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Amendment of the Law (23 Mar 2015)

Jim Murphy: I think I speak on behalf of the whole House when I say that we regret that this is my hon. Friend’s last ever speech in a Budget debate. On the need for more engineers and qualified people, will she reflect on the particular need for more women in engineering roles?

Deregulation Bill (Programme) (No.3): European Commission: National Parliaments (10 Mar 2015)

Jim Murphy: I was just reflecting on how much I miss the time my hon. Friend and I spent together on the European Scrutiny Committee. Without wishing to entice the opprobrium of Government Members, I was also reflecting on my time as Minister for Europe, when I worked on the Lisbon treaty. In his conversations with colleagues in COSAC, has my hon. Friend discussed the fact that a quarter of the written...

Women and Equalities: Smith Commission (27 Nov 2014)

Jim Murphy: I welcome today’s statement and I think people across Scotland will welcome it. The referendum changed Scotland, and today’s statement is confirmation that we need to respect the wishes for change of the no voters and reach out to many of those who voted yes as well. In welcoming the tax powers, may I point out that the new welfare powers are just as crucial? Will the Secretary of...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 Sep 2014)

Jim Murphy: It is a delight to follow the Minister of State, Department for International Development, the right hon. Member for New Forest West (Mr Swayne) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Mr Brown). I share their commitment to the Bill, but I cannot share their passion today because I do not have all of my voice. I have been touring around Scotland, and not always...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 Sep 2014)

Jim Murphy: The hon. Gentleman is right to make that point: this legislation seeks to enshrine in law what we are doing now, together. It is a proposal we all support across this House, and we are enshrining in law a current policy that Labour Members argued for and that the Government have started to implement—we welcome that warmly. Of course a future Government would not just be able to undo,...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 Sep 2014)

Jim Murphy: I do not have much voice left to talk about referendums, so let us concentrate on one at a time. I thought the Minister made a good, passionate and personal speech. I am more surprised that the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) is intending to vote against the manifesto commitment he stood on at the last general election than I am by anything the Minister said. Labour Members...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 Sep 2014)

Jim Murphy: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct on that. He talks about his experience in Tanzania and the sense of pride in some of the remarkable achievements on international development under the previous Labour Government. Many hundreds of thousands of lives were saved and transformed. It is important that we take that impulse, instinct and record and try to enshrine them in law. My third point is...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Humanitarian Situation (Northern Iraq) (3 Sep 2014)

Jim Murphy: I congratulate the right hon. Member for New Forest West (Mr Swayne) on his promotion. He has a tough act to follow in the right hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Sir Alan Duncan), who brought real passion and commitment to the job. The murder of Steven Sotloff and the reports of the taking of a British hostage remind us of the bravery and dedication of those who go to the region to save...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Humanitarian Situation (Northern Iraq) (3 Sep 2014)

Jim Murphy: The whole House will look forward to hearing those updates and how we are supporting the Kurdistan Regional Government. Assyrian Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen Shi’a have lived side by side in that region for centuries, and yet ISIL is now targeting non-Arab and non-Sunni Muslim populations and communities. Will the Secretary of State assure the House that in the distribution of...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Syria (18 Jun 2014)

Jim Murphy: The Syrian conflict is in its fourth year, and we have seen the re-emergence of polio, the use of chemical weapons and the slaughter of innocents, with entire cities under siege. With the world’s focus rightly on neighbouring Iraq, this is a conflict that still demands our attention. What assessment has the Secretary of State made of proposals from the normally recalcitrant Russians to...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Syria (18 Jun 2014)

Jim Murphy: Some people who fled the Syrian conflict into Iraq are, heartbreakingly, now fleeing the Iraq crisis back into Syria. Some 200,000 Syrians have fled into Kurdish Iraq and now 300,000 internally displaced persons have fled the ISIS advance into Iraqi Kurdistan, so what assessment has the Secretary of State and her Department made of the additional humanitarian support now required by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Afghanistan (14 May 2014)

Jim Murphy: I thank the Secretary of State for her statement, and for giving me advance sight of it earlier today. This year the United Kingdom’s combat mission in Afghanistan comes to an end, and I join the Secretary of State in paying tribute to the UK service personnel who have been lost in the service of our country. As we approach the close of a 13-year operation, there will be time for...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Afghanistan Election (Women) (9 Apr 2014)

Jim Murphy: As we pay tribute to others, it is right for the House again to reflect at the time of these elections on the enormous contribution our armed forces have made and continue to make. It is heartening that in the elections the three front-runners were supportive of the extension of women’s rights in government, but progress has been fragile. It is unacceptable that only 1% of those who...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (9 Apr 2014)

Jim Murphy: DFID has a work in freedom programme, aimed at preventing the trafficking of women and girls from south Asia to countries popular with migrants. Last week, I was in Qatar to see the conditions endured by migrant male workers. As Qatar starts to build the World cup stadiums, the abuses I saw cannot continue. Does the Secretary of State agree that it is important to extend the work in freedom...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Syria (5 Mar 2014)

Jim Murphy: The Secretary of State, like everyone else, will not want the understandable focus on the political crisis in Ukraine to result in a lack of focus on the situation in Syria. It is three years since that dreadful conflict began and I will be travelling to Jordan and Lebanon next week. She rightly says that there are 2.5 million refugees. What is her assessment of the capability of neighbouring...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Syria (5 Mar 2014)

Jim Murphy: We look forward to hearing news of the first refugees arriving in the UK. As the Secretary of State knows, food is being used as a weapon. That is not a new innovation, but it is utterly unacceptable. There is news this morning that people in Yarmouk are resorting to eating cats to survive. What is being done to ensure the passage of humanitarian supplies and food into the cities that are...

Opposition Day — [19th Allotted Day] — UNHCR Syrian Refugees Programme (29 Jan 2014)

Jim Murphy: I welcome the chance to it put on record that we have had a genuinely informed, passionate and, rightly, occasionally emotional debate about how the House, the Government and the UK population can most effectively support those seeking refugee status here and in other countries. I also want to put on record the Opposition’s appreciation of the Government’s continuing financial...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Syria: Humanitarian Support (22 Jan 2014)

Jim Murphy: I wish to return to an earlier supplementary question. There is a general welcome for UK financial support for Syrian refugees, but of course there is growing concern about the Government’s refusal to admit any of the refugees to the UK. Will the Secretary of State tell the House how many other countries have said yes? How it can be right that the British Government continue to say no...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Syria: Humanitarian Support (22 Jan 2014)

Jim Murphy: Surely it is not an issue of money or refugees; surely those are not mutually exclusive. The UK aid charities are right when they ask “how can we call on Syria’s neighbours to keep their borders open to refugees if we keep our own under lock and key?” We are talking about torture victims and children who have lost both their parents. I think it is likely that, over time, the...

Tributes to Nelson Mandela (9 Dec 2013)

Jim Murphy: This is one of those occasions when everyone starts by saying that they are speaking on behalf of their constituents. It is something we often claim, but it is undoubtedly true on both sides of the House today. Many Members have begun their remarks by suggesting that everything has already been said, but each and every Member has found something genuinely new to share with the House. I hope...


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