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Supreme Court Ruling: Abortion in Northern Ireland (7 Jun 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I re-emphasise the point that we are talking about real people. Although this is a legal judgment written in legalese, nevertheless we are talking about real people, which is why there is urgency in what our Parliament must consider. Although the judgment is disappointing in that it foundered on a technicality as to who brought the case to the Supreme Court, nevertheless the Supreme Court was...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy) and other hon. Members on both sides of the House who sought this debate. I would also like to mention my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson), who has campaigned on this issue for many years. Like the Secretary of State, I will concentrate on the situation in Northern Ireland. The...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Tony Lloyd: l am not sure whether the right hon. Gentleman has just undermined the “no precondition” point made by the right hon. Member for Lagan Valley. However, I think that in that context it would be very helpful if the Secretary of State now said to all the parties in the Assembly, “Let us get around the table and discuss abortion law reform.” If this issue matters, it must...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I am sorry, but I have to say to the hon. Gentleman that he was not listening to anything that I said. What I have said has been very clear: in the case of the Westminster Parliament having to respond to the Supreme Court, that would be in a very limited and restricted number of cases that are very clearly defined. I also said that it would be incumbent on the Stormont Assembly to legislate...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I agree, and my voting record is clear on this issue.

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Tony Lloyd: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: this is not a matter of convenience. This is a heart-rending decision; many women whom I have spoken to over the years—I have represented many of them, but many others I have known in different ways—have had to go through the agonising decision as to whether abortion is the right choice for them. The decision should nevertheless lie with them,...

Tributes: Baroness Jowell: Points of Order (14 May 2018)

Tony Lloyd: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Earlier today, the High Court in Belfast ruled that a civil servant who had granted planning permission for an incinerator in Mallusk in County Antrim had acted beyond his powers. The specific event does not concern the House today, but there is now an implication for all decision making by civil servants in Northern Ireland. You will be aware that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Inward Investment (9 May 2018)

Tony Lloyd: If we are to maintain a stable economic environment for inward investment, if we are to have democratic oversight of decisions such as that of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust to recall neurology patients and, indeed, if we are to have a legislature in Northern Ireland that is capable of changing the law for victims of rape who may fall foul of the UK Government’s foolish...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Border Checks (9 May 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Under-Secretary for welcoming me to the Dispatch Box earlier. We strongly welcome the Secretary of State’s words today, which are consistent with those of the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland when he warned that any physical infrastructure would be a potential target and could eventually put lives at risk, but if her Government are going to reject a...

Grenfell Update (22 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Secretary of State for an advance copy of his statement. Anybody who has dealt with people who have gone through this kind of tragedy is bound to have compassion and real empathy, and the Secretary of State is absolutely right to demand that from all the agencies involved. However, what has been absolutely lacking is the fire and zeal that that compassion and empathy should have...

Grenfell Update (22 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: The hon. Lady mutters, “It’s their choice.” If we offer people a decent choice, they will move into the permanent homes they want. Nobody wants to be in emergency accommodation with their children. Eighty-two families are in emergency accommodation. This is a shameful record, nine months on. In December, the Secretary of State told the House: “I have been very clear...

Local Infrastructure (East Midlands) (20 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I congratulate the hon. Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley) on securing an interesting debate that has covered a huge range—from Sandy Lane all the way through to Crossrail and investment in St Pancras. There have been important contributions across the piece on which I will comment as I go along. Housing has shot up the political agenda dramatically. My own party has been...

Local Infrastructure (East Midlands) (20 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: Today’s debate is not about the north of England, but clearly I welcome what the right hon. Gentleman has mentioned. However, I do not just live in the Greater Manchester area; as I travel around, I recognise that we have a long way to go. I recently travelled between Manchester and Nottingham, and the journey was frankly worse than many decades ago, when I lived in Nottingham as a...

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [Lords] (19 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I think that I can probably say without contradiction from the Chair that this has been a wide-ranging debate. Nevertheless, it has been an important one. I congratulate hon. Members on both sides of the House who have contributed. We heard excellent speeches from the hon. Members for Clacton (Giles Watling), for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands), for Witney (Robert Courts), for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Funding: 16 to 19-year-olds (19 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: Hopwood Hall College in Rochdale has achieved some remarkable results. Towns such as Rochdale are more dependent on further education and less dependent on the university system. Will the Government recognise that the differential in funding in further education holds back young people from the most-deprived areas, who need skills training more than anybody else?

Building Safety (15 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I thank the Secretary of State for early sight of his statement. Nine months on, we all still live with the human tragedy of Grenfell and the realisation that we saw the systemic failure of our system of building checks and controls. We must keep that in mind because, as the Secretary of State said—I will always endorse these words—public safety has to be paramount. That also...

Burma (15 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I welcome the Minister’s statement. I especially commend his point that returns must be voluntary, but that, of course, means that they are very unlikely to happen. It is unrealistic to suggest that 700,000 traumatised people could be told, “Please go back to face the guns and the rapists that sent you away in the first place.” There will be pressure—the Bangladeshi...

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I support the Prime Minister’s strategy, but may I remind her that during the Putin years he has become emboldened, sometimes because our allies, in Europe and internationally, have not always been prepared to face down aggression of this kind in view of their commercial interests? If we are going to stay the course, will the Prime Minister remind our allies that they are as much under...

Victims of Crime: Rights — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds North West (Alex Sobel) for securing this really important debate. We have heard many important contributions. Like the hon. Member for Telford (Lucy Allan), I have had to live through the aftermath of child sexual exploitation in my area. She is absolutely right in everything she says. We must never blame the victims. We must stand up...

Victims of Crime: Rights — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Tony Lloyd: I will not take long, in that case. The comments of my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) are really important. Antisocial behaviour matters. Actually, it kills in the worst situations, and even if we are not talking about those extremes it certainly makes people’s lives miserable. It destroys the quality of people’s lives and we must take...


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