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Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Colchester (Will Quince), who cares immensely deeply about these issues. During the course of my speech, I hope to persuade him that this Bill should pass its Second Reading and that any concerns he may have should be dealt with in Committee, as that would be an opportunity to improve the Bill further. This Bill is about putting family at the...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: My hon. Friend is exactly right. To be honest, it is hard for anybody to navigate our immigration system or asylum system, but for someone who is trying to pull together their family and has been through very difficult circumstances, not being able to get any kind of legal aid makes it so much harder. The next argument that people use is to say that this is going to create a pull factor, and...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I give way to the hon. Gentleman, who has done so much work to bring this Bill to the House.

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: The hon. Gentleman is exactly right. I pay huge tribute to the work he has been doing. Secondly, the current system encourages trafficking. It encourages illegal routes and dangerous routes because there is not a safe and legal route for people to travel on. The concern of the family I spoke to whose daughter is in Lebanon—this was some time ago—was that they were going to face a...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: The right hon. Lady is exactly right. When people have been through such difficult experiences, and lost the home that they all shared, to be separated across the globe is so much harder—and at a time when they need their family the most. My third response to the pull factor argument is that we are, in effect, saying to people, “You have to suffer more in order to deter...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I just do not follow the hon. Gentleman’s argument. If he is basically arguing that any kind of family reunion will somehow act as a pull factor and therefore should not happen, that would be an argument for having no family reunion for anybody at all—not for any adult, any husband or any wife. But of course, nobody thinks that. Everybody thinks that family reunion is important...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: If the hon. Gentleman was going to make that argument convincingly, he would be making the same argument about the 19-year-old, the 20-year-old, the 30-year-old and the 50-year-old. The problem is the evidence. We must remember that other countries across Europe have these rules about family reunion in place, and we do not see it becoming a pull factor to Hungary, Poland or all sorts of other...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I am very conscious of time. I will give way a final time, because this is an important point to address.

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: We have to remember that what happened in Germany was at a time when we had huge migration out of Syria by people desperately fleeing at the height of the conflict and a lack of proper support in Turkey, so a huge number of people were crossing the Mediterranean at that time. It was very unusual circumstances and an unusual period. I think all of us would want to ensure that migration, in...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I want to conclude, because I know that many Members want to speak. In the end, this is about our humanity. We all believe that the close relationships of love, family, commitment and a sense of obligation are at the heart of what makes us human beings and at the heart of who we are. That is at the heart of the values that brought all of us, from both sides of the House, into this place, to...

Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill (16 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on his important speech. Is he aware that this issue is cited in some areas as the reason why Italy and Greece are not placing children and child refugees in the UK as part of the Dubs amendment? Those countries are concerned that while the children would be able to be reunited with their family in any other country in Europe, that would not be possible in...

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I welcome the Prime Minister’s statement. Her conclusion about the culpability of the Russian state is immensely serious. In addition to its breaches of international law, its use of chemical weapons and its continued disregard for the rule of law and human rights, that must be met with unequivocal condemnation. May I welcome the measures she has taken to downgrade the intelligence...

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: The winter crisis in the NHS left us with cancelled operations, ditched targets, patients sleeping on the floor, and a public apology in the end from the Prime Minister. Neither the spring nor the spring statement has provided any easing of those pressures. Given that the right hon. Gentleman knows the November Budget will be too late to provide any additional funding that he knows both the...

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I thank the Prime Minister for her statement. It is hard to see any alternative to her grave conclusion that this was either a direct act by the Russian state against our country or the Russian Government have lost control of a dangerous nerve agent. In that context, I hope the whole House will be able to come together behind a firm response from the Government in the interests of our...

Hate Crime (12 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I do not think that the previous question represented the point that my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi) was making. I hope that we can address this issue as a united Parliament, and not in a way that is divided. We should all stand together against this kind of vile threat and this illegal incitement to violence. Our whole Parliament, the police and our...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: The right hon. Lady is right to point out the need to have more women in senior policing positions and to encourage more women police officers to rise up through the ranks. Will she join me in paying tribute to the woman Met Commissioner, the woman head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the woman head of the National Crime Agency? To have Cressida Dick, Sara Thornton and Lynne...

Salisbury Incident: Points of Order (8 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Can you advise me on the correct course of action when a private company gives commitments and assurances to Parliament and its Select Committees on issues that affect national security and public safety and then fails to meet them? There is widely available on YouTube this week a banned illegal propaganda video from the extremist proscribed organisation...

Salisbury Incident (8 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I join the Home Secretary in paying tribute to our remarkable emergency services, which have responded with such professionalism to this awful attack. All our thoughts will be with the brave police officer and with Sergei and Yulia Skripal. I have written to the Home Secretary to ask for a review of 14 other cases, and she will know that there are many ways in which that could happen and...

Yarl’S Wood Detention Centre (6 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: I welcome the work that the shadow Home Secretary has done to pursue this issue. I share her concern about the state of Yarl’s Wood and some of the policies that underpin it. I understand that the Immigration Minister this weekend responded to calls from my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) to prevent the deportation of two of her constituents from being...

Government Policy on Russia (6 Mar 2018)

Yvette Cooper: The Foreign Secretary rightly says that no attempt on an innocent life on our soil should go uninvestigated or unpunished. I would not expect him to comment on the investigation that is currently under way—obviously we all have concerns for the welfare of the two individuals—but what about the 14 suspicious deaths that several Members have now raised? In many of those cases, UK...

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