Meg Hillier

Labour & Co-operative MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch
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Meg Hillier MP has been Labour & Co-operative MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch since 2005 and was previously a borough councillor and member of the London Assembly.

Meg was Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 2010-11 and chaired the Parliamentary Group of Co-operative MPs 2010/11.

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  • Lack of positive measures for co-ops in Queen’s Speech (10 May 2012)
    Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune considers yesterday’s Queen’s Speech but sees little good news for co-operatives. Following the local election results, the Coalition Government briefed that they were ready to re-launch their partnership for power. The subsequent Queen’s Speech was to act as the clarion call for the Government’s priorities for the coming legislative term. The fifteen […]
  • “Co-op housing will be a central plank of Labour’s housing policies in the next manifesto” (28 Nov 2011)
    Last Wednesday, co-operators gathered in Westminster with Labour's Shadow Housing Minister to discuss Labour & Co-operative MP Jonathan Reynolds’ private members bill on co-operative housing tenure, reports Daniel Carey-Dawes.
  • Event: Co-operative Housing, 23 November, Westminster (27 Oct 2011)
    Whilst the UK’s housing stock only comprises of 0.6% co-operative housing, the European average is 15% with some countries such as Turkey and Norway having as much as 25% of housing being owned and run by co-ops. This country is one of the few that does not recognise co-operative housing in law. That’s why we […]
  • The co-operative week in Westminster (16 Sep 2011)
    Parliamentary Officer Joe Fortune rounds up the latest from Parliament with the work of Co-operative Parliamentarians. This regular column will briefly round up some of the important or noteworthy pieces of Parliamentary activity and business for co-operators each week. It will highlight the work being done by Co-operative Party MPs and co-operators in Westminster. Of […]
  • LabourList takeover: Meg Hillier – Today, we fight for the people shivering under blankets (9 Sep 2011)
    Today the Co-op Party meets against a backcloth of rising prices for gas and electricity. As the temperature drops, millions will start to see their energy prices spiral out of their reach. They will face the terrible choice between staying warm and running up debts, and turning off the heating despite plummeting temperatures. Those on […]
  • Meg Hillier: Trust in the future – how Labour will tackle climate change (15 Jul 2011)
    Meg Hillier MP, Shadow Energy & Climate Change Secretary and Chair of the Co-operative Parliamentary Group, gave a speech to BusinessGreen tonight. In her speech, Meg outlined Labour’s commitment to a green economy and green jobs, reducing energy dependence and helping people with rising energy prices. She advocated renewables especially on-shore wind and, above all, […]
  • Meg Hillier: The Co-operative Party in Westminster: Who we are, and what we do (11 Sep 2010)
    The Co-operative Party is the second largest opposition party in parliament with 28 MPs. Each of them is, of course, also a Labour MP. As a group we are keen to bring our distinctive and radical policy agenda to help shape the policies of the current government and of the opposition. We have a talented […]
  • Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2014)
    Meg Hillier: It is a pleasure to speak in this debate and to follow a number of other hon. Members who have spoken about housing, which is one of the issues that I want to raise. However, unlike the Members for the valleys-the hon. Members for Ribble Valley (Mr Evans) and for Colne Valley (Jason McCartney)-who are against houses being built in their areas, and especially in greenfield areas, I...
  • [Mr Adrian Sanders in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Refugee Camps (22 Jul 2014)
    Meg Hillier: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time, Mr Sanders. I congratulate my colleague the hon. Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham)on driving forward the desire to have this debate. She and I visited a refugee camp in northern Rwanda and we were both struck by what we saw there. That sparked the idea for this debate. I want to talk about two issues. I am not as...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Traineeships Programme (21 Jul 2014)
    Meg Hillier: We now have a raft of opportunities for young people-traineeships, apprenticeships, sixth-form colleges, further education colleges-[Hon. Members: “Hear, hear!”] That is not to say that they are all something that Government Members should claim credit for. Does that not underline the importance of good, transparent, independent careers advice from a young...
  • Business of the House (10 Jul 2014)
    Meg Hillier: On 13 May, the Deputy Prime Minister promised to write to me about it. Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister promised to raise it with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Is it not time that the Secretary of State came to the House to talk about broadband and the plans to improve infrastructure, because Members of all parties from up and down the country have concerns about it?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Universal Credit (9 Jul 2014)
    Meg Hillier: I have been absolutely staggered to hear the Secretary of State defending a system that, as I have heard repeatedly at the Public Accounts Committee, has had very poor planning from day one and at subsequent stages. We are glad that there is a plan to get it back on track, but let us get back to the real question. The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, the right hon. Member...
  • Written Answers — Home Department: Passports (8 Jul 2014)
    Meg Hillier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) new passport applications and (b) passport renewal applications have been received by HM Passport Office since the beginning of the current financial year; and what proportion of such applications were completed and dispatched within (i) three and (ii) four weeks.
  • Written Answers — Leader of the House: Written Questions: Government Responses (8 Jul 2014)
    Meg Hillier: To ask the Leader of the House what guidance he has given to his ministerial colleagues about providing substantive answers to written questions.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Home Building (30 Jun 2014)
    Meg Hillier: Hackney council is one of the two largest builders of council housing in the country, yet week in, week out at my surgeries, I see people in desperate situations, unable to access that council housing or to afford the very high rent levels that we now see in my constituency. Is the Secretary of State getting some serious work done to look at how housing benefit can be recycled to make sure...
  • Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 Jun 2014)
    Meg Hillier: Nowhere is that truer than in my constituency of Hackney South and Shoreditch, where private rents are out of the reach of many people, who are unable to live in the borough. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the resulting higher population churn causes real damage to the strength of our local communities?
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 Jun 2014)
    Meg Hillier: They have been to breakfast with Boris, to tea at No. 10 and have danced with the Business Secretary, but businesses in Shoreditch and the City still cannot get superfast broadband. This is now a national embarrassment. What is the Prime Minister going to do?
  • Meg to hold broadband roundtable (23 Jul 2014)
    On Thursday 31 July I will be holding a roundtable to discuss the problems with broadband in Shoreditch and Tech City.
  • June 2014 Monthly Report (23 Jul 2014)
    Queen’s Speech, Broadband, Hackney GP Practices, Passport Waiting Times and many other issues are covered in my latest Monthly Report.
  • Meg Demands Action From PM On Slow Shoreditch Broadband (25 Jun 2014)
    Prime Minister promises to ensure that ministers at Department for Culture, Media & Sport will work to improve services to Tech City.
  • Empower Patients - Improve the NHS (13 Jun 2014)
    As the joint-Chair of Parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health, I was proud to help launch our recent report on Patient Empowerment. The report takes a look at health services throughout the world and looks to see how our health service could be improved by taking on methods in a wide range of other countries in the developed and developing world.
  • HM Passport Office Chaos (13 Jun 2014)
    Serious problems at HM Passport Office have come to light in recent weeks as a result of poor planning on the part of the Government. Like all MPs, I have received complaints from people who may need to cancel travel plans or long looked forward to holidays. On Thursday 12th June 2014, I spoke in the emergency House of Commons debate on this issue and quizzed Home Secretary Theresa May MP.
  • GP services in Hackney (12 Jun 2014)
    This week, I pressed health ministers on the number of Hackney GP practices that are facing closure