Results 1–20 of 2206 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Diane Abbott

Immigration Detention: Shaw Review (24 Jul 2018)

Diane Abbott: I am grateful to the Home Secretary for giving me prior sight of his statement. In a way, it is telling that we are having this statement as the last one of this parliamentary Session. Some may be concerned it will not get the attention it deserves, but, in a way, that is symptomatic. Immigration detention and the conditions in immigration detention have always existed in the shadows, without...

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (23 Jul 2018)

Diane Abbott: Urgent Question: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to make a statement on the Government’s policy on the rendition of UK citizens who may be subject to capital punishment.

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (23 Jul 2018)

Diane Abbott: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question. The whole House is united in condemning terrorism and the work of ISIS, and anyone found guilty of terrorism should face the full force of the law, but in an increasingly dangerous and unstable world, one of our strengths as a country is our willingness to stand up unflinchingly for human rights. It is a key aspect of our soft power....

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: UK Visas and Immigration (16 Jul 2018)

Diane Abbott: Is the Minister aware that delays in responding are one of the biggest problems for the public, for business and for Members of Parliament trying to help their constituents? I have innumerable such cases, including that of Ms Rettie Grace Downer, who submitted an application for further leave in 2005 and whose application is still outstanding 13 years later. Does she recognise the danger of...

Immigration: Pausing the Hostile Environment (12 Jul 2018)

Diane Abbott: The Opposition welcome the limited measures that have been announced, including the temporary end to data sharing and further advice for employers and landlords. However, I have met with a number of members of the Windrush generation who have been caught up in the Government’s net, both at meetings that I have organised and at meetings organised by my right hon. Friend the Member for...

Amesbury Update (9 Jul 2018)

Diane Abbott: I thank the Home Secretary for making his statement to the House and for allowing me prior sight of it. I welcome the fact that he is doing his best to keep the House promptly updated on this very serious incident. The whole House appreciates that he chaired another Cobra meeting on this important issue this morning. The first thing that must be said is that our deepest sympathies go out to...

Amesbury Incident (5 Jul 2018)

Diane Abbott: I thank the Home Secretary for making his statement to this House and for giving me prior sight of it. The whole House appreciates that he came here directly from a Cobra meeting. As he said, the first duty of any Government is to secure the safety and security of their people and all those resident in this country. No Government can allow the poisoning of their citizens or residents as they...

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....


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