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Business of the House: ISIL in Syria (2 Dec 2015)

Keith Simpson: This may be the kiss of death for them, but I congratulate the right hon. Members for Derby South (Margaret Beckett), for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Alan Johnson) and for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) on three formidable speeches. It always takes incredible courage to stand against one’s party and they should not be denigrated for doing so. I support the...

Business of the House: ISIL in Syria (2 Dec 2015)

Keith Simpson: I am sorry but I have almost run out of time. During the second world war, when Churchill and Roosevelt were looking at resistance in Europe, it was dreadfully difficult to find out whether people were communists, non-communists, or Gaullists of one kind or another. At the end of the day, their criterion was, “Are they fighting the Nazis?” There is no easy solution, but the Prime Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: G20 and Paris Attacks (17 Nov 2015)

Keith Simpson: The Prime Minister is only too well aware of the danger posed to our society by those returning from serving with ISIL in Syria. What measures are the Government taking to persuade those who can to speak out against what has happened? They are more likely to influence young Muslims than any of us.

Isil: European Council (19 Oct 2015)

Keith Simpson: On Syria, the Prime Minister said that EU members were going to try to persuade the Russians to attack ISIL. It seems to most of us that the Russians are attacking everybody but ISIL. How do we persuade them not to do that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy (20 Jul 2015)

Keith Simpson: The Secretary of State will be only too well aware that, over the past half an hour, there has been considerable division and difference of opinion with reference to his statement. That also applies to his strategy, which I fully support, of using direct military action against ISIS. The conundrum is that hundreds of young British people believe that what ISIS is doing is right. We are trying...

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads (8 Jul 2015)

Keith Simpson: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I welcome the Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to his ministerial post. I suppose that he is now responsible for, among other things, pigs and poultry. I would like to think that his previous experience dealing with...

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads (8 Jul 2015)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend’s very good point leads me on to another. As I am sure that the Minister is aware, the broads are significant and different from the rest of the national parks. First, although the environment had a hand in their creation, they were largely created by man. We found out as late as 1963 that peat diggings in the middle ages produced what we now call the broads. Secondly, the...

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads (8 Jul 2015)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend and I made that point in 2006-07 when another broads Bill was going through the Commons. He is quite right to say that the Sandford principle tries to balance the working side of national parks with the environment, but at the end of the day the environmental principle is more important. We have all been lobbied by people who are concerned that if the broads take the name of...

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads (8 Jul 2015)

Keith Simpson: My hon. Friend raises a good point. The planning department in the Broads Authority has considerable powers, and I would like the Department to examine that. That leads me on to my second point, which is the governance of the broads.

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads (8 Jul 2015)

Keith Simpson: That is the second main purpose of this debate. Indeed, the right hon. Gentleman’s colleague, the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron), was enthusiastic about the draft Bill a year ago, and my hon. Friend the Member for South Norfolk and I raised the issue back in 2007. The issue goes back some time. Basically, since 1988 there has been considerable local pressure for...

Norfolk and Suffolk Broads (8 Jul 2015)

Keith Simpson: I agree with my hon. Friend. There are so many gateways to the broads that we could draw up a laundry list, but he is right to highlight that part of his constituency. As I have tried to say, there is always a balance to be struck, but that is addressed by the second issue I am raising with the Minister. Is his Department considering resurrecting the draft Bill? That would have a lot of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Tunisia, and European Council (29 Jun 2015)

Keith Simpson: Understandably, we have centred on one young Tunisian man who carried out this massacre, and possibly some other Tunisians who supported him, but should we not also put it on record that dozens of Tunisians who worked at that hotel risked their lives protecting and helping our tourists? That should be the beacon that supports the Tunisian tourist industry and encourages people to visit Tunisia.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Economic Migrants: North Africa (9 Jun 2015)

Keith Simpson: Has the Department been able to assess from intelligence exactly who is behind the trafficking? If we can only prevent the trafficking and prevent individuals from making a lot of money, that will dry up the problem.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Spending (NATO Target) (8 Jun 2015)

Keith Simpson: Whether his Department’s budget will meet the NATO target of spending 2% of GDP on defence in each year to 2020.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Defence Spending (NATO Target) (8 Jun 2015)

Keith Simpson: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, but I think he is aware from the comments already made that there is deep concern on both sides of the House about the fact that the Prime Minister, having asked other NATO countries to commit themselves to spending 2% of GDP on defence, is unable to commit to that beyond 2015-16. I hope we will all urge the Secretary of State to make certain...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Battle of Waterloo (4 Jun 2015)

Keith Simpson: Alas, Mr Speaker, I was not, but my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg) was. I congratulate the Minister on her appointment. What will we do to celebrate the two thirds of the Duke of Wellington’s army that were, in fact, not British? Some 36% of His Grace’s army were British, of whom about one third were Scots and Welsh—the Scots were fighting for the...

Fifa: Britain in the World (1 Jun 2015)

Keith Simpson: My right hon. Friend has articulated three challenges we now face. May I suggest that he consider a fourth challenge: matching our capabilities with resources? The strategic defence and security review will take place this autumn. Will the savings that the Treasury requires be made before or after the review?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflict: Sexual Offences (6 Mar 2015)

Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which British Embassies and High Commissions have included the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative within their business plans; and if he will make a statement.


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