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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

Graham Allen: George Orwell said: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” I would like to try to tell some truths in the brief time I have. Every Prime Minister in my political lifetime has fostered the elitism that bit back in the referendum. Those leaders held that the European project was far too precious to share with our people. They failed to build a...

Backbench Business: Summer Adjournment (21 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: Madam Deputy Speaker, you and I played a part in the creation of the Backbench Business Committee in its early days. I am very proud of that and I hope you are, too. I am equally proud that it has restored the ability of Back-Bench Members of all parties to raise issues of concern to their constituents that other people may often think go unremarked. Even more importantly, when Members of...

Citizens Convention on Democracy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: I hope to respond rather speedily, Mrs Main. The Minister is now surrounded by former members of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, who have entered the Chamber for the next debate, so he has to be careful. More seriously, I congratulate him on a very polished and confident performance in his maiden speech as Minister and wish him well in his job. We will be knocking on his...

Citizens Convention on Democracy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: On the question of the second Chamber and its relationship to the convention, I should have thought one of the obvious points would be that if there is to be a second Chamber, a chunk of its membership, if not all of it, should be decided by the various nations that make up the Union, and that there should be at least some proportionality about it.

Citizens Convention on Democracy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: On a point of order, Mrs Main. Do I still have the right to sum up?

Citizens Convention on Democracy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: I beg to move, That this House has considered Government policy on a Citizen’s Convention on democracy. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main, and it is equally a great pleasure to welcome the new Minister to the Dispatch Box, such as it is, on his first outing as a Minister. I wish him well with this brief. I do not want to put any pressure on him, but there...

Citizens Convention on Democracy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: I will give way to my hon. Friend, not least because of the tremendous track record that he established as the spokesperson for the Labour party in opposition on many of these issues.

Citizens Convention on Democracy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: The problem that I, all who have been involved in this process and, indeed, my hon. Friend have wrestled with is how much we need a political push to get this thing moving and how much we have to step back and just let the thing take its own course. Although I suspect that he might be reading the minds of people on a convention whom we have not yet selected and that devolution—in...

Citizens Convention on Democracy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (20 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: My hon. Friend is, as always, one step ahead of me. I was just about to say that we are not doing something wholly originally and it should not frighten us. People might say, “It has never been done before.” My goodness, if we need them, there are precedents—my hon. Friend outlined a couple—and there is a fantastic wealth of experience from Scotland’s...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Early Intervention (19 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: If he will commission research on the potential long-term savings to the public purse of greater investment in cross-departmental schemes to promote early intervention; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Early Intervention (19 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: I welcome the new Treasury Front Benchers to their duties. I hope that they will take the opportunity over the summer to reorient the Treasury’s thinking away from late intervention, firefighting and paying excessively to put things right, and consider an early intervention philosophy that allows the Treasury to invest early and make a lot of money. They should look at Big Society...

Points of Order: [2nd Day] (14 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Would it be in order to put on the record Members’ thanks for the fact that you have sat through this debate from the very beginning for the whole two days? [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”] It has been much appreciated by Members on all sides of the House.

Points of Order: [2nd Day] (14 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: I compliment the hon. Gentleman on his part in the Iraq rebellions. If I may put the record straight, the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) also played a significant part on behalf of the Liberal Democrats. What the hon. Member for Arfon (Hywel Williams) says about America going ahead regardless of the UK is absolutely right. One week before the final vote on...

Points of Order: [2nd Day] (14 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: The decision to commit to the US neo-con agenda of an invasion of Iraq was, and remains, the biggest political misjudgement in foreign policy in my political lifetime. I gave evidence to the Chilcot inquiry. The inquiry was an opportunity that the former Prime Minister Tony Blair could have seized to say, “I made a serious misjudgement. I was wrong, but at the time I thought I was...

Points of Order: [2nd Day] (14 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: I have some things to say about the then Speaker—I will get on to that fairly quickly—but first I will set the context. There was growing unease, certainly from the time of the Crawford talks between Prime Minister Blair and the US President George W. Bush, that we were being set on an inevitable path. It was thought that this was not something that anyone was going to change; it...

Points of Order: [2nd Day] (14 Jul 2016)

Graham Allen: On a brief point of information, I should say that historically this was British political history’s biggest rebellion within a governing party. Some 122 Back-Bench colleagues in the Labour party voted on the motion that the case was not proven; only 119 voted with the Government—under immense pressure from the Whips and others, as the hon. Gentleman pointed out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy: Nottingham (30 Jun 2016)

Graham Allen: What discussions he has had with Nottingham City Council on the use of income from the workplace parking levy for transport projects in Nottingham; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Workplace Parking Levy: Nottingham (30 Jun 2016)

Graham Allen: Devolving power to the city of Nottingham by enabling it to have a workplace parking levy has led to Nottingham having the biggest fleet of electric buses in Europe, to the redevelopment of the Nottingham rail station and to tramlines being introduced in Nottingham, and those have now been extended. Will the Minister come to Nottingham to see these developments and to discuss with the city...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Jun 2016)

Graham Allen: Even in the United Kingdom, adverse childhood experience is a major cause of dysfunction in families. In conflict zones, it will of course be much worse, particularly where a family have suffered a bereavement. Will the Secretary of State look at a package to include mentoring, parenting, and child development, as well as all the other good work that her Department does?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (6 Jun 2016)

Graham Allen: Will the Secretary of State inform the House of the latest position on the devolution deal in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire?


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