm that this Government are investing more into benefits for disabled people and more into mental health than ever before?
 
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