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Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya (17 Oct 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: When challenged about his recent “clear the dead bodies” remarks, the Foreign Secretary said that his only critics were those with “no knowledge or understanding of Libya.” Can he therefore respond to Guma el-Gamaty, the head of the Libyan Taghyeer party, who said: “Libyans fought and died fighting Islamic State in Sirte…Many remain where they fell…It...

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Ms Buck. We have had a number of debates on this important issue and I congratulate the right hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) on securing and introducing this one. It is another opportunity to ensure that the abuses of human rights in general and of the human rights of our own citizens—the dual nationals in...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq), who has secured this timely debate and has never given up on behalf of her constituents—especially Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving that terrible and immoral sentence in the dreadful Evin jail in Tehran. She gave us a comprehensive...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Human Rights (11 Jul 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: As the Government celebrated their victory in the High Court over arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the number of people affected by the cholera epidemic in Yemen passed 300,000. Humanitarian workers now face the agonising choice of whether to use their dwindling food supplies to feed those children suffering from malnutrition or those infected with cholera. In that context, will the Minister tell...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Common Defence and Security Policy (10 Jul 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: The European Defence Agency supports the improvement of defence capabilities and provides a forum for European co-operation on research and development. Will the Secretary of State be recommending that we remain a member of the EDA? If not, will he explain what our relationship with it will be, post-Brexit?

Yemen: Political and Humanitarian Situation (5 Jul 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Moon. I join in the congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty). He has been a powerful advocate for immediate action in this terrible and appalling conflict, which reduces many of us to tears when we hear its shocking details. Because time is limited I shall not be able to go through some...

Road Infrastructure — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: It is projected that by 2020 the spending on roads will be £86 per head, whereas the spending on cycling will be reduced to just 72p per head. Does my hon. Friend think that, when we are talking about road infrastructure, we should include cycling, which the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman) mentioned?

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the hon. Member for Filton and Bradley Stoke (Jack Lopresti), the chair of the all-party group on the Kurdistan region in Iraq, on securing the debate. He has taken over a very important position in a group that has had a profound effect on this Parliament over the 10 years of its existence. I was involved in the...

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: That is entirely why I voted against this country’s participation in the invasion of Iraq. Yes, it resulted in the deposing of the dictator Saddam Hussein, but it also resulted in some of the appalling things to which the hon. Gentleman alluded. As we have heard, the Kurdish minority in Iraq numbers more than 6 million, which is about 20% of the population of Iraq. Mutual suspicion and...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: I thank the Minister for giving way because I realise that time is short. I spoke earlier about Icesave and the £50,000 maximum compensation ceiling. Those who lost money with Icesave and other collapsed banks in 2008 received up to £50,000. Given that most of the investments in Equitable Life totalled around £45,000, will the Minister consider looking at those particular...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman), with whom I have worked for the past few years as—I should declare this—the co-chair of the all-party group on justice for Equitable Life policyholders. I am very sad that after so many years of debating this issue in this House, we are back once again talking about the continuing losses suffered by...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: Indeed, I do agree, and I will go on to say something about that, but there is also a third dimension, which is that we have a moral duty to ensure that the Equitable Life policyholders are compensated. How have we arrived at this situation at this point in time, 17 years after Equitable closed its doors to new investors, and seven years after the previous Government promised to ensure that...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. Unfortunately, the time available limits what I can say about the judgment, and I want to talk about what we need to do now. By the time Equitable was forced to close, it had more than 1.5 million members, and was one of the biggest societies in the world.

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: I certainly do agree, and I will go on to make that point. It is the very reason I took up this cause in the first place. Like many of my colleagues, I had believed that only the wealthy invested in Equitable—people with hundreds of thousands of pounds to put into their pensions seeking to make a huge return—but I discovered that, in fact, the average pension pot was just...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: Absolutely. That is a very good point. People were encouraged to save for themselves exactly because neither the state nor the individual wanted people to have to depend on the state always coming up with the money necessary to enable them to have a full and enriching retirement. It was about self-reliance, which has been at the core of the arguments today and over many years in debates in...

Equitable Life Policyholders: Compensation (23 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, because one of the great things we do in this House is to work on moral issues such as Equitable together, across party lines. I am proud to work with the hon. Member for Harrow East—I hope he will allow me to call him an hon. Friend—because he has done an awful lot, and I pay tribute to him for the work he has done. I have done my...

Iran’s Influence in the Middle East — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (22 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: I congratulate, as everybody else has, the hon. Member for Hendon (Dr Offord) on eventually securing this debate, despite the setbacks of two weeks ago that were totally outside his control. In this week of Nowruz, the Iranian new year, it is very appropriate to hold a debate such as this. The hon. Gentleman talked about Iran being the chief sponsor of terror in the region—something...

Iran’s Influence in the Middle East — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (22 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: The hon. Gentleman has a brilliant reputation in the House of Commons for standing up for the rights of persecuted Christians anywhere in the world. Of course I agree that we should always point out abuses of the human rights not only of Christians, but of the Baha’is, who have been mentioned. There is also still a small Jewish population in Iran, frightened that they might...

UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (21 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: I thank every Member who has contributed this afternoon, but most especially I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler). Sadly, this debate is more important than ever before, as we try to eliminate that which divides us and celebrate that which unites us. I had the privilege of being born and growing up in my hon. Friend’s constituency, in Willesden...

UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (21 Mar 2017)

Fabian Hamilton: Many of us have had constituents saying, “I have spare bedrooms; come and use my bedroom. I am offering it to those families.” Let me conclude so that the Minister can answer the many excellent points that have been made this afternoon. We have heard condemnation—rightly so—of Nigel Farage’s infamous “Breaking Point” poster, which was, of course,...


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