27/3/07 Ticket Touting

Ticket Touting
Westminster Hall

Thank you Speaker I am grateful to have the opportunity speak on the issue of ticket touting, something that each and every one of us has no doubt experienced at least once in our lives.  I have been approached by a variety of radio stations and TV programmes asking exactly what the Government policy is on ticket touting as they have been unable to find it.  And that is my point and my reasoning behind today’s debate – there is no Government policy on ticket touting.  Or if there is, then they have been doing a great job in keeping it a secret – in fact it must be one of the few things not to leak out of Government.

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John Robertson MP calls for increase in the Winter Fuel Allowance

John Robertson, MP for Glasgow North West, today – a week in advance of the Budget – called for an increase in the Winter Fuel Allowance to mitigate the effects of fuel price rises on pensioners in his constituency. John has written to Alastair Darling asking for an increase in the basic rate for 60-79 year olds from £200 to £300 to be included in next week’s Budget.

John said “with prices spiralling out of control and increases of up to 25% we need to act now to make sure people in my constituency will still be able to heat their homes without breaking the bank – or even more worryingly, to make sure they don’t go without.”

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John Robertson MP calls for inquiry into Heathrow security breach

John Robertson, MP for Glasgow North West, today called for an inquiry into the security breach at Heathrow which saw protestors climb onto an aeroplane and remain there to unfurl a banner for their campaign. John raised this issue with the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, in Home Office questions in the House of Commons.

John said, “this was an unacceptable breach of security which could have put lives at risk and raises serious questions about the measures in place for protecting the public. It is not the first time we have seen this with protests and there needs to be an inquiry into how this happened.”

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John Robertson MP welcomes ‘Fair Trade Fortnight’ and calls on retailers to support the principle of fair trade

John Robertson and Douglas Alexander

John Robertson MP today welcomed fair trade fortnight and the Government’s continued support for the movement, whilst encouraging people in Glasgow to buy products with the fair trade mark.

John said “Fair Trade helps support 7 million people in the developing world and it is important that we consider those less fortunate when making our shopping choices and vote with our feet for fairer trade.”

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John Robertson MP calls for equal treatment for agency workers

John Robertson MP calls for equal treatment for agency workers

John Robertson MP today called for action to ensure equality of pay and conditions for agency workers.

John said “it is abhorrent and unjust to have a two tier system where 1.4 million people are treated as second class employees. We need to make sure that this blatant exploitation, which denies agency workers a fair day’s pay, is brought to an end.”

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Employment Retention Bill – Presentation to Parliament

John Robertson and Roger Lewis

John Robertson MP presents Employment Retention Bill to Parliament to improve support for disabled people in work

Following the Government’s announcement on reform to the benefit system, John Robertson MP, Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West, will today present a Bill to Parliament to improve support to keep disabled people in employment.

John said, “we have heard both the Government and opposition’s proposals for reforming the welfare system but there has been remarkably little focus on the point at which a person first falls out of employment. Whilst there has been great progress in moving 200,000 disabled people into employment over the past decade more support needs to be provided to keep people in work. We cannot solve the problem without tackling the root cause.”

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John Robertson MP Launches Employment Retention Campaign

John Robertson MP Launches Employment Retention CampaignLaunch of Employment Retention Campaign

John Robertson MP launches campaign on Employment Retention

John Robertson, MP for Glasgow North West, today launched his campaign to improve the law on support for people who become disabled or develop an impairment whilst in employment. On the 29th January John will be presenting his Employment Retention Bill to Parliament which he will be working to have passed into law in 2008.

John said “it is a tragedy, on both a personal and a national level, that each year around 25,000 people permanently leave employment due to work related illness or disability. Early intervention and better support would enable many of these people to remain in their jobs at huge benefit to themselves, their employer and the taxpayer.”

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Welcoming the Government’s Decision on Nuclear Power and Criticising the SNP’s Stance

John Robertson, MP for Glasgow North West and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy, today welcomed the Government’s announcement and reasons given for confirming that nuclear energy must be a vital component within a balanced energy policy, whilst criticising the SNP for jeopardising Scotland’s future with their all out rejection of nuclear.

John said “I am concerned that the SNP, because of their dogmatic and irresponsible opposition to nuclear power, will deny Scotland a share in the prosperity, technological  development, employment, skills and the benefits to the economy associated with new nuclear build.”

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Welcoming the Government’s Decision on Nuclear Power

John Robertson MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy, today welcomed the Government’s announcement and the broad content of the white paper.

John said “I am particularly pleased that at last we have a framework for discussion on a truly balanced and long term energy policy that recognises that nuclear energy is a vital part of that equation. I also welcome the contribution by the shadow energy spokesman which indicated we could at last have a cross party consensus on this vital issue.”

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Dismay at Post Office Plans

John Robertson, MP for Glasgow North West, today expressed his dismay that Post Office Ltd are to continue with their plans to close four post offices in his constituency. Branches at Crow Road, Kingsridge, Old Drumchapel and Temple have been earmarked for closure.

John said, “Post Office Ltd appears determined to play the numbers game and tick their own boxes going against all the evidence and a weight of public opinion saying that they have got this wrong.”

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