Homelessness has increased, schools are struggling and the NHS is in crisis – but you wouldn’t think it from looking at the Government’s current priorities. Yesterday I asked Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom, who coordinates government business, to provide more time to debate these critical issues.Transcript below:
THANGAM: My constituents are frankly baffled at the way the Government keep pulling business and not replacing it with time to solve the pressing issues of the day: homelessness, lack of funding for schools and challenges in the NHS. Will the Leader of the House work with the Government to provide either Government time or further Opposition day time for us to debate, and hopefully try to solve, some of these pressing issues?
LEADER OF THE HOUSE: As far as I am aware, the only business the Government have pulled was in response to a request from the Opposition on Monday evening. Due to the unprecedented number of urgent questions and very important statements, such as those on bullying and harassment, and a response to the Salisbury attack, the Opposition requested that the Government pull the business that night. That is the only business that has been pulled, so I am not entirely sure what the hon. Lady is talking about.