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Results 1–20 of 5190 for speaker:Joan Ruddock

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Joan Ruddock: This place has shaped my life for the past 28 years, but before that I remember my late father Ken and my mother Eileen, who instilled in me my values, and my late husband Keith, who introduced me to socialism and was a great support for 30 years. I hope that I have remained true to those values. First and foremost, I have been a woman Member of Parliament who did not want to play the boys’...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Undercover Policing (26 Mar 2015)

Joan Ruddock: In 1981, I was elected as chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Two years later, an MI5 agent, Cathy Massiter, blew the whistle on the surveillance, the phone taps and the collection of special branch reports on me. She cited political interference in the service and said that what had happened was illegal, and she resigned. In 1987, I became a Member of this House and took the loyal...

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: CDs and DVDs (26 Mar 2015)

Joan Ruddock: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2015 to Question 227858, if he will estimate how many unsolicited CDs and DVDs hon. Members received by post at their offices on the parliamentary estate in the last 12 months.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (23 Mar 2015)

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will direct Jobcentre-plus districts to address the geographical variations in the distribution of jobseeker's allowance sanctions as set out in the report by Crisis entitled Benefit sanctions and homelessness: a scoping report, published March 2015.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Greater London (23 Mar 2015)

Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance (JSA) sanctions there were per 100 JSA claimants in each London borough in the latest period for which figures are available.

Written Answers — House of Commons Commission: Recycling (23 Mar 2015)

Joan Ruddock: To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, when the Commission plans to introduce recycling for DVDs and CDs.

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the one scenario in which there could be an instant attack, without the build-up and norms of international discussions or whatever, would be a terrorist nuclear attack, not state sponsored but by something like ISIS? In those circumstances, does he agree that our nuclear weapons system is completely useless and does not deter?

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: May I apologise at the outset, Madam Deputy Speaker, for the fact that I have a long-standing constituency engagement and I will not be here for the wind-ups? However, I am confident that both Front Benchers will say only good things about me. There is a well-known saying in the peace movement that a unilateralist is a multilateralist who means it, and I am one of those. Whatever I have to...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: The hon. Gentleman is citing countries that are of course the minority—the nuclear-armed states. They all have the same attitude as him: they all have cold war thinking. Many of them have reduced their nuclear arsenals, but they remain more dangerous today.

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: The hon. Gentleman says we cannot know what will happen in the future, but we have a pretty good idea. The threats that were part of the cold war scenario are very different from those we face today.

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: As I go on in my speech, I hope to indicate that I am talking about today and tomorrow.

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: I agree with the hon. Lady, but, interestingly, the Government do not, and I will address that point, too. So what do the true believers say Trident renewal is for? Three threat scenarios are usually advanced: the re-emergence of a major nuclear threat, which is code for Russia; new states acquiring nuclear capability, which is code for Iran; and state-sponsored nuclear terrorism. Russia is...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: All the hon. Gentleman is advocating, of course, is conventional war, which can kill hundreds of thousands of people, as we see in Iraq. He is not making an argument. We need to look at where the real threats are and where real security lies. I will argue that real security lies in nuclear disarmament. It is on the third scenario, state-sponsored nuclear terrorism, where nuclear deterrence is...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: My hon. Friend needs to go back and look at his geography. There are not 47 sovereign states in Europe which belong to NATO—

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: The NATO ones do, but if my hon. Friend listened, he would know that I referred to 47 sovereign states, and they are not all members of NATO by any means.

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: My hon. Friend makes a very good point.

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. Nuclear weapons have no utility. They cannot be used to advance any cause or secure any territory without the most devastating effects. The true believers present them as benign, silently gliding under the oceans or quietly snoozing in bunkers doing no harm, but it is not so. Some 18 months ago, a book called “Command and Control” was published...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: I will come on to suggest what the world community thinks about that. It is of course my opinion that we would be safer without nuclear weapons. If the hon. Gentleman were both to read the research on nuclear winters and the report of the accidents that have been recently published, he would realise that there is no safety in the possession of nuclear weapons, even if they are not used in...

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman does not make a coherent case. Chemical weapons have certainly been used in recent times—we do not know whether biological weapons have been used—which means that nuclear weapons did not act as a deterrent, so his argument is not sound.

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 Jan 2015)

Joan Ruddock: I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman does not know his history. There have been hundreds of wars since that time and hundreds of thousands of people have died. Many of the wars were proxy wars between the superpowers, so his argument is completely invalid. If he argues that deterrence is so wonderful because the weapons are never used, then he has to ask: why have them at all? Let us get rid...


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