Below are Mike’s most recent speeches. For all Mike’s speeches since being elected, click here.

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate

26th March 2015

Mike Weatherley: The two questions I am asked most frequently about being an MP are: “Is it what you expected?” and “Do you feel you have made a difference?” That usually draws me into thinking about the big-ticket items I have been involved in. The first, of course, is just being here and sitting on the Government Benches, from which our country is being turned around—supporting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Online Crime (Sentencing)

17th March 2015

Mike Weatherley: If he will bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the disparity between sentences for physical and online crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Online Crime (Sentencing)

17th March 2015

Mike Weatherley: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the report released last week that suggested that the punishments for online and offline crime should be equalised demonstrates that education is needed to show that the two sentences should be equal?

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]: Secondary ticketing platforms

9th March 2015

Mike Weatherley: It is an honour to follow my co-chair on the all-party group, the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson). The amendment is the culmination of four years of hard campaigning and it is a little ironic that we have only about two minutes to squeeze in all our comments. I will not go through all the points that have been made so admirably by my hon. Friend the Member for...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]: Secondary ticketing platforms

9th March 2015

Mike Weatherley: I thank the shadow Minister for his intervention. The review must be balanced. Obviously, I am pushing for more regulation, because I feel that the free market has fallen down, but we should consider experiences around the world. There are states in America that have repealed secondary ticketing laws, and we need to look at why. Was it because the legislation was badly drafted? Norway and...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]: Secondary ticketing platforms

9th March 2015

Mike Weatherley: Does the hon. Lady agree that it was bizarre that the CMA came out with guidance only days before Parliament was debating the issue and passing laws in this House? It seemed almost to usurp what we are doing.

Oesophageal Cancer

23rd February 2015

Mike Weatherley: In November 2011, I had my dinner as normal, but what was not normal was that it did not settle well and I threw up. I dismissed it as probably a bug of some sort, but then it happened again a few days later. Clearly something was not right, but I did not relish the hassle of getting an appointment to see my doctor. I hate going to see my GP, not because I do not like her, but because the...

Oesophageal Cancer

23rd February 2015

Mike Weatherley: I could not agree more. Early diagnosis is one of the key recommendations that I shall be making. It is clear that cancer is one of the leading causes of death, but there are risks for survivors as well. It is estimated that 2.5 million people are living with and beyond cancer, and we know that at least one in four cancer survivors face poor health or disability after treatment. Cancer of the...

Oesophageal Cancer

23rd February 2015

Mike Weatherley: My hon. Friend makes a very important point that I was not going to cover, and I thank him immensely for doing so. Crucially, as with many other types of cancer, the outcome of oesophageal cancer depends on how advanced it is when it is diagnosed. The reason not many people can have surgery is that by the time a difficulty in swallowing is recognised, the tumour has become fairly large and...

Oesophageal Cancer

23rd February 2015

Mike Weatherley: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, and my surgeons have made similar points to me. Clearly the tools are available to do that. The sixth strategy I recommend is greater hospice care to provide end-of-life care away from hospitals that supports people and allows them to spend their final weeks and days in a place of their choice, rather than in a hospital bed. I hope that this short...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Covenant

23rd February 2015

Mike Weatherley: What progress he has made on strengthening the armed forces covenant.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Covenant

23rd February 2015

Mike Weatherley: What progress has been made in regard to the commitment to an armed forces charter based on the covenant that was made by the United States and others during the NATO summit?

Consumer Rights Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Secondary Ticketing Platforms

12th January 2015

Mike Weatherley: My hon. Friends are nodding away, which is great, but that is a mistaken point of view. On taking money away from the artists and putting it in the pockets of these “classic entrepreneurs” and others in the entertainment industry, let us just say—[Interruption.] Let me explain to my hon. Friend the Member for Bury North, who is shouting from a sedentary position—

Consumer Rights Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Secondary Ticketing Platforms

12th January 2015

Mike Weatherley: That is a very good intervention as I have the answer in the very next sentence of my speech. Let us say that my hon. Friend has decided that he has £200 to spend on his entertainment budget for the year and he would like to go to four concerts at £50 a throw. If he has to pay his entire annual budget on buying just one ticket, he is going to go to only one concert, not four...

Consumer Rights Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Secondary Ticketing Platforms

12th January 2015

Mike Weatherley: Absolutely, and there is no doubt that merchandising plays a significant part in allowing bands to continue touring.

Consumer Rights Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Secondary Ticketing Platforms

12th January 2015

Mike Weatherley: I thank the hon. Gentleman, and I would like to thank him for his contributions over the years; we have had good debates in this Chamber. It is probably true that my hon. Friends the Members for Bury North and for Shipley have unlimited budgets, but most people have a finite budget and they have to make decisions on how to spend their money. If they spend it all on ticketing, they will not...

Consumer Rights Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Secondary Ticketing Platforms

12th January 2015

Mike Weatherley: I am so glad my hon. Friend intervened because I would like to quote back to him some things he said in the previous debate we had on the Consumer Rights Bill, on Report on 13 May 2014: “I think that one of the fundamental rights of the consumer is to know what they are purchasing.” That is what this measure proposes. [Interruption.] If I may continue, he went on to say that...

Consumer Rights Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Secondary Ticketing Platforms

12th January 2015

Mike Weatherley: I have one more quote, but I will give way.

Consumer Rights Bill (Programme) (No. 3): Secondary Ticketing Platforms

12th January 2015

Mike Weatherley: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I was just trying to point out that we ask for transparency in almost every other aspect of our society, and we should be asking for it on tickets. We are only asking for the name, the seat location and so on to be given. I think I have made that point crystal clear. It should also be noted that the police are generally supportive of the suggested changes to the...