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appearances of Lord Rennard in Parliament.

This page contains appearances of Lord Rennard in Parliament. You can view full agenda of the House of Lords and see the full event guide at the Parliament live tv website.

It has questions that he has presented to the Lords and responses to questions posed. The videos are arranged in chronological order.

Consideration of Commons amendments to the Parliamentary Constituencies Bill. Suggestions made to the Bill include automatic voter registration. Sir Woolley’s amendment to the bill asks to consider changing the current voting system for one that is easier for young people and people in ethic minorities to register and be part of our democracy. Lord Rennard calls for a system that automatically invites a young person to vote when they are notified of their national insurance number. Such notification would cost the government nothing.

The easiest way to register to vote is with a national insurance number, so that the best time to vote is when you get it. The latest figures from the Electoral Commission shows that 75% of young people are not registered to vote. This stands against 6% of the people over 65. Automatic voter registration will bring more young people from all demographics into the voting system. There is a danger that young black people will never register to vote and be part of our democratic society.

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Lord Rennard emphasises the importance of free school meals for eligible children.

“I am one of the few members of the House of Lords who had free school meals. It never made sense to me that you got this support in term time, but no equivalent support in the school holidays. When will the Government stop saying that they agree with Marcus Rashford, whilst voting down his proposals? Isn’t it time to do the right thing?”

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Lord Rennard raises questions regarding the Cancer taskforce. Rennard calls attention to the growing backlog for Cancer treatment due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. He asks for clarification on what investments will include to tackle this problem.

“Cancer research UK and McMillian have reported 2.4 million people are now waiting for screening, tests and treatments for cancer services. The Commons Health Select Committee reported that the MRI and CT scans to report the disease has plummeted by 75 %.What is the scale of the investment over the next year that will specifically allocated for the latest technologies and additional staff to deal with the backlog of Cancer diagnosis and treatment?”

Response: Working through the backlog and doing more than a million routine appointments and operations per week on cancer. There is an alliance with charities, cancer recovery plan and healthcare.

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Lord Rennard speaks on behalf of the people of Liverpool in order to support a managed recovery from the Covid Pandemic. Local authority leaders of Liverpool were not trusted to manage recovery with the test and trace system.

Due to the rise in infections of the Coronavirus virus new measures are in place in Liverpool. Due to the transmission rate increasing, the city of Liverpool has therefore been placed into the highest tier.

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Lord Rennard is speaking on behalf of older people suffering with diabetics and other health problems that are needing health services. People with these health issues are worried about getting the care they need which is due to the current back log from the pandemic. Why are many older people still worried that they will be treated less favourably by the NHS because of their age? 

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