Results 1–20 of 3668 for speaker:Diane Abbott

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill: New Clause 8 - Lone terrorists: Review of strategy (21 Jul 2020)

Diane Abbott: I rise to speak in support of the amendments. The stakes in any debate about terrorism and how to combat terrorism successfully are extremely high, because these are issues that involve the lives and liberties of all of us. Children as well as adults have lost their lives in some of these terrible incidents, particularly in the horrific Manchester Arena bombing. Police officers have been...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill: New Clause 8 - Lone terrorists: Review of strategy (21 Jul 2020)

Diane Abbott: Does my hon. Friend accept that the concern about TPIMs is not just the breadth of measures available but their indefinite nature against people who have not actually been tried and charged?

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (18 May 2020)

Diane Abbott: Like my good friend the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), I shall be voting against this Bill. It is a bad Bill. It is bad in principle, bad in practice and it sends a terrible message to migrants and the children of migrants. The Bill does indeed abolish freedom of movement—although once this country voted to brexit, freedom of movement would have...

Women and Equalities: Covid-19: BAME Communities (6 May 2020)

Diane Abbott: What steps the Government are taking to tackle the disproportionate number of BAME deaths from covid-19.

Women and Equalities: Covid-19: BAME Communities (6 May 2020)

Diane Abbott: The Minister will be aware that of the 17 doctors who have died from covid-19, 16 are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. So will she be speaking to her ministerial colleagues in the Department of Health about the NHS surcharge for migrants? It cannot be right that NHS migrant workers, who are frequently BAME, pay twice for the NHS, first in taxation and then through the...

Domestic Abuse Bill (28 Apr 2020)

Diane Abbott: We live in extraordinary times. Unfortunately, there is nothing extraordinary about domestic violence. It affects women of all classes and in all walks of life, and the figures show that it has got considerably worse in the course of the coronavirus lockdown. I welcome this important Bill. There are ways in which it could be improved, but in principle it represents a real step forward. First,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Windrush Lessons Learned Review (27 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will publish the Windrush lessons learned review; and if she will make a statement.

Financial and Social Emergency Support Package (25 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: Does my right hon. Friend share my concern for that particular group of victims who are people with no recourse to public funds? They cannot work in a situation where so much of the economy has been closed down, and they have no legal rights to benefits of any kind—even the paltry level of benefits that the Government are talking about. They are not the only group, but these people face...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: As I said in Committee, the Opposition support the Bill in principle, but it is unfortunate that we have had to discuss it before we have had a proper debate about the lessons learned review. One thing that that review said was that this was not a mistake: there were problems in the whole culture and leadership of the Home Office. I understand why, given the public health tragedy in which...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: Does the Minister not accept, though, that because the scheme is called the Windrush compensation scheme, some people might assume that it is only for people from the West Indies?

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: I just want to confirm that it is not our intention to vote against the Bill, and it is our intention to not press our amendments. Just before the debate comes to a close, I would like to express, on his behalf, the regret of my colleague and right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) for not being here. He is in self-isolation due to the current public health problems. Amendment,...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: Is the Minister happy with the very low level of pay-out from the Windrush compensation scheme thus far?

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: We are debating this important Bill in the shadow of the terrible existential crisis of coronavirus. However, it would be wrong to let the debate go past without sharing the perspectives of large numbers of the Windrush cohort on the arrangements for compensation. As was said in the Windrush lessons learned review: “Members of the Windrush generation and their children have been poorly...

Home Department: Settled Status for EU Citizens: Internet Access (23 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: On behalf of Opposition Members, I offer my profound sympathy to the families of the 289 persons who have died in this unheard-of pandemic. On the settlement scheme, we obviously welcome the fact that 3 million persons have been successfully processed, but Ministers will be aware that the number of rejections is on a rising curve, with 300 last month. That is increasingly because of problems...

Home Department: Shop Workers: Protection from Violence (23 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: On the question of protecting shop workers and owners, as was referred to earlier, we have all seen the unfortunate recent scenes of disorder in supermarkets when persons attempt to stockpile in response to the coronavirus. We have seen shelves swept clean just hours after the shops open, the apparent shortages of very basic products such as paracetamol, and the elderly being unable to...

Home Department: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: I wish to return to the subject of that category of person under immigration legislation who has no recourse to public funds. Because of the coronavirus epidemic and the consequent shutdown of large parts of the economy, these persons will not be able to work. We welcome the help for workers through bank loans and the benefit system that the Government have brought in, but the category of...

Windrush Lessons Learned Review (19 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: We meet as a House of Commons at a time of unprecedented national crisis—a national crisis that none of us has seen before in our lifetime—but I am sure the Home Secretary will agree that we should not allow the fact that the review has been published at a time of national crisis to mean that the review and its recommendations are buried. The Windrush generation deserve better than that....

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: I listened with interest to the Minister’s presentation. In particular, I listened when he described the Conservative party as the natural party of law and order. Not all of our constituents would agree with that, having seen the relative cuts in funding and the spike in violent crime. I shall return to that later. I wish to say at the outset that the Opposition will not be opposing the...

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing some reality to the discussion. The Opposition have learnt that police chiefs have also recently been told to find another £165 million in 2019-20 and up to £417 million in 2020-21 as a result of the overhaul of pension schemes recently announced by the Treasury. We of course support better police pensions, and indeed better public sector...

Policing (England and Wales) (24 Feb 2020)

Diane Abbott: As we know, the Labour Mayor is ultimately dependent on funding from the Government. Given the funding available, I am confident that Sadiq Khan has done the very best he can. The issue comes back to the totality of funding and the police funding formula. The Tories cut the police and they should own it—cuts have consequences. But they also did much worse: they presided over soaring serious...


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