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Speaker’S Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Crispin Blunt: It is, as always, a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn), and it is a pleasure to be called so early in the debate. Indeed, in some of our debates on the European Union it has been a pleasure to be called at all. Reflecting on the work of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the last Parliament—I see that my hon. Friend the Member for Tonbridge and Malling...

Speaker’S Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Crispin Blunt: The hon. Gentleman makes it clear that there is an awful lot of smoke on this issue, with people not being totally clear and honest about the precise position they are taking. I exempt the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish nationalists from that. The hon. Gentleman’s amity for me is fully reciprocated, although I rather suspect mine might do him more damage to him than his will do me, but...

Speaker’S Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Crispin Blunt: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend that it is an amazing turn of events given the language used about the withdrawal agreement, but of course the reality is that it is not that amazing, because interests are finally entering properly into this discussion, and the interests of twice as many people in the European Union than in the United Kingdom are engaged in the economics of the outcome of...

Speaker’S Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Crispin Blunt: We heard the news from the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil) about the proposed referendum on independence. If that referendum took place and was carried in the affirmative, would he then say that Scotland will not leave the Union of the United Kingdom unless it could secure a deal with the rest of the United Kingdom?

Speaker’S Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Crispin Blunt: Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman give way?

Speaker’S Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Crispin Blunt: rose—

Speaker’S Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Crispin Blunt: I am extremely grateful to the right hon. and learned Gentleman for giving way, but what he knows, and the country knows, is that he had the opportunity many weeks ago, with all his colleagues, to vote for a general election today, on 15 October. They did not take that opportunity, so I am afraid that none of this presentation that he is making stacks up.

Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria (15 Oct 2019)

Crispin Blunt: The Foreign Secretary, in his reply to the initial question from my right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), talked about the PKK threat to Turkey across its southern border. When I was there four weeks ago, we could see no evidence of that. What evidence does the Foreign Secretary have for there being a threat across the southern border? The PKK was undoubtedly...

Us Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria (8 Oct 2019)

Crispin Blunt: I was in north-east Syria just three weeks ago with the hon. Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Lloyd Russell-Moyle) and my hon. Friend the Member for Gravesham (Adam Holloway) and, at least then, it would have come as news to the leaders in the region that there was any engagement on the justice measures apparently being taken forward on the ground. I am sure the Minister understands the scale...

Prorogation (Disclosure of Communications) (9 Sep 2019)

Crispin Blunt: I may be missing something here, but if the Labour party votes for an early election tonight, all this will be decided on 15 October. If the right hon. and learned Gentleman and his right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition have the confidence of people, they could then go and give the necessary notice and stop no deal. Why on earth is Labour baulking at the opportunity to get things...

European Union (Withdrawal) (3 Sep 2019)

Crispin Blunt: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) (3 Sep 2019)

Crispin Blunt: If my right hon. Friend recalls, the Foreign Affairs Committee’s report on no deal two weeks before we gave notice under article 50, which was unanimously agreed across a Committee wholly split on the merits of the issue, concluded that the damage that would be done by the failure to get an agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union would be greater for the European Union...

Backbench Business: Human Rights in Saudi Arabia — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (18 Jul 2019)

Crispin Blunt: I think that the position in Saudi Arabia has radically changed since 9/11. Its Government have had to take on board some of the consequences of their policy up to that point, and of the large scale of their investment to support madrassahs in most of the rest of the world. As I understand it, it is now illegal in Saudi Arabia to make a cash donation within a mosque, and everything now has to...

Backbench Business: Human Rights in Saudi Arabia — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (18 Jul 2019)

Crispin Blunt: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry. I draw the House’s attention to my declaration in the register, not least because I chair a detention review panel examining the cases of Saudi activists for women’s rights. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) on securing this debate. Saudi Arabia is an important ally, so it is...

Backbench Business: Human Rights in Saudi Arabia — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (18 Jul 2019)

Crispin Blunt: I entirely agree with the right hon. Gentleman. It does not only apply in this area. When I chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee, I served on the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, which made a report about the inadequacy of accountability in the conflict, stability and security fund, for example, and the right hon. Gentleman mentioned the integrated activity fund. We ought...

Backbench Business: Human Rights in Saudi Arabia — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (18 Jul 2019)

Crispin Blunt: The most obvious one that springs to mind is the influence of American and British officers in the targeting cells for the operation in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen was unanimously approved by the United Nations in order to deal with the illegal usurpation of authority, and we all supported the necessary military involvement to restore order in Yemen. It is an awful place to try to...

Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)

Crispin Blunt: This is a narrow point, but I invite the Minister to talk about overdose prevention facilities, rather than drug consumption rooms. One can understand the difference that might make to their reception in local communities; they are about preventing death.

Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)

Crispin Blunt: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing this debate and on speaking so well. Happily, much of what I intended to say I now do not need to, not that I would have time to say it anyway. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (Dr Poulter); he began to get into the systemic problems in this area, which is what I...

Detainee Mistreatment: Judge-Led Inquiry (15 Jul 2019)

Crispin Blunt: I note my right hon. Friend’s answer to the point made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell) about high standards for the United Kingdom, but if the United Kingdom’s reputation for having the highest standards in this area is to be sustained, surely it is important, in this case and in others in which our security services come into contact with potential...

Uk Ambassador to Usa: Leaked Emails (8 Jul 2019)

Crispin Blunt: When the Minister for the Americas first saw these leaked diptels, was there anything in them that surprised him?


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