Covenantal speeches

Each week the New Social Covenant Unit recognises Members of Parliament for their covenantal credentials as spotted on the green benches.

An ode to Britain by Lisa Nandy MP

An ode to Britain by Lisa Nandy MP

In her response to the debate on ‘power in communities’, Nandy reaffirmed her commitment to seeing and honouring the assets of every place in her ode to the British people and their affection for the places they live. As usual, we ignore the party political point...

Sir Bill Cash MP pays tribute to Brexit forebear

Sir Bill Cash MP pays tribute to Brexit forebear

The Unit is increasingly spotting covenantal credentials on Whitehall as much as in the Commons. In his ‘Mais Lecture’ the Chancellor set the record straight on Adam Smith’s oft misunderstood 'invisible hand’. "Smiths account of the market economy, is not as some have...

Trust the people, says Jane Stevenson MP

Trust the people, says Jane Stevenson MP

This week, the debate on the new Covid-19 regulations saw MPs from across the House venture into new political territory. Could a new radical consensus be emerging from the fall out over the restrictions? On Tuesday night, both left and right resisted authoritarian...

Do it for the common good, says Caroline Lucas MP

Do it for the common good, says Caroline Lucas MP

This week, the debate on the new Covid-19 regulations saw MPs from across the House venture into new political territory. Could a new radical consensus be emerging from the fall out over the restrictions? On Tuesday night, both left and right resisted authoritarian...

Growth, at what cost?, asks Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Growth, at what cost?, asks Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Over on the Opposition benches, we detected the covenantal tradition within left wing politics too. Rebecca Long-Bailey, known for her service in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet, is usually thought of as a statist rather than a communitarian. But in the lesser known...

Build Back Bury, says James Daly MP

Build Back Bury, says James Daly MP

This week, James Daly MP called on the Minister for Sport to help his constituents buy Gigg Lane, the home stadium of Bury Football Club. In an Urgent Question about the ‘Fan Led Review of Football Governance’ published on Thursday, Daly asked the Minister: ‘As the...

Take back control, says John McDonnell MP

Take back control, says John McDonnell MP

Brexit may be done but there is more we can do to secure sovereignty to local places too. The Finance Bill debate saw John McDonnell praise the inaugural recipient of this prize, Jerome Mayhew MP, who welcomed the draught beer relief for it provides £100 million a...

Give local people a say, says Matt Vickers MP

Give local people a say, says Matt Vickers MP

The Secretary of State himself gave witness to the Levelling Up Select Committee this week in another display of unwavering commitment to the new social covenant. Responding to a question from the MP for Stockton South, Matt Vickers, about the role of ‘street votes’...

We need a new social covenant, says Miriam Cates MP

We need a new social covenant, says Miriam Cates MP

'Big state does not create the best conditions for human freedom and flourishing. There are many problems that the Government cannot solve and the Government cannot make us good. 'The ambition must be to develop a new social covenant where the Government provide the...

Trust the people, says Jo Gideon MP

Trust the people, says Jo Gideon MP

Jo Gideon MP championed principles of the new social covenant in the budget debate on Monday night.  Jo said that levelling up is about 'owning' the challenges and the solutions that her constituency faces by 'trusting the people and investing in our social...

What about towns and villages, asks Jerome Mayhew MP

What about towns and villages, asks Jerome Mayhew MP

The MP for Broadland, Jerome Mayhew, asked the Minister of State, Kemi Badenoch if ‘levelling up’ is more than a transfer of resources from South to North but rather 'that it spreads the opportunities often seen in cities to the towns and villages of our communities,...