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Cannabis-Based Medicines (19 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: I thank the Home Secretary for prior sight of his statement. I am well aware of the damage that cannabis consumption can cause, whether it is the health of very young consumers or ganja psychosis. The newer forms of cannabis, notably skunk, are very much stronger than the cannabis available a generation ago. However, I am also aware, as the Home Secretary will be, that a former chairman of...

Medicinal Cannabis (18 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: Is the Minister aware that the public are increasingly dismayed by the Government’s handling of the question of cannabis oil for medical use? I remind him that the concentration of the relevant compounds in cannabis oil is so small that nobody could possibly get any recreational use from it. I accept that the Home Secretary moved swiftly to allow a short-term supply for Billy Caldwell...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: I understand about the arrangements for compensation, but what about a hardship fund now—an interim hardship fund?

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: I am proud to stand at this Dispatch Box and bear witness to the Windrush generation. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) on her excellent speech, and my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) and my hon. Friend the Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler) on their good speeches. Nearly everyone in the Chamber this afternoon has...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: At one and the same time, the Windrush generation were both anti-colonialist but deeply respectful of a range of British institutions, including royalty. It may surprise some Government Members, but if someone meets a West Indian who was educated in the West Indies between the war and asks them to recite some poetry, they will promptly and with enthusiasm recite a piece of Keats or Shelley....

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: The Windrush generation was both anti-colonialist and devoted to the royal family. As the years turned into decades of their settlement in the UK, their relatives all over the Caribbean had treasured photographs, in pride of place on their mantelpiece, of that generation together with their children in their Sunday best, posed against a country house background in an inner-city photographic...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: That is an excellent point, and many of the Windrush generation people I have met or tried to help have been completely frustrated by the fact that they had a whole ream of showing that they had been paying tax for all these years, but still the Home Office rejected their claim that they had been legally here. I am afraid to say that this is a product of a system put in place by this...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (11 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: In 2017, as the House has heard, the UK was subject to five terrorist attacks, which killed 36 people, injured many more and terrified millions. Furthermore, this year there was the shocking assassination attempt on Sergei and Yulia Skripal. So it is reasonable that the Government should review, and if necessary update, counter-terrorism legislation and arrangements for border security....

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (11 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: I have visited Prevent programmes and I am aware that good work is being done, but the figure that 95% of deradicalisation programmes are not effective should not be put to one side. We have to address it and we have to address whether there is any connection at all with the fact that Prevent is a tainted brand among the members of some communities.

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (11 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: I accept the need for a programme that does what Prevent purports to do, but there is a danger. If we do not review the activities of Prevent, it may prove counterproductive in the very communities we want to work with. As for the question of local authorities becoming referral agents, at least the police have had some training in this matter, whatever we think of the programme, but local...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (11 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: I said quite clearly that we would seek to review it. We could not at this point press the pause button, but the data we have about the effectiveness of deradicalisation programmes and what we know about how Prevent is regarded in some parts of the community means that we would want to review it. One of the most worrying aspects of the Bill is the creation of powers of detention,...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (11 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: I think I have said three times that we broadly support the Bill in principle, but we are Her Majesty’s Opposition and we are entitled to set out our reservations on Second Reading. There is much in the Bill about increasing sentences for terrorism-related activity. I say seriously to the Home Secretary that he also needs to look at what more could be done to guard against...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (11 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: I think Members are seeking to have me say what they want me to say and are not listening to my speech. What I am saying is that it is all well and good to put more people in prison for longer, but there is more we could do about radicalisation in prison. It is shocking to me to see young men, who had no connection with Islam before going into prison, coming out of prison as Islamic radicals....

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (11 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: I agree with my hon. Friend. That is what we are hearing from police leaders all the time. They want to do their very best against terrorism, but the cuts to the number of officers puts them under a great deal of strain. Broadly, and in principle, we support the Bill. As the Home Secretary would expect, we will give it particularly careful scrutiny in Committee. We hope it will come out of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Family Reunion (4 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: The importance of family life ought to unite both sides of the House, but the current rules break up families, as many of us see in our own constituency case loads week after week. The rules are inhumane and in breach of the right to a family life under article 8 of the European convention on human rights. It is also unfortunate that legal aid for some of these applications, which was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (4 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: With reference to the earlier questions on how the cap on tier 2 visas is depriving the NHS of much-needed doctors, the visa cap is damaging the NHS at a time when it is already facing a doctor shortage of 10,000 and an overall staff shortage of more than 100,000. The Home Office is turning away doctors the NHS needs because it is unable to breach the cap. Ministers have referred to briefings...

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (25 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to consult with EU citizens resident in the UK on the new IT system and process for applying for settled status.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (25 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations his Department has received from EU citizens resident in the UK on the ease of use of the new IT system and process for applying for settled status.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (25 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to increase awareness among EU citizens resident in the UK of the new process for applying for settled status.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (25 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the new process for applying for settled status for EU citizens resident in the UK is user-friendly for applicants who have English as a second language.


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