I wish you a good morning, Madam Deputy Speaker. There is no one that I would rather spend time breakfasting with than a daughter of Elderslie.
I rise to present a petition on behalf of my constituents. I was out yesterday in the Garthamlock area of my constituency campaigning with Ruairi Kelly and Mandy Morgan, and a number of constituents raised with me the proposed national insurance hike. We know that this will impact on the lowest-paid and youngest earners in our community, so I present the following petition on their behalf.
The petition states:
The petition of residents of the constituency of Glasgow East,
Notes that Her Majesty’s Government proposes a rise in National Insurance payments for all to offset costs related to reforms of health and social care policy in England; and declares that these measures will be deeply regressive to low income and young earners.
The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to abandon proposals to raise National Insurance payments with immediate effect.
And the petitioners remain, etc.