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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Residency Rights (EU Nationals) (16 Oct 2017)

Diane Abbott: The Minister will be aware that we cannot move on to trade talks with EU negotiators until we have resolved the questions of the Irish border, the financial settlement and EU citizens’ rights. When will Ministers accept that the Government’s current proposals on EU citizens’ rights post-Brexit fall short because, among other things, EU citizens will not have the same right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: International Students (16 Oct 2017)

Diane Abbott: The Minister knows that international students are different from other types of migrants. They are temporary; they make a vital economic and cultural contribution to our universities; they contribute billions of pounds to our economy; and public opinion correctly does not think of students as immigrants. When will Ministers listen to voices from all parts of the House and remove...

Immigration Act 2016: Section 67 (19 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: The House understands the Government’s preference to take unaccompanied children directly from the region. I have visited the camps in France and Greece. The Minister needs to be reminded that the children are already there, often living in horrible conditions and at the mercy of traffickers and sexual exploitation. How many children in 2017-18 will come into this country under section...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: Everyone in this Chamber knows that drug abuse casts a long shadow over our society. Whether it is the many thousands of crimes committed by drug users seeking to fund their habit—fully 45% of acquisitive crime is committed by regular heroin or crack cocaine users—the chaos caused in families and communities by drug use, or the lives ruined or cut short by it, the scale of the...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: My hon. Friend is exactly right, because the purpose of transferring responsibility to local authorities was that they should bring together all the stakeholders, including police and crime commissioners and the local police.

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: It is unfortunate that many authorities, including many Labour authorities, privatised these services. Privatising them necessarily makes it harder to achieve the co-ordination and co-operation that was the whole point of having these services sit in the local authorities. Local councils face unprecedented cuts to their funding—anything from 25% to 40% of their entire budget. Is it any...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his intervention. We cannot have a meaningful strategy on drug abuse without looking at the question of resources, but I would be the first to say that it is more complex than simply providing more money. To give an overview of what local authorities are facing, Barnsley cut its drug and alcohol service by more than a third between 2015-16 and...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: I think that the public health cuts were disastrous. The Treasury, in an extraordinary example of short-term thinking, clawed back the funds that had been promised. The King’s Fund has shown that local authorities in England are being forced to spend more than 5% less on public health initiatives this year than in 2014, and tackling drug misuse in adults will face a 5.5% cut of more...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: My hon. Friend is a passionate proponent of decriminalisation, and I think that he makes his own case. The strategy claims that the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 has been hugely successful in stopping the proliferation of legal highs. It is true that in the first six months since the Act came into force nearly 500 people were arrested. However, as various drug charities suspected, despite...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: This is a very important debate, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (Simon Hart) on securing it. We have to be clear that we are talking not about robust debate, however robust it is, but about mindless abuse. In my case, the mindless abuse has been characteristically racist and sexist. I have had death threats, and people tweeting that I should...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: We will have to agree to disagree.

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: I am afraid I cannot give way, because I am mindful of the time. The type of racist and sexist abuse I get is not tied to any events in this particular election campaign. This is not about just politicians or even women politicians. Any woman who goes into the public space can expect that type of abuse. People will remember how Mary Beard, the historian, received horrible abuse online...

UK Elections: Abuse and Intimidation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: In closing, I want to make a couple of points, the first of which is that there is a relationship between online abuse and mainstream media commentary; in my office, we always see, at the very least, a spike in abuse after there has been a lot of negative stuff in the media. Online abuse and abuse generally are not the preserve of any one party or any one party faction, and to pretend that is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire Prevention and Safety (3 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: The concerns about fire prevention and safety are vital issues, but does the Minister agree that we should not lose sight of the immediate plight of the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, their families and their community? Does he understand that one of the factors preventing people from coming forward, either to obtain the help that they need or to provide the information that we need,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Family Rights (3 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: Under the freedom of movement rules, EU citizens are currently not obliged to meet that minimum income threshold if they wish to bring in family members. However, UK citizens do have to meet a minimum income threshold, which the Supreme Court has said causes hardship and ignores the rights of children. Is it not therefore fair to say that this new regime proposed by the Government means that...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Diane Abbott: I beg to move an amendment, at the end of the Question to add: “but respectfully regret that the Gracious Speech fails to end cuts to the police and the fire service; commend the response of the emergency services to the recent terrorist attacks and to the Grenfell Tower fire; call on the Government to recruit more police officers and fire-fighters; and further call on the Government to...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Diane Abbott: It is not for me in this—[Interruption.] I think that the hon. Gentleman will find that the funding available to the Administration in Wales has been cut. In her statement to the House last week, the Home Secretary said: “We have protected the police budget from 2015.” She went on to say: “There has been a lot of scaremongering about changes to the budget, and I repeat...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Diane Abbott: The public fully appreciate that community policing and bobbies on the beat are important, not just in respect of knife and gun crime but also in providing the first line of connection and communication with the community when it comes to tackling terrorism. I was wondering who the Home Secretary was accusing of scaremongering. Was it the president of the Police Superintendents Association of...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Diane Abbott: Government Members can mock, but Londoners are very concerned that within the overall levels of crime, there is rising violent, knife and gun crime. No, I have never heard the Metropolitan police talk so clearly about funding problems.

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Diane Abbott: I need to make some progress. When the Home Secretary accuses people of scaremongering, she should explain why every stakeholder in policing is saying that there is an increasing problem with Government cuts to policing.


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