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If you live off campus and in Colchester, this is the weekly update for your MP Will Quince’s activities in Parliament.

Speeches and contributions

Will Quince’s first contribution to a House of Commons debate this week came on Tuesday as a question to Brexit Secretary David Davis on the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ scenario at the end of Brexit negotiations. He asked Mr Davis’s view on whether those saying the UK should not keep the possibility of a no-deal in mind were naïve or still trying to keep the UK within the EU.

All of his other contributions this week came in a debate on the Rohingya and the Myanmar Government. Mr Quince made three contributions in this debate, giving way twice for interventions from other members. He began his speech for the debate by bringing up his recent visit to Myanmar to see the Rohingya camps with two other MPs. You can read all three of Mr Quince’s contributions to this debate in the list below.

First contribution

Second contribution

Third contribution

On Thursday Mr Quince spoke three more times in a debate on the Tobacco Control Plan. In his first contribution he spoke about co-chairing an all-party group on baby loss and how the poorest family in the country will an average of nine years earlier than the richest. He gave a long speech and gave way for one intervention before continuing part way through. He later made an intervention during another Member’s speech to suggest mandating “no smoking while pregnant” symbols on smoking products. You can read all of his contributions to this debate in the link below.

First contribution

Second contribution

Third contribution

On Friday the MP for Colchester spoke in a third debate, this time on the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. His first contribution was a short intervention to another Members speech. This came before his own speech on the Bill in which he first spoke about his joy that the Bill was before the House. He closed his speech by urging all members to support the Bill. You can read his two contributions in the list below.

First contribution

Second contribution

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Votes

Mr Quince did not take part in any votes this week. However, he did abstain on a vote this week which was particularly notable. Mr Quince obeyed the Government Whip and abstained on an Opposition Day motion that called on the Government to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit. This was an unusual and rarely seen move for a governing party to make.

Committee work

Will Quince sits on the Home Affairs Select Committee which carried out one oral evidence session this week. The Committee questioned the Home Secretary Amber Rudd for its inquiry into the work of the Home Secretary. The session lasted more than two hours. You can watch the full session by clicking here.

Expenses

The most recently released expenses data for Mr Quince for the 2017-2018 tax year only covers claims made in April 2017.

Mr Quince made five claims in April, the most expensive of which being for £2,672 for staffing costs. This was a payment to the Parliamentary Research Unit, a scheme that helps Conservative backbenchers share staff and researchers and as a result save money.

The MP for Colchester also made one claim of £427.40 for constituency office rent. He made two claims for stationary purchases totalling £100.35. Another claim for £20.16 was listed under furniture purchases.

Mr Quince’s claims costs for April 2017 totalled £3,219.91.

All of Mr Quince’s expenses data has been released by the Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority.

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If you live on campus or in Wivenhoe, this is the weekly update for your MP Bernard Jenkin’s activities in Parliament.

Speeches and contributions

Bernard Jenkin made all three of his contributions this week on Monday during the debate on the Nuclear Safeguard Bill. His first contribution came as a question to Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He asked the Secretary of State whether any non-EU country was objecting to the likelihood that the UK will seek to be a full member of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Mr Jenkin’s later two contributions were requests for the Member speaking to give way, both of which were refused. You can read where in the debate Mr Jenkin’s three contributions in the list below.

First contribution

Second contribution

Third contribution

Mr Jenkin made one more contribution this week on Thursday during a Westminster Hall debate on Defence Capabilities. Mr Jenkin said that any review of Government defence capabilities would have to begin with the question of what sort of country we want to be. He went on to speak about the history of the defence budget and the need to spend money on the situation we are in rather than finding ourselves with equipment a decade old.

Votes

Mr Jenkin did not take part in any votes this week. However, he did abstain on a vote this week which was particularly notable. Mr Jenkin obeyed the Government Whip and abstained on an Opposition Day motion that called on the Government to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit. This was an unusual and rarely seen move for a governing party to make.

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Committee work

Mr Jenkin is the Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee. The committee did not carry out any oral evidence sessions this week.

Expenses

The most recently released expenses data for Mr Jenkin for the 2017-2018 tax year only covers claims made in April 2017.

Mr Jenkin made ten claims in April, the most expensive of which being for £2,680 for staffing costs. This was a payment to the Parliamentary Research Unit, a scheme that helps Conservative backbenchers share staff and researchers and as a result save money.

The MP for Harwich and North Essex also made a claim for £187.79 for constituency office rent. A claim for £500 was made for the purchase of a computer. Mr Jenkin claimed a total of £60.30 for travel costs.

A series of smaller claims were also made for stationary purchases, newspapers/journals, venue hire, and postage purchases. Together these totalled £85.45.

Mr Jenkin’s claims costs for April 2017 totalled £3,516.84.

All of Bernard Jenkin’s expenses data was released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

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