Results 1–20 of 2167 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

G4S: Immigration Removal Centres (8 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the renewal of G4S’s contract to run the Brook House and Tinsley House immigration removal centres.

G4S: Immigration Removal Centres (8 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: Is the Minister aware of the concern that the Government put out news of the renewal of the G4S contract on the Friday between local elections and a bank holiday? There must be a suspicion that the Government were hoping to escape scrutiny—the fact that the contract was renewed at all is an even greater scandal. The Minister mentioned the “Panorama” programme, but is she...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: rose—

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I simply want to respond to the Home Secretary by saying that I have been online condemning the racist abuse against him. I know what racist abuse is. Everyone in the Opposition, without exception, condemns the names that he has been called.

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, that she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the following papers be provided to the Home Affairs Committee: all papers, correspondence and advice including emails and text messages, from 11 May 2010 up to and including 1 May 2018, to and between Ministers, senior officials and Special Advisers relating to...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for reminding us of why Brixton was a focus for the Windrush generation. West London—Paddington, Notting Hill—was also a focus, largely because people got off at Paddington and looked for somewhere to live. The Home Secretary has said that he “will do what it takes” to sort out the Windrush scandal, and I hope this afternoon’s...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s intervention. I was going to make that point in the course of my remarks. The Windrush generation were the first cohort to come here, but then there was south Asia, Sri Lanka—there is a whole series of Commonwealth migrants who, unless the Home Secretary does what it takes, will suffer the same humiliation as the Windrush generation.

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I listened with interest to what the hon. Member for North Dorset (Simon Hoare) said, but he will understand that this debate is being watched all over the Commonwealth, and being watched by the Windrush generation people themselves, and it is important that we all show a genuine concern, because they are the focus of the debate. The Windrush scandal raises a number of issues of paramount...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: Nobody on the Opposition side of the House supports illegal immigration, but the hon. Gentleman must appreciate how distressing it is for the Windrush generation to see the way that Members on the Government side of the House turn to illegal immigration whenever the subject of the Windrush generation is raised. They were not illegal. It is interesting how Members on the Government side of the...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I feel I have to make some progress. There is no question but that the existence of these targets put pressure on officials to hit those targets and contributed to the way the Windrush generation was treated. So the question is posed—

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I am conscious that a number of hon. Members want to contribute to the debate, therefore I am anxious to make progress. So given that the Prime Minister knew so much about the target regime, we have to wonder, when she heard the various denials from the former Home Secretary, did she not think to correct the record, or at least advise the then Home Secretary accurately to correct the record?...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: A number of hon. Members want to contribute to this important debate, and I am anxious to make progress. Ministers now express their concern about the Windrush generation, saying that they came here, were invited and have contributed to this country’s prosperity. I might add that the Windrush generation enriched us in many other ways too, socially and culturally. That is what migrants...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I am afraid not. I am trying to make progress. The warnings from the Opposition and individuals such as myself, and from all sorts of stakeholders, were ignored. The Government ploughed ahead regardless, with the consequences that we all see. I also want to point out to the House that the Windrush generation also includes people who came here as children before 1973. They have to be...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: It does not seem that we have moved away from the Windrush situation altogether if somebody is being asked for two pieces of documentation for every year they have been here, as that was the problem for the Windrush generation—excessively rigid demands for documentation and no proper guidance.

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: No. So the children of people who came here before 1973 have to be considered, and as my hon. Friends have said, the scandal also includes those who came from many other Commonwealth countries, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and countries in west Africa. It is not just about the Caribbean; these cases arise now only because many of those people came here—were invited...

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I am afraid that I need to make progress. I know that the Home Secretary is going to speak about his proposals for a package of measures to increase transparency.

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I give way to my hon. Friend. [Laughter.]

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: I can only speculate about why the Government would vote against this motion.

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: Do Government Members understand how voting against this motion will look to the Commonwealth and the Windrush generation here? Do Government Members understand how the laughter that we heard a few minutes ago will be seen by the Windrush generation? It is as if they do not take this issue seriously.

Windrush (2 May 2018)

Diane Abbott: As I was saying, Windrush generation persons and people who live in Commonwealth countries will be watching this debate, and they will have heard Government Members laugh. They will get the sense that Government Members are not taking this matter entirely seriously.


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