Results 1–20 of 1011 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Roger Godsiff

Early Parliamentary General Election (19 Apr 2017)

Roger Godsiff: I, too, will be voting against the motion today, because it is totally unnecessary. I say that as somebody who voted leave on 23 June last year and who has had a grudging respect for how the Prime Minister has conducted herself since she took over. However, her justification for holding a general election is quite frankly disingenuous. To suggest that she needs a mandate to negotiate Brexit...

Early Parliamentary General Election (19 Apr 2017)

Roger Godsiff: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Under the Labour Government, we had the Building Schools for the Future programme and Sure Start centres. Under this Government, that programme was stopped and Sure Start centres are being closed left, right and centre. My constituents will ask other questions. Why is it that more and more hard-working families are being forced into the humiliation of...

Operation Midland: Henriques Report: Local Government Funding: Birmingham (13 Dec 2016)

Roger Godsiff: Thank you, Madam Chairperson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) on securing this debate and making such an excellent case on behalf of the people of Birmingham. I also congratulate my hon. Friends the Members for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey) and for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) on adding to it with their comments. Madam...

Operation Midland: Henriques Report: Local Government Funding: Birmingham (13 Dec 2016)

Roger Godsiff: I apologise, Ms Dorries. I feel frantic that my city faces a shortfall in its budget next year of £150 million. That could well lead to the closure of children’s centres, leisure centres and libraries and, as has been said, cuts to care services. I feel doubly affronted that the Government have a transition fund of £300 million, yet not one penny has gone to Birmingham....

Terrorist Attack: Nice: UK's Nuclear Deterrent (18 Jul 2016)

Roger Godsiff: May I say at the outset that I was a multilateralist during the cold war? I supported the balance of terror in Europe, I have never been a member of CND and, indeed, once the atom was split we could not unmake it. But the world has changed, and that is why I have changed my view. May I also acknowledge the genuine and understandable concerns of my hon. Friends who represent constituencies...

Terrorist Attack: Nice: UK's Nuclear Deterrent (18 Jul 2016)

Roger Godsiff: The UK leases the missiles from America, where they are made, maintained and tested. Our four submarines have to go to the American naval base in Georgia to have the missiles fitted. That is a fact. It is of course said by those who support renewal that we have “operational independence”. Bearing in mind that we do not own the missiles but lease them from America, I just do not...

Terrorist Attack: Nice: UK's Nuclear Deterrent (18 Jul 2016)

Roger Godsiff: I have debated these issues with the right hon. Gentleman on a number of occasions and I respect what he says, but I just do not agree with him. The second argument put forward is that if the UK did not have nuclear weapons, it would, somehow, lose its place on the UN Security Council. That is nonsense, because when the Security Council was formed only one of the five permanent members had...

Business of the House: ISIL in Syria (2 Dec 2015)

Roger Godsiff: As has been said on many occasions during the debate, everybody agrees Daesh is a threat to us all, to our way of life and to our liberties, and that it has to be destroyed. However, I am not convinced that dropping more bombs on Syria will add anything to the defeat of this organisation. There are already a lot of bombs being dropped by Russia, America and France. Apart from not destroying...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Roger Godsiff: May I make it quite clear at the beginning that, during the cold war, I was a multilateralist? I have never been a member of CND, and I have no moral objections to nuclear weapons or to nuclear power. Indeed, once the atom was split in the 1940s, that could not be undone, even though Oppenheimer himself said that, in retrospect, he wished he had never discovered how to do it. However, time...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Roger Godsiff: Well, let those who believe it make their arguments. I do not believe it.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Roger Godsiff: The last time the United Kingdom acted with other countries was when they acted with France and Israel over the Suez canal in 1956. As I am sure Conservative Members are well aware, Harold Macmillan made it perfectly clear in his memoirs that the Americans said we had to leave Suez and end our military action, because if we did not they would bankrupt the country. If the hon. Gentleman feels...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Roger Godsiff: The second myth, which has not been argued today, but is often expressed, is that if the UK did not have nuclear weapons, it would somehow lose its place on the UN Security Council. Of course, that is also nonsense, because when the Security Council was formed, only one of the five permanent members—America —had nuclear weapons. This country, like all other developed countries,...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (20 Oct 2015)

Roger Godsiff: May I first congratulate the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Heidi Allen) on her remarkable, thoughtful and excellent speech? I am astonished that she will not be in the same Division Lobby as Labour Members tonight, but I congratulate her nevertheless. A lot of my constituents are low-paid workers. Many are paid the minimum wage. They work very long hours. Some have two or even three...

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (Working Families) (7 Jul 2015)

Roger Godsiff: First, may I congratulate the hon. Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Corri Wilson) on her excellent maiden speech, which I am sure will be the first of many? A lot of my constituents are low-paid workers. Many are paid the minimum wage and some receive even less. They work very long hours and some have two or three jobs to bring in enough money to feed their families and pay the bills....

Opposition Day — [5th Allotted Day]: Tax Credits (Working Families) (7 Jul 2015)

Roger Godsiff: No, I will not take interventions. The Government could set an example by insisting that the contractors they use pay the living wage, not the minimum wage. That would be positive. Treasury Ministers could set an even better example. When Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, which is the Treasury’s responsibility, put out its cleaning contract to ISS and was offered a contract price...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Roger Godsiff: May I say at the outset that I have never been a member of CND, and am never likely to be a member? I have always supported NATO, and I did so at a time when there was great controversy about NATO and its role in the cold war. I have always believed that NATO is the most successful mutual defence pact in history. It kept the peace in Europe for 50 years until the end of the cold war, and it...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Roger Godsiff: I have not had the pleasure of being asked to be a Labour spokesperson, so I cannot answer that question. What I can tell the hon. Gentleman is that I will go into the same Lobby as him, and I shall explain why. I have no ethical objections to nuclear capability or to nuclear weapons. As I said, NATO is the most successful mutual defence pact the world has ever seen. It has never attacked...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Roger Godsiff: I am coming on to that. Let me deal with, in my opinion, myth No. 1. The UK has four nuclear submarines. Each can carry up to eight missiles, and each missile can carry up to five nuclear warheads. That is 40 nuclear weapons of the 17,000 that the Minister said are in existence. The UK does not own the missiles on its submarines. It leases Trident II D5 missiles from the United States, where...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Roger Godsiff: I take note of what the hon. Gentleman has said, but we are where we are. We acquired these weapons from the USA.

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Roger Godsiff: The hon. Gentleman is knowledgeable about defence issues, but he will recognise that one of NATO’s founding beliefs was, and still is, that an attack on one is an attack on all. The view that the country could be subject to a nuclear attack without the response of the American nuclear umbrella is, in my opinion, inconceivable, and is completely contrary to what NATO is and why it has...


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