MP’s debut at PMQs

September 30 2016

Bristol West MP, Thangam Debbonaire took her first opportunity to ask a question of the Prime Minister at PMQs in early September.

Bristol West MP, Thangam Debbonaire took her first opportunity to ask a question of the Prime Minister at PMQs in early September.

She raised the concerns of British universities about the implications of exiting the European Union. Thangam asked:

“Mr Speaker, I’m sure the whole house will be delighted the UK hosts disproportionate numbers of the world’s finest universities. However, some of them are saying that they are already being shut out of collaborations with other fine universities in the European Union, in anticipation of Brexit. This has serious and immediate implications for scientific, medical, engineering and other research and for our economic prosperity. Can the Prime Minister please explain how she intends to remedy this situation?”

Theresa May warmly welcomed Thangam Debbonaire in taking her place in the Commons and replied that the chancellor had given certain guarantees to the universities regarding funding decisions taken by the European Union. She said: “We are standing behind our universities because we recognise the value that they are giving to the country.”