Results 1–20 of 2027 for speaker:Keith Simpson

Valedictory Debate (5 Nov 2019)

Keith Simpson: It is a great honour and privilege to attend one’s own obituary. It is a little bit like attending a group meeting within The Daily Telegraph, and it is also bringing back happy memories: happy memories of something I have not done for a long time—having to sit through interminable speeches waiting to be called, as one did 22 years ago when one was first called. Unlike some of my...

Intelligence and Security Committee Report on Russia (5 Nov 2019)

Keith Simpson: I declare an interest as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, and I absolutely support what our Chairman said. This is a question of principle as much as anything else. I will not go into the details of what the report is about—there have been a lot of foxes let loose by the media—but I have this question to put to the Minister, and I feel sorry for him that he has been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Jul 2019)

Keith Simpson: I begin by commending the Prime Minister for her stamina and courage in her term of office—whatever our views on Brexit and other issues—and also commend the support that she has received from her husband Philip. [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”] For many of us, our husbands, wives and partners are the unsung heroes. May I now ask her a specific question? She is going to the palace this...

Jammu and Kashmir (27 Feb 2019)

Keith Simpson: I do both. [Laughter.]

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Centenary of the Armistice (6 Nov 2018)

Keith Simpson: I begin by offering my warmest congratulations to the Secretary of State and the shadow Secretary of State on two very thoughtful and moving speeches in this important debate. I also welcome the new Minister, who will be winding up. I am sure that she will understand if I say that it is with sorrow that I recognise that her predecessor had to resign. Like a number of colleagues, I am haunted...

Assessment and Treatment Units: Vulnerable People: Centenary of the Armistice (6 Nov 2018)

Keith Simpson: I thank my hon. Friend. He and I have spoken before about the tragic death of his father and about what that meant to him. I am always conscious, as I know we all are, of the impact that losses had in war, on families but on friends as well. One of the memories in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission archives, which are now being put on its website, is contained in the letters—the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Jul 2018)

Keith Simpson: My right hon. Friend should be commended for her sangfroid a week ago in dealing with a giant ego—somebody who believes that truth is fake news and leaks continually. I am not referring here to the right hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson); I am of course referring to President Trump, who has acted in a very bizarre way over intelligence. I know that my right hon....

Uk Passport Contract (26 Mar 2018)

Keith Simpson: I absolutely support what the Minister has said, but can we perhaps move forward? What plans does the Home Office have for having not a paper passport, but a piece of plastic rather like our driving licence?

Government Policy on Russia (6 Mar 2018)

Keith Simpson: I follow the example of the shadow Foreign Secretary by saying that, as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, I do not intend to ask the Foreign Secretary for details of the recent incident, but does he agree that, after more than a decade now, we can see the direction of travel of the Putin regime? Its ability to murder people it regards as traitors is in the finest traditions...

Modernising Defence Programme (25 Jan 2018)

Keith Simpson: I have every sympathy with the Secretary of State: over the last two days when this was going to be announced, it was the old Army motto “knickers on, knickers off”, which many of us are familiar with. A number of colleagues, including my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Mr Duncan Smith), have pointed to the crucial matter of money. Twenty years ago, the...

National Security Capability Review (15 Jan 2018)

Keith Simpson: Does my right hon. Friend agree that in some ways this is an unfair question for him, because given everything that he has said, he does not decide defence and security policy, as that has now been upped to the National Security Council and the National Security Adviser? At what point does the influence of the chiefs of staff come in? Is he able to veto any proposals being put forward by the...

Report on Recent Terrorist Attacks (5 Dec 2017)

Keith Simpson: I am also a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee. I should like to ask the Home Secretary two questions. First, resources are obviously crucial, but this is also a matter of how our intelligence agencies are able to cope with the changing threat. Does she think that the agencies are capable of making that move? Secondly, we have had recommendations in the past, but they have not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Daesh (23 Oct 2017)

Keith Simpson: One consequence of the success of the operations against Daesh has been the dispersal of many of its volunteers, including United Kingdom citizens. Yesterday, my hon. Friend the Member for Penrith and The Border (Rory Stewart), who is a Minister of State at the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development, said that, as far as UK citizens who had served in ISIS were...

Bill Presented: Passchendaele (13 Jul 2017)

Keith Simpson: May I begin by thanking the Minister for outlining the various ceremonies that are to take place over the next two or three months to commemorate the battle of Passchendaele? I also thank the spokesman for the Opposition, the hon. Member for Cardiff West (Kevin Brennan), for talking about the wider impact of the war, which we are also commemorating. It seems to me that, at times, this...

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Keith Simpson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

State Pension Age for Women — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (5 Jul 2017)

Keith Simpson: I am very grateful, and I am aware of the Chair’s advice. I have to declare an interest, in that my wife is one of the women who have been affected. She feels incandescent with rage. She had no correspondence whatever, exactly as the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford) said. My second point is that, as I am sure many of the ladies have found out, the website of Her Majesty’s...

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Keith Simpson: In the past eight weeks we have seen a series of major terrorist attacks in this country. We saw the attack here in Parliament in which a police constable was killed. We saw the bombing in Manchester, and then we saw the atrocity in London. I was, until the general election was called, a member of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, and I want to speak briefly on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Anglo-American Relations (28 Mar 2017)

Keith Simpson: May I just bring the Foreign Secretary down to earth? The core element of the Anglo-American relationship is based on “Five Eyes” and intelligence. President Trump’s allegation, repeated from Fox News, was not like a gnat at a rhinoceros; it was deeply damaging, and I would be grateful if the Foreign Secretary would tell the House exactly what comments he made to the President or senior...

Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Keith Simpson: May I offer the Foreign Secretary my commiserations on his being sent out to bat on a very sticky wicket? Will he tell the House whether, when he intervened in Washington, it was through the State Department or the President’s son-in-law?

Trident: Test Firing (23 Jan 2017)

Keith Simpson: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the approach he has taken on this issue? The whole area of our independent nuclear deterrent is of crucial importance, and the arguments he has made very strongly about not being as open as he might perhaps at times like to be on the operational side is absolutely correct.

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