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Governance Of London (6 Jun 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: I have been made aware of the conventions of maiden speeches, especially the tradition of paying tribute to one's predecessors. I have no problem with praising many of the previous Members of Parliament for Hayes and Harlington: men such as Walter Ayles, a good socialist who took a special interest in aid to Africa; Arthur Skeffington, a superb housing Minister in the Wilson Government; and...

Governance Of London (6 Jun 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: It is money.

Bills Presented: Northern Ireland (12 Jun 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Should the hon. Member not confine his remarks to the order that we are discussing?

Orders of the Day — Council Tax (17 Jul 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: The genesis of this debate goes back 13 years to the introduction of rate capping under the Thatcher Government. It was introduced to cut public expenditure under monetarist economic theory and in an attempt, for short-term political expediency, to deliver tax cuts as a bribe before the election. The Labour party, the Liberal Democrats and all progressives opposed the capping legislation,...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (10 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: In view of his remarks, may I suggest that the right hon. Gentleman apologises on behalf of his party to the people of London for denying them democratic government of their city for the past decade?

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (10 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: Following the election in 1983, was there a referendum so that Londoners could have a say about the abolition of the GLC? I doubt whether the hon. Gentleman could recall a referendum taking place.

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (10 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: Does my hon. Friend recall that, when the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr. Clarke) was Home Secretary, he proposed that there should be a police authority for London, but he was rapidly replaced by—I cannot remember his constituency—Michael Howard?

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (10 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: The issue was indeed put to the electorate, because there were four by-elections at the end of the GLC, in which four GLC members stood down and risked the majority party's overall control. The London electorate returned them with resounding majorities, solely on the principle of opposition to the abolition of the GLC in 1986.

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (10 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: My hon. Friend mentioned resources. Does he agree that, while there may be no second question on taxation, when we come to the main Bill we must tackle the crucial issue of the resourcing of the strategic authority to ensure that the powers to be exercised by the mayor and assembly can be exercised effectively through adequate resourcing? Will my hon. Friend join me in urging the Minister to...

Orders of the Day — Greater London Authority (Referendum) Bill (10 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: An apology is required because the Conservative party was given the opportunity, by all parties on the GLC, by Londoners and by many London organisations, to reform the GLC instead of abolishing it. However, in a pig-headed way and showing a cowardly lack of interest in London, Conservative Members marched through the Division Lobbies to obey the diktat of the then Prime Minister. That is...

Business of the House (13 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: In the light of newspaper reports this morning that Conservative peers are planning to vote against key elements of the programme on which the Government were elected, will my right hon. Friend allow an early debate on the proposed abolition of the hereditary peerage? As there are murmurings that they may vote against a ban on hunting, will she act with some urgency, so that the hunters may...

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: Will the Home Secretary contrast his proposal to offer the outer London districts representation on the authority with the current arrangements whereby, at best, outer London district representatives receive half an hour with the Home Secretary perhaps once a year?

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Iraq (14 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: In view of the cataclysmic dangers that we may now face as we step down a path possibly to military action, may I ask my hon. Friend to liaise with the Leader of the House to ensure—through you, Madam Speaker—that, early next week, we have an emergency debate on the implications of recent developments and the potential for regional war, which may break out because of military action?

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: rose—

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: I apologise to my hon. Friend for intervening so abruptly earlier. While on the subject of resources for the police, we should also consider the availability of resources for local authorities to install closed circuit television. As the hon. Member for Uxbridge (Mr. Randall) said, the issue for Hillingdon was that, having had an horrendous revenue support grant settlement from the previous...

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: I want to report on some of the activities in my constituency to develop community partnerships to tackle crime. I want also to refer to a couple of cases that have previously been dealt with by the Metropolitan police but are currently of concern to me. I do not want to be contentious, but I was surprised by the speeches of some Conservatives Members who previously presided over a capital...

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: No transfer fee was involved in this process, I am assured.

Policing of London (14 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: Now that the hon. Gentleman has finally admitted that the previous Government reduced the overall proportion of resources coming to London, will he justify it, given that, in terms of taxation, London is a net contributor to the rest of the country to the tune of between £6 billion and £9 billion?

Prayers: Kenya (Human Rights) (19 Nov 1997)

John Martin McDonnell: I am extremely heartened by the acceptance of the subject of human rights abuses in Kenya for today's debate. It is a reflection of the warmth and affection that many right hon. and hon. Members feel for Kenya and its people. No one who has visited Kenya and met its people can fail to be entranced by a country so beautiful and so abundant in natural resources. From the fertile shores of Lake...


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