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Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (5 Nov 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: Yesterday’s Human Rights Watch report on Saudi Arabia revealed mass arrests of women’s rights activists in the past year and alleged that many of them had been sexually assaulted, whipped and tortured in detention. Does the Minister still think the Prime Minister was right to describe Crown Prince Salman two years ago as “a remarkable young man”?

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (5 Nov 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: The true answer is that when it comes to Mohammed bin Salman, this Government are all too willing to look the other way. Can the Minister explain how it was possible that in July the Department for International Trade illegally authorised licences for exports of arms to the royal Saudi land forces, a full 41 days after the Foreign Office was told that those forces were operating inside Yemen?

Defence: Army Personnel (21 Oct 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: We all know about the Government’s disastrous record on recruitment of UK personnel, with the fully trained size of the Army, as we have already heard, having now just fallen to 74,000 personnel. But the Government are failing to recruit enough Commonwealth troops, too, and we now hear that they are cancelling plans to proactively recruit from overseas. Can the Minister explain how this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (3 Sep 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: Can the Minister of State tell me what clause in UN resolution 2216 provides for Saudi Arabia to bomb captive inmates in a Houthi-run prison in Yemen or for the United Arab Emirates to kill forces loyal to the President that their own coalition is supposed to be there to reinstall? If the answer is that there is none, is it not time for him to bring forward a new UN resolution to replace...

Situation in the Gulf (22 Jul 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: I thank the Foreign Secretary for giving me advance sight of his statement. Let me start by passing on the apologies of the shadow Foreign Secretary, my right hon. Friend the Member for Islington South and Finsbury (Emily Thornberry), that she cannot be here to respond herself, but as many will know, she is still at home recovering from the injuries she received after being knocked off her...

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

Fabian Hamilton: As always, Sir Henry, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) on securing this debate and on his excellent introduction to it. He rightly pointed out that Saudi Arabia is a very important nation in the region and in the Gulf area. However, as he also said, the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia is...

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

Fabian Hamilton: Not yet; I am sure he will be very soon. He told us again that Saudi Arabia was an important ally, which is absolutely true. However, like many of our allies, we must hold them to account for abuses that are taking place in those countries, and I believe we should never be apologetic about that. Saudi Arabia is, of course, a human rights priority for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Fleet Solid Support Ships (8 Jul 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: All of us on the Opposition Benches were heartened to hear the Defence Secretary say recently of the Ministry of Defence that “we can and we must buy British”. That would represent a welcome shift from her predecessor’s tendency to simply buy off the shelf from abroad, but the British shipbuilding industry needs action, not just warm words. So will the Minister now reconsider the...

Backbench Business: Combat Air Strategy — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (27 Jun 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: We are trying to do something about it.

Backbench Business: Combat Air Strategy — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (27 Jun 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone; I notice there has just been a change of Chair, and I thank your predecessor for the good work he did for us as well. I congratulate the hon. Member for Witney (Robert Courts) on tabling and introducing this timely and important debate. Of course, he has a strong constituency interest—but, as he pointed out, so do we all. He...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Middle East (25 Jun 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: US President Donald Trump said this weekend that all the current tension with Iran could disappear if only Tehran agreed to co-operate on ending its nuclear programme. Have the Government tried to explain to the President that if he wants to achieve that outcome, all it takes is for all sides to honour the terms of the Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action?

Modern Slavery Act: Independent Review: Jewish Refugees from the Middle East and North Africa (19 Jun 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Mr Hollobone, and I congratulate the right hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) on having secured a very timely debate. It is extremely important, at this stage of all stages, to be reminded of the true history of the middle east and the part that the Jewish community played in it. I will say a little bit more...

Gulf of Oman Oil Tanker Attacks (17 Jun 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question; I also thank the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) for raising it. The attacks on oil tankers in the strait of Hormuz are utterly unacceptable, as I am sure every Member will agree. For those of us old enough to remember, they are frighteningly reminiscent of the tanker war of the 1980s, with all the global economic...

Yemen Peace Process (23 May 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: First, I welcome my opposite number, the Minister, to his place. He has big shoes to fill but I know he will do it effectively and efficiently. I thank my right hon. Friend—my good friend; my dear friend— the Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) for bringing this debate to the House today. He is a fine, fearless and forthright advocate for Yemen. For as long as I have known him, he has...

Yemen Peace Process (23 May 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: I welcome the hon. Gentleman’s intervention, and I hope I have not suggested for one minute that there is a simple solution to this conflict and it is simply a matter of stopping UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the whole thing stops, although I would recommend that, if the hon. Gentleman has not seen it, he watches that “Dispatches” documentary because there is certainly a hint in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Iranian Military Action: Deterrence (20 May 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: Last week, the British deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve stated that “there has been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria.” He was then rebuked by US Central Command. The Foreign Secretary later went on to declare that the UK and the US share “the same assessment of the heightened threat posed by Iran”, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Soft Power (14 May 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: May I ask the Minister of State to use all his soft power and diplomatic skills with the French Government over the next three weeks, and urge them to ensure that the 71 veterans of la Libération who are still waiting to receive the Légion d’Honneur to which they are entitled get those honours before the 75th anniversary of D-day on 6 June?

Saudi Arabia: Mass Executions (24 Apr 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: As we have heard, yesterday saw the largest mass execution in Saudi Arabia since January 2016, in which 37 people were killed. According to the official Saudi press agency, the men were executed: “for adopting terrorist and extremist thinking and for forming terrorist cells to corrupt and destabilise security”. They were arrested after four Islamic State gunmen attacked a Saudi security...

Mental Health Services: Leeds (23 Apr 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: I beg to move, That this House has considered mental health services in Leeds. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I requested this debate with some reluctance, because I did not want to believe that mental health services in my city—a city that I have lived in for 40 years and which I have been privileged to represent for the past 22 years—were so appalling,...

Mental Health Services: Leeds (23 Apr 2019)

Fabian Hamilton: I thank my hon. Friend—if I may call her that—and my colleague from Leeds for her intervention, because she makes a very important point, namely that we need to begin at the earliest possible age. It is tragic to me, and I am sure to every Member of this House, that an increasing number of young people are showing signs of depression and other mental health problems, and that is evident...


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