Local MP Tessa Munt attended a Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons, organised by Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, for the launch of its new report “Preventing Babies’ Deaths: what needs to be done”.
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will investigate the actions of National Grid in relation to the Hinkley Point C Connection and the effect of the scheme on the village of Mark.
Tessa Munt has called on Conservative-controlled Somerset County Council to reverse its decision to slash the budget for Young Carers.
Local MP Tessa Munt signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons this week, and in doing so, pledged her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.
Local MP Tessa Munt asked David Cameron about the timing of gambling adverts, and the vast amount of live casino betting on terrestrial television at Prime Minister’s Questions.
I am sorry to interrupt the Minister, but I find myself amazed that, while six of the 39 DJs at Radio 1 are women—all those DJs are forming the opinions of young women and young men across the country—that station had a greater number of female DJs in 1987. Setting four-year objectives does not seem to be having any impact whatever, if nothing has improved in all the intervening years.
When we look at the structure of the radio system and the controllers of Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 5, we see that only Radio 4 has a female controller. The director of radio and the director-general are both male. I am sure that the hon.
Lady agrees that in local radio, it is horrific that only one woman presents a breakfast show, out of 43 such flagship programmes.
As far as I could see when preparing for this evening, there is not one woman with children in Radio 2’s management above assistant producer
level. That includes the producers, the executive producers, the head of programmes and the controller of Radio 2. That situation may not come as a surprise.
I am sure that my constituents will be absolutely delighted with the arrangements for more transparency and, in particular, increased shareholder power. I wonder whether the Secretary of State will consider the fact that Somerset county council has imposed a pay freeze and is making people redundant—indeed, it sends me a Christmas card, at the same time as it is shutting libraries and slashing youth services—and is now considering abandoning youth carers, to save a paltry £70,000. Will he consider applying exactly the same principles of transparency and shareholder power—or in this case taxpayer power—to councils and their pay and bonuses arrangements for senior management?
May I press the Secretary of State a little further on the matter of paying housing benefit directly to landlords? A number of my constituents have found that when they are overdrawn or beyond their overdraft, the bank snatches the money, leaving them still unable to pay their rent, so that they get into worse and worse difficulties. Will he reconsider?