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Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: The hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (John Hemming) talked about Members of this House who have been around for some time. Well, I have been around for some time and I have never known a situation like this. Last Saturday, I attended a Christmas lunch for pensioners at the Trinity House community centre in my constituency. It was a lovely occasion, but I did ask myself what kind of lunch...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: My hon. Friend has got it right, because one sees this again and again. Why? It is because of poverty. The figures show that in my constituency 42% of children live in poverty. Mine is the 10th worst constituency for that in the whole UK. The city of Manchester is fourth in Britain for poverty, and that is according to the Department for Education’s own definition. Children are said to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Devolution (Implications for England) (16 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I never expected to hear such a load of rubbish from such a normally sensible person? It is inappropriate to call it a dog’s breakfast because any sensible dog would turn up its nose at it! The principle ought to be inviolable that the vote of every Member of this House should be equal on all issues that come before it. I give notice to the leadership...

Resettlement of Vulnerable Syrian Refugees (10 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Ernest Bevin once described a political statement as “clitch, clitch, clitch”, and that—clichés—is what we have had from the Minister today. It is just rubbish to say that we must concentrate on bringing an end to the conflict, because there is nothing whatever that we can do to bring this ghastly conflict to an end. We are talking about simply the worst humanitarian disaster on this...

Written Answers — Home Office: Members: Correspondence (3 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to reply to the letter to the Immigration and Security Minister dated 22 September 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Joseph Ola Coker.

Overseas Voters (15 Year Rule): Foreign Affairs Committee (Hong Kong Visit) (2 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: I hope the House will forgive me if I do not remain throughout this debate, as I have other commitments, although I very much wanted to be present for this debate. I was in Hong Kong at the handover from the United Kingdom to the Chinese Government. I remember that Prince Charles gave a party aboard the royal yacht Britannia, but there was nothing to celebrate. I was there in an auditorium...

Overseas Voters (15 Year Rule): Foreign Affairs Committee (Hong Kong Visit) (2 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: The problem is that the Foreign Office and other Departments such as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills say, “In the end, human rights in China and in Hong Kong are secondary to the fact that China is now an immense economic power and a very important trading partner.” The problem is that the days when morality dictated foreign policy have diminished, and it is very...

Points of Order (2 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Since written answers began to be answered online, Hansard no longer publishes written questions and answers. I find this a deprivation because it has been long my practice to study the written questions and answers published in Hansard. I find it a deprivation for our constituents who no longer have the opportunity of seeing the written questions and answers....

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Incitement to Hatred (Palestinian Media) (2 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: What will be the effect on the Palestinian media of the renewed Israeli policy of demolishing the houses of offenders, thus making their families homeless and punishing the entire family for the crimes of one person? Is not that inhumane, and ought it not to be stopped?

[Mark Pritchard in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Palestine (1 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: There was in fact an airport in Gaza—Yasser Arafat invited me to see it when it was opened—but tragically, for reasons my hon. Friend is describing so eloquently, it was never used.

[Mark Pritchard in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Palestine (1 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: It is important to know that that Government apartheid Bill is going to the Knesset on Wednesday of this week to start its passage to becoming law.

[Mark Pritchard in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Palestine (1 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: We debate in cosy Westminster, with tea and muffins down the stairs and the Christmas lights coming on, so let us hear from a Palestinian friend of mine, who e-mailed me a few days ago. He said: “Clashes are daily occurrences now in Jerusalem. A week ago, things were about to calm down when a Palestinian bus driver was tortured and hanged in his bus. It instigated a lot of anger which...

[Mark Pritchard in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Palestine (1 Dec 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. You cannot appeal to the Israelis’ better nature, because they do not have one. You can, however, threaten them financially. When £10 billion of loan guarantees were withheld by George Bush senior, the Israelis scuttled off to Madrid. It is only sanctions and an arms embargo that work. The anticipation of a two-state solution, which we all support as a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Nov 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Will the Prime Minister condemn the new Israeli Government Bill that removes what are defined as national rights from all Israeli citizens who are not Jews, makes Hebrew the only national language and has been denounced by the Israeli Attorney-General as causing a “deterioration of the democratic characteristic of the state”? Will he make it clear that the statutory, repressive removal of...

NHS (Ttip): Iran (Nuclear Talks) (25 Nov 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that despite Iran’s vile internal policies—I hope that he has been making protests to the Government of Iran about the imprisonment of a British woman for seeking to watch a volleyball match—there is no evidence that it has been seeking to acquire nuclear weapons capability? A Daily Telegraph journalist has written a very carefully researched book about...

NHS (Ttip): NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts (25 Nov 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Is the Minister aware that the Manchester primary care trust ought not to be incurring a deficit because it does not spend sufficient of its money and resources on investigating cases referred to it and on responding to hon. Members such as myself when they write to it over a period of months? Will he look into this incompetence and examine similar behaviour, or lack of it, by the Care...

Business of the House (20 Nov 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Has the right hon. Gentleman seen early-day motion 499, in my name, regarding Manchester primary care trust? [That this House condemns Manchester Primary Care Trust for failing over a period of months to reply to correspondence from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton concerning complaints from a constituent with regard to appalling service from his general practitioner; regards it...

Written Answers — Home Office: Members: Correspondence (10 Nov 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to reply to the letter to the Immigration and Security Minister dated 22 September 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Joseph Ola Coker.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Humanitarian Needs (Gaza) (5 Nov 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: Will the right hon. Lady condemn in the strongest terms the recent total closure of the Gaza border by Israel, in utter violation of the ceasefire, making it very difficult—even more difficult—for the aid she provides and the other aid for reconstruction after the terrible destruction imposed by the Israelis? This cannot go on.

Written Answers — Home Office: Members: Correspondence (5 Nov 2014)

Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she intends to reply to the letter to her dated 24 September 2014 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Shahrzad Nehzat.


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