Results 1–20 of 10345 for speaker:Jeremy Corbyn

Israel and Hamas: Humanitarian Pause (27 Nov 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: The pause is obviously welcome because it will save lives. The horror of 7 October has not gone away. The disaster of the killing of 14,000 people in Gaza has not gone away. There has to be a recognition, as António Guterres has pointed out, of the underlying issue, which is the occupation of the west bank and the settlement policy, and the violence that so many Palestinians have had to put...

Media Bill (21 Nov 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: The right hon. Gentleman is making a most interesting speech. He must be aware that the laws relating to libel and so on are completely misshapen, in that it is totally a rich person’s game. Anyone without resources gets threatened with libel and is silenced immediately. They have no recourse to legal aid and no other way of dealing with the situation other than either to accept something...

Media Bill (21 Nov 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: I welcome this debate, and I strongly welcome the departure from the idea of selling off and privatising Channel 4. It has been a very good channel that continues to do a lot of innovative things. That it can develop its own content can only be a good thing, as it shows the importance of public service broadcasting. We should reflect that the Bill is going in the direction of proper...

Media Bill (21 Nov 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: There seems to be an excessive amount of advertising on commercial programmes aimed at young children, to the extent that it sometimes seems almost subliminal within the programme. Does my hon. Friend think that area needs to be looked at, because those programmes are using children as a commercial pressure on their parents or guardians?

Illegal Immigration (15 Nov 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: I welcome the Home Secretary to his position, and I welcome the court judgment this morning. I noticed in the Home Secretary’s statement a complete lack of empathy as to why people seek asylum in the first place—why people risk all, risk their lives, risk everything, to try to cross a dangerous channel to get to what they hope will be a place of safety. He is right to confirm that there...

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity ( 8 Nov 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: This debate is entitled “Breaking down barriers to opportunity”, and I look at the issues facing people in my community: poverty, low wages, the disgraceful two-child policy on benefits, systematic discrimination, inadequate housing, poor air quality and so on. They affect so many inner-city and other communities across this country, and I do not see any answers in the King’s Speech. On...

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity ( 8 Nov 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: Before the Secretary of State moves on to what I assume will be higher education, I want to raise with her a serious problem particularly in inner-city schools in England: falling rolls and, therefore, falling income to the school, which usually means the loss of teaching assistant jobs and all sorts of other issues. This issue has affected rural areas a lot in the past, and special...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Humanitarian Situation ( 8 Nov 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: There are 1,400 dead in Israel and 10,000 dead in Gaza; there is increased military activity on the west bank, increased settler violence, and now more and more children dying as this conflict goes on in Gaza. Prime Minister Netanyahu is now promising that Israel will control the Gaza strip into the indefinite future. Is it not time that the British Government joined all those other sensible...

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: New Clause 1 - Impact assessment: trade and diplomatic relations (25 Oct 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: My right hon. Friend will recall the days when we managed to persuade the GLC pension fund not to invest in apartheid South Africa, but, as I am sure he will agree, the fundamentals of the Bill are that it actually reduces a very large area of freedom of speech for elected local councillors. That, to me, undermines the whole principle of representative democracy within our society.

Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: New Clause 1 - Impact assessment: trade and diplomatic relations (25 Oct 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: I compliment the hon. Gentleman on his excellent speech. He has given very good democratic, social and moral reasons for why the Bill is in deep defect. Does he not think a better process would be for the Secretary of State now to withdraw the Bill altogether?

Funding for Parks (24 Oct 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: I am pleased that we had this debate today; it gave us the chance to set out the issues facing us. I understand what the Minister said about the use of parks for mental health recuperation and the generality of people’s needs, and I fully support that. I hope that we will recognise that increasing pressure on local authorities to get an income from parks can be detrimental to the basic...

Funding for Parks (24 Oct 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank the Minister for what he is saying. Does he think that there should be guidance from central Government about the amount of time that a park can be exclusively used for private interests or private commercial interests, in order to protect the generality of public access to what is valuable open space?

Funding for Parks (24 Oct 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: I beg to move, That this House has considered funding for parks. It is a pleasure to be in the Chamber with you, Mr Pritchard, a fellow Shropshire person and product of the open spaces of Shropshire. I will speak generally about parks and then in more detail about the problems faced by our parks and open spaces. Parks are a major feature of our lives, providing opportunities to recreate, play...

Funding for Parks (24 Oct 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank the hon. Member for his intervention. Stanley park is a wonderful park and a great place. Many other parks around the country are iconic and beautiful and all are at risk because of the danger of local authorities agreeing to a planning rule change that would allow parts of parks to be sold off. It all seems very attractive at the time. Somebody in the council says, “Okay, we will...

Funding for Parks (24 Oct 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: The hon. Member is quite correct. There are numbers of people who are going through a mental health crisis who feel that it is alleviated to some extent by going to a park. I have met people with mental health conditions who are going through group therapy who meet and walk around a park together; they feel that that is a way of coming together in a calm atmosphere. We should never...

Renters (Reform) Bill (23 Oct 2023)

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Renters (Reform) Bill (23 Oct 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank the Secretary of State for giving way. I noted he said that, nationally, around 20% of the population live in the private rented sector. In constituencies such as mine, the figure is 30% to 35%, and many people feel very insecure in their lives. For those on universal credit and housing benefit, the problem is that the local housing allowance does not meet their rent needs. Therefore,...

Israel and Gaza (23 Oct 2023)

Jeremy Corbyn: The killings on 7 October were appalling and have to be totally condemned, as everyone has today. However, the loss of 5,000 Palestinian lives in Gaza is continuing and getting worse. The question is: why did the Prime Minister instruct Britain’s representative to the UN not to support the call for a very minimal thing, which is a humanitarian pause to allow aid to go in and a ceasefire to...

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