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  1. Catching up with Commons events

    That's where we leave our coverage of the Commons for tonight.

    You can continue to watch events using the video streams at the top of the page.

    Remember, you can catch up with the day's events in the Commons and the Lords on Radio 4 at 23:30 BST with Today in Parliament.

  2. Leadsom responds to Cox Report

    Cox Report debate

    House of Commons


    Andrea Leadsom

    Former leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, who ordered the Cox Report, says there are "a number of complicated inquiries going on" but they are "all headed in the right direction" as people are able to "speak out and have their say".

    She says she has heard "truly terrible stories" about things that have happened to male and female staff both on and off site. She says that too often, victims are often moved on to other offices.

    She says that the House of Commons Commission "struggles to tackle issues at pace" and she recommends that the Commission should meet "every week not every month".

  3. What is the Cox Report?

    Cox Report debate

    House of Commons


    The independent report, into the bullying and behaviour of those in Parliament, was ordered by former Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom in March 2018 in the wake of the Me Too scandal.

    The report highlighted proposed changes across Parliament, and even went so far as to suggest that some changes in leadership should be made before improvements can take place.

    Dame Laura Cox opened her report with the following words from an unnamed member of the House of Commons staff:

    “We are proud to work in the House of Commons, but when we are abused those who lead us should support us, not abandon us to our fate and cover up the traces. And those who abuse us should be held accountable. Establishing a new complaints and grievance process won’t come close to solving the problems in this place. We need a seismic shift. But the institution is worth fighting for.”

    The Cox Report was published on 15 October 2018.

  4. MPs debate bullying in Parliament

    Cox Report debate

    House of Commons


    Maria Miller

    Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, Maria Miller, says that progress has been "so very slow" in responding to the recommendations from the Cox Report on bullying in Parliament.

    She warns that Parliament could receive a Compliance Notice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission if the situation does not improve soon.

    "If you are made aware that you could be breaking the law, you don't wait eight months to do something about it," she states.

    "This place has very opaque management systems," she says, referring to Parliament, and she says the lack of transparency Parliament has would not be acceptable in the private sector.

  5. Jeremy Kyle declines DCMS inquiry appearance

    Jeremy Kyle has turned down a request to appear before MPs investigating reality TV.

    ITV axed The Jeremy Kyle Show in May, following the death of participant Steve Dymond.

    The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee then launched an inquiry into reality TV.

    Senior executives involved in the show will appear in front of MPs next week, but the star's representatives told the committee he would not give evidence.

    More here: Jeremy Kyle declines DCMS inquiry appearance

  6. Urgent question on Hong Kong

    MPs in the Commons are now hearing an urgent question about the situation in Hong Kong.

    Millions have taken to the streets against extradition proposals, which would allow extradition to mainland China.

    Protesters have been calling for a proposed extradition bill to be withdrawn and for Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam to resign.

    More here: Hong Kong protests: Carrie Lam sorry for extradition controversy

  7. Brexit Party asked to check legality of donations

    The Electoral Commission has asked the Brexit Party to check all past donations to confirm their legality, following concerns about a lack of transparency.

    Following a recent investigation into the party's funding structures, the watchdog said last week that although there was no evidence of illegality having occurred, there had been a "high and on-going risk" of the party accepting impermissible donations.

    The watchdog's director of regulation, Louise Edwards, told MPs on the Culture and Media Committee on Tuesday that the party needs to "go back, and look at the payments they have received, over or under £500, and they need to satisfy themselves that they are sure those amounts of money are permissible".

    "And if they are not, they need to forfeit those amounts of money."

    The Brexit Party says the regulator has made clear it had not broken any rules but it would follow the watchdog's recommendations for checking donors as soon as possible.

  8. Commons hears urgent question on Syria

    Syria urgent question

    House of Commons


    Alison McGovern

    Labour's Alison McGovern is asking an urgent question on Syria.

    Foreign Office Minister Dr Andrew Murrison says that the UN has confirmed that since April, at least 25 health facilities and 37 schools have been damaged by attacks in the Idlib area. The situation is causing "immense suffering", he adds.

    Ms McGovern says nearly 500 civilians have been killed due to ongoing airstrikes. She says that there has been "yet again the bombing of hospitals". The UN system providing protection to civilians is "simply not working".

