Results 1–20 of 3326 for speaker:Diane Abbott

Yarl’S Wood Detention Centre (6 Mar 2018)

Diane Abbott: (Urgent Question) To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the detention centre at Yarl’s Wood.

Yarl’S Wood Detention Centre (6 Mar 2018)

Diane Abbott: The shadow Attorney General and I travelled to Yarl’s Wood detention centre on Friday 23 February to inspect conditions and speak to some of the people detained there. The Minister will be aware that I have been pressing for such access to the centre since the autumn of 2016. The timing of our visit coincided with a hunger strike by some of the detainees, who were protesting at what...

Yarl’S Wood Detention Centre (6 Mar 2018)

Diane Abbott: indicated assent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Domestic Violence (26 Feb 2018)

Diane Abbott: We on the Labour Benches also wish to thank the brave fire crews in Leicester, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. It is welcome that the Home Secretary has expressed concern about domestic violence, but we know that, on average, two women a week are killed by a current or former partner. That is the end point of too much domestic violence. We also know that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (26 Feb 2018)

Diane Abbott: Ministers will be aware that I visited Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre last week, after a year of asking the Home Office to be allowed to visit. Are Ministers aware of the long-standing concerns about the quality of medical care at Yarl’s Wood—concerns that were raised with me by so many women last week? Is the Minister aware that victims of trafficking and sexual...

Immigration White Paper (5 Feb 2018)

Diane Abbott: The immigration White Paper was originally scheduled to be published last summer. Then, Ministers told the Home Affairs Committee that it would be published before Christmas. Does not this constant postponement speak to the chaos and confusion on immigration in the Department as a whole? Does the Minister accept that, as the director general of the Confederation of British Industry said,...

Parole Board: Transparency and Victim Support: Stalking Protection Bill (19 Jan 2018)

Diane Abbott: I congratulate the hon. Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston) on bringing forward this very important Bill. We have had a short but well-informed debate that people who are interested in this issue will read and appreciate. As many Members have said, stalking can be an extremely serious offence that has been exacerbated by the rise in online communication. The victims are usually women who are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Mental Health Assessments: Detention (8 Jan 2018)

Diane Abbott: On the question of detention, the Minister will have read recent reports that immigration detainees are being paid £1 an hour. Will the Minister assure the House that no children are currently being held in detention, that no pregnant women are currently being held in detention and that no one is being paid below the legal minimum wage in any of the immigration detention centres?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Cyber-crime (8 Jan 2018)

Diane Abbott: Cyber-crime is one of the fastest-growing forms of crime, but after we have left the EU, the European Commission will still issue directives that relate to tackling cyber-crime; Europol will still continue to operate to apprehend criminals; and the European Court of Justice will still issue rulings. What steps is the Home Office taking to ensure the continued alignment of UK laws and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Violence against Women and Girls (8 Jan 2018)

Diane Abbott: Further to the Home Secretary’s response to the question about the John Worboys case, can she explain why her Department is still pursuing two of John Worboys’ victims, knowns as DSD and NBV, all the way to the Supreme Court in an apparent effort to avoid paying compensation? She will be aware that those victims are women whose cases the lower courts have already found not to have...

Policing (19 Dec 2017)

Diane Abbott: The test of the Government’s police funding proposals is the impact they will have on policing and counter-terrorism activity on the ground. The Minister can spin a convincing story here in the Chamber, but will what he is announcing really enable police forces to meet the challenge and reality of modern policing? The Minister says that he has been listening to chief constables and...

Harassment in Public Life (18 Dec 2017)

Diane Abbott: Does the Home Secretary agree that vigorous debate and insults have been a feature of political life in this country for centuries? It was the distinguished Conservative politician Benjamin Disraeli who described the smile of his opponent Robert Peel as resembling “the silver fittings on a coffin.” But does she also agree that the abuse and harassment of recent years is...

Report on Recent Terrorist Attacks (5 Dec 2017)

Diane Abbott: I thank the Home Secretary for prior sight of both the report and her statement. It was sad to read the report and to reimagine, and almost relive, the terrible terrorist incidents that we have seen this year, but it must be infinitely sad for the relatives of the victims and for the survivors. As the Home Secretary has said, the thoughts of everyone in the House are with those relatives and...

Online Hate Speech (30 Nov 2017)

Diane Abbott: The Home Secretary will appreciate that the Labour party believes that the United States is our most important ally. We anticipate that any British Government would want to work closely with the United States on issues of mutual concern, and we bow to no one in our affection and respect for the American people, but on the question of the online activities of the 45th President, does she...

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Diane Abbott: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the developments surrounding the alleged manipulation of forensic evidence at the Randox and Trimega laboratories in Manchester.

Forensic Evidence: Alleged Manipulation (27 Nov 2017)

Diane Abbott: Does the Minister accept that this is the biggest forensic science scandal for decades? It involves not only data that includes evidence used in sex cases, violent crimes, driving cases and unexplained deaths, but the liberty of subjects, so does he understand the concerns of victims and of people who might have been convicted on the basis of unsafe data? Is it true that Ministers did not...

Written Answers — Home Office: Grenfell Tower: Fires (21 Nov 2017)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many meetings have been held between Ministers and civil servants of her Department and representatives from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the introduction of the discretionary 12 months leave to remain visa for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire; when such meetings took place; who attended such meetings; and if she...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention (20 Nov 2017)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to implement a policy to encourage or mandate the retro-fitting of sprinklers into high-rise buildings; and if he will make a statement.

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