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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.

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

Dawn Butler: The Government’s own figures show that since 2010 there has been a dramatic drop—more than 10,000—in the number of women taking equal pay cases to the tribunal, yet over the same period there has been a significant increase in the number of men doing so. Can the Minister explain those figures?

Schools White Paper (13 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I want to pick up on what the hon. Member for Telford (Lucy Allan) has said. All Members, from all parts of the House, strive to make sure that every school is a good school, and that children are taught by great teachers. Academisation of schools does not, in itself, achieve that. It is important that we make that clear and that we do not pretend otherwise. I would like to send my...

Schools White Paper (13 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: That is a good point, and my hon. Friend makes it very well. The chief executive of England’s largest multi-academy trust, AET, has admitted that there is less autonomy for schools in academy trusts than there is for schools that are maintained by local authorities. He has even said that schools will not be able to opt out if the ethos does not fit that of the school. That is a problem....

Tax Avoidance and Evasion (13 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: I had a conversation with a Conservative Member who suggested to me that Members should declare their unearned earnings. Does my hon. Friend know what that means?

Tax Avoidance and Evasion (13 Apr 2016)

Dawn Butler: Does my hon. Friend think the comments that have been made—for instance, the right hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Sir Alan Duncan) said, “If you are not wealthy, you are a low achiever”—have added to the public’s distrust of politicians in this place?

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