    "We have failed Syria, but we need not continue to fail Syrians," she says.

    Dr Murrison replies that resolutions at the UN Security Council are "the cornerstone, the basis" of any future agreements and peace in the region.

  9. Minister faces question on care homes

    Health and Social Care questions

    House of Commons


    Health and Social Care Questions has started in the Commons.

    The first question on care homes comes from Labour's Emma Dent Coad, asking how many are rated good and outstanding for safety.

    Health Minister Caroline Dinenage says the government has introduced "robust inspection regimes" and adds that 84% of care homes are now rated good or outstanding overall.

    The Labour MP asks if the government is confident that the UK has a "generation of carers" to make sure that dementia sufferers are well cared for. She raises particular concerns of neglect for those suffering from dementia.

    Ms Dinenage replies that "abuse and neglect of any kind must not be tolerated".

  10. Today in the Commons

    Coming up...

    House of Commons


    MPs will start their day at 11:30 BST with questions to Health and Social Care ministers.

    Three urgent questions will then follow: one on Syria, one on protection of EU and British citizens in the event of no-deal Brexit, and a third on Hong Kong.

    A Ten Minute Rule Motion will then follow, on the Domestic Energy Efficiency Plan.

    There are two motions for MPs to approve this afternoon, one on church representation and the other on safeguarding vulnerable groups.

    The day will wrap up with a backbench debate on implementing the Cox report on bullying in Parliament.

    The adjournment debate today is on Bank Holidays in 2020.

  11. Watch Commons proceedings live

    That’s where we’ll leave our live text coverage of the Commons for this evening – but you can continue to watch this evening’s debates using the streams above.

  12. MPs debate oil tanker attacks


    The final urgent question today comes from Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson, who is looking for a ministerial response to the recent attacks on oil tankers along a key shipping route in the Gulf.

    Saudi Arabia has blamed its rival Iran for the attacks in the Gulf of Oman, which came a month after four others were targeted off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

    The US has also blamed the attacks on Iran, which denies any involvement. The UK says it is “almost certain” that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps were behind the most recent attack.

    Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt branded Jeremy Corbyn "pathetic" after he questioned whether the UK had "credible evidence" Iran was behind attacks.

  13. 'All options on table' - business minister

    House of Commons


    Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst says the government takes the safety of electrical products extremely seriously.

    She says Whirlpool has been given 10 days to respond to the recall notice issued by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

    OPSS officials are reviewing the company's response and "all enforcement options remain on the table", including formally serving the notice, she says.

  14. MPs debate recall of tumble dryers

    House of Commons


    The next in this afternoon’s four urgent questions comes from Labour MP Andy Slaughter, who asks about the recall notice for up to 500,000 Whirlpool tumble dryers over safety concerns.

    It comes four years after Whirlpool issued a warning after it found its Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit dryers had a fault which needed fixing.

    The fault was blamed for at least 750 fires over an 11-year period, according to the government.

    Whirlpool has said safety is its "number one priority".

  15. Labour MP raises concerns about food outsourcing

    House of Commons


    Labour MP Lucy Powell - whose constituency includes a hospital where two of the deaths occured - says the growth in outsourcing the supply of hospital food has led to safety issues.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock replies that he agrees that meals should be produced in-house "wherever possible".

    He says this is "best practice" and he will do what he can to ensure it is followed more widely throughout the NHS.

  16. What is listeria?

    Image caption: Figures show there were 33 deaths linked to listeriosis in England and Wales in 2017
    • Listeria is a bacterium that can cause a type of food poisoning called listeriosis
    • Normally, the symptoms are mild - a high temperature, chills, feeling sick - and go away on their own after a few days
    • But in this outbreak, the cases occurred in people who were already seriously ill in hospital and they are most at risk of severe infection
    • Listeria can then cause damage to organs, spread to the brain or bloodstream and be fatal
  17. Hancock: 'Severe consequences' for wrongdoing

    House of Commons


    Matt Hancock

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock says there have been nine confirmed cases of listeria in seven hospitals in April and May of this year.

    He says the nine cases - which have led to the five deaths so far - have been linked to sandwiches provided by a single supplier.

    He pledges that if evidence of wrongdoing is uncovered by the "full and thorough" review he has announced, there will be "severe consequences".

    However, he says the risk to the public generally is now "very low".