Results 1–20 of 735 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Siobhain McDonagh

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: My constituent James Bloodworth spent six months undercover working for some of the UK’s most notorious organisations for insecure work. His book, “Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain”, is an astonishing insight into the day-to-day reality of such workers. Amazon was the worst, James said. He had a zero-hours contract and he even faced a disciplinary for days...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: It has been the honour of my life to represent the constituency in which I was born for the last 21 years. For all but a brief and unheralded period as a Whip, I have been a Back-Bench MP. I do not regard my job as second rate to any shadow Minister or Minister, as the role of constituency MP is a vital one in our democracy and political discourse. Everything that has happened over the past...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the right hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) is underestimating the power of private Members’ Bills historically in this House? They have paved the way for very big social change. For example, the Abortion Act 1967 and the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 by Lord Morris—both very powerful pieces of legislation —came...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Does my hon. Friend also agree that there are variations in the propensity of certain groups in the population to appear on the electoral register? For example, there is an 80% propensity for older women from the home counties to be on the register, compared with only a 20% likelihood for young black men in inner cities to be on it.

Immigration Rules: Paragraph 322(5) (13 Jun 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Before I call Alison Thewliss, let me say that I think it has become obvious to everybody that there might be quite a strict time limit on speeches.

Immigration Rules: Paragraph 322(5) (13 Jun 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Order. As all hon. Members will be aware, this is a very popular debate—people have done very well in getting their MPs here. Eight people wish to speak in the 20 minutes remaining before I call the Front Bench spokespersons, so if we are to get everyone in, I am afraid Members must not speak for longer than two and a half minutes. I call Douglas Ross.

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Some 21,000 jobs in the retail sector were lost in the first three months of 2018 alone. In that time, we have seen Marks & Spencer announce plans to close 100 stores by 2020 and all 100 Toys R Us stores shut their doors. Just last month, we even heard that Poundworld will lose more than 100 stores, putting 1,500 jobs at risk. The retailer that I wish to bring to the House’s...

Retail Sector (6 Jun 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Would the Secretary of State care to comment on a practice I see weekly at my advice surgery? Large numbers of my constituents, particularly among the Tamil community, are working 18 hours a week at Tesco precisely so that Tesco does not have to pay employer’s national insurance contributions.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I thank the Backbench Business Committee for allowing us the time to debate this issue. I also thank the eight Back-Bench MPs, mainly from south-west London—the best place in the world to live—who made speeches and everyone who made interventions. I appreciate that this is a difficult day as we go into recess, so I am grateful to the shadow Minister my hon. Friend the Member for...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the most frightening thing to come out of our inquiry to date is the fact that younger people in Pakistan are more anti-Ahmadi than older people? In the west, we always expect the younger to be more liberal, but that is not currently the case in the Pakistan, and that is very frightening.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I beg to move, That this House notes with concern the rising tide of persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, Algeria and other countries around the world; further notes the effect that hate preachers have on radicalising people internationally and in the UK, through the media, social media and otherwise; notes with concern the past activities of hate preacher, Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri, who...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Their desire to help the wider community and not only themselves marks Ahmadis in a particular way, in all our communities.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I give way to my hon. Friend.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Just before I continue my global tour, let me say that while all Members present recognise the efforts of the Ahmadi community in their constituencies, former Members also identify with their work. I am delighted that my friend and colleague Tony Colman, the former Member of Parliament for Putney, is present to listen to the debate. I will begin our global tour in Algeria, where an estimated...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. In Indonesia, Ahmadiyya is not an authorised religion. So when an Ahmadi tries to secure identity documents requiring an authorised religion to be shown, they simply cannot get them. Furthermore, Ahmadi mosques have been burned down, Ahmadis have been denied their voting rights, and they have been driven out of their homes, as my hon. Friend said. I am...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I completely agree. Even his holiness the head of the Ahmadiyya faith is now based in London precisely because of the persecution in Pakistan.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: Yes, and that was brought out in the all-party group investigation meeting just on Monday. It had never occurred to me that it was specifically Ahmadis who could not do such things.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. It is extraordinary that the persecuted Christian community can do some of the things and act in ways that the Ahmadis themselves cannot, so there is a real conflict going on there.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (24 May 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: I wish all the communities did get on as well as perhaps they do in Hounslow, but there are many incidents of Ahmadis experiencing persecution in the UK from other Muslim groups.


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