Results 1–20 of 295 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Dawn Butler

“Educational Excellence Everywhere”: Academies (9 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: I feel rather embarrassed for the Minister as the Government tried to sneak through this U-turn during one of the most racist campaigns that we have ever seen in the capital. Toby Young admitted that he had been arrogant and regretted criticising teachers, state schools and local education authorities. Will the Minister acknowledge that the teachers, the Labour party, the students and the...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: We have just heard about the land held by TfL, and Labour Members are seeking guarantees that houses built on TfL land will be properly affordable for people living in London. There is only one person who has guaranteed that that will be the case: my right hon. Friend the Member for Tooting (Sadiq Khan). If the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) wants to ensure that affordable...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: I will not give way now as I want to get into my stride. My hon. Friend the Member for Westminster North (Ms Buck) and I were in the Members’ Tea Room not long ago exchanging really sad stories about our constituents. It was heartbreaking for us to share those housing stories. More than anyone else on the Opposition Benches, we need to ensure that the Bill is right for our constituents...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: I am a London MP. It might be difficult for Members who are not London MPs to understand how difficult and how unaffordable it is to live in London, but that is why London MPs make the points they do. It may be of interest that Londoners will be voting on Thursday in what is almost a referendum on the housing crisis in London.

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: The Minister was talking about amendment 47. The important principle of the Khan amendment is that if a council sells social housing, it should replace it in the same area. On starter homes, it would be really great if the Minister could confirm that starter homes in my Brent constituency will be no more than 190,000, because that would change the whole tone of this debate.

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: Will the Minister please clarify what “higher-value properties” means? How much?

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Dawn Butler: One of the Lords amendments refers to the principle behind the Khan amendment, which is that when a unit of social housing is sold, another must be built in the local area in which the sale took place. Does the Minister agree with that?

Trade Union Bill: Provision for electronic balloting: review and piloting scheme (27 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I am grateful to the Minister for allowing me to speak. He says that it might be pointless to have a review and all the other various stages, and I agree with him. A review of the technology is pointless, because it already exists. It has already been mentioned that the Conservative party has used the technology and, as a previous programmer, I can tell the Minister that it already exists and...

Immigration Bill: Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support (25 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: After being at the Council of Europe last week and hearing representations in relation to the claims made by Save the Children that 26,000 children have gone missing, and hearing other countries talk about what they are doing in regard to those children, I can say that we are not doing as much as we should be doing. To say that we will not pass this amendment will be embarrassing for us as a...

Homelessness: Edmonton (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I thank my hon. Friend for raising very important issues with regard to homelessness and accommodation for families and individuals. As she says, councils must do more to ensure that accommodation is not overcrowded.

BBC: Diversity (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) and the hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant) on securing this important debate. I wish to talk about two things: optics and solutions. The optics of what we do are very important, both in this place and in the BBC. There is the saying, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” Sometimes,...

BBC: Diversity (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: My hon. Friend makes a valuable point, and I shall return to it later in my speech. I do not watch the BBC that often, but I remember watching “EastEnders” in my younger days and thinking how strange it was, given that I am from the east end, that there were hardly any black people in the programme. When a black person did appear, they were totally unrepresentative of any black...

BBC: Diversity (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I am not quite sure that I follow the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. I thought it was linked to the EU.

BBC: Diversity (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: It has already been said that anything and everything the Government think is important is written into the BBC charter. There is no excuse for that not to happen. The charter already takes into consideration how many current affairs programmes and children’s programmes should be made, as well as the number of programmes that should be made in Scotland and Wales and so on. If the BBC...

BBC: Diversity (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: True to form, my hon. Friend offers a radical solution. Yes, I agree that there should be elections. They would produce interesting results, and that is what we need. Ofcom should ensure that the black, Asian and minority ethnic population has a systematic process to allow the industry to hear its views and concerns by setting up an advisory board. I cannot stress strongly enough to the...

BBC: Diversity (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: Absolutely. This is an important solution to the problem. We would not have to rely on people thinking they knew who to go to. It would open and widen the field to members of the community who actually knew who to go to. The advisory board would be based on the same model as the advisory committees in each nation that provide Ofcom with detailed expert insight into the challenges facing...

BBC: Diversity (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I am coming to the end of my speech, Mr Deputy Speaker. I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. My ambitions for my community are always as big as possible and know no bounds. My next plea relates to the “The Real McCoy”. There has been a long-standing campaign for the BBC to bring the show back, but one of the reasons that has not happened is that the archive has apparently...

Women and Equalities: Effects of 2016 Budget (14 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: What assessment she has made of the effect of measures in the 2016 Budget on different genders.

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