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Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell) not only on securing this debate but on his powerful speech. I associate myself with his remarks. I shall resist the temptation to address some of the broader political questions that have come up during the debate so far and focus on the sheer scale of the humanitarian crisis, and particularly the impact of the...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: My hon. Friend has been a consistent and powerful advocate on behalf of the Yemeni people, including the diaspora living in his own constituency. I absolutely agree with him and take the opportunity of his intervention to pay tribute to DFID, both for its longer-term involvement in Yemen, which pre-dates the conflict, and for the work that it has sought to do during the current crisis. As of...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I welcome the fact that the Minister has described the situation as a blockade. If the blockade is not lifted completely, what is his estimate of how close Yemen is to famine—days or weeks?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Value for Money (29 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: Last week, the Select Committee on International Development published our first report of the Parliament on global education. I urge the Government to respond soon to our recommendation that we should fully fund replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education and to make that announcement as early as possible.

Petition - Changes to Local Bus Services in Torbay: Guards on Merseyrail Trains (22 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I hope that the Minister will respond to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Walton (Dan Carden) about the £32 million cut in central Government funding for Merseytravel, which is forcing it to make decisions that it would not want to make if it had the funds available.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yemen (21 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: The scale of the humanitarian crisis is truly frightening and the Saudi blockade could result in thousands of further deaths. A political solution is vital. Will the Minister tell us whether the Prime Minister has spoken to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia? If she has not, can she do so as a matter of urgency to get the blockade lifted?

Yemen (20 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I think it is pretty clear that this is a blockade, and the sheer scale of the humanitarian crisis must now require urgent action by this Government and our partners to press the Saudis to lift the blockade. The Minister said in his statement that our NGO partners in Yemen are already reporting that water in major cities has “stopped operating because of a lack of fuel.” Can he...

Yemen (7 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make a statement on the impact of the escalation of Saudi Arabia’s blockade on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Yemen (7 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I join the Minister in condemning the missile strike on Riyadh by the Houthis, which has been described by Human Rights Watch as “most likely a war crime”. We have seen alleged violations of international humanitarian law on all sides of this conflict. Will the Minister update the House on progress towards the independent investigation that was agreed at the recent United Nations...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Performance (6 Nov 2017)

Stephen Twigg: Youth unemployment in Germany has long been significantly lower than here. What lessons are the Government seeking to learn from the German system, particularly about technical and practical education?

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Education (31 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of UK humanitarian aid was spent on education in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014, (d) 2015 and (e) 2016.

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I am bemused by the Minister’s argument. The AV system would retain single Member constituencies represented by a single Member of Parliament. What is the relevance of the argument about the constituency link?

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: It is pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray, and to follow the hon. Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley), who, though he did not persuade me, made a powerful speech. I thank everyone who signed the petition for enabling us to have the debate, and I pay tribute to the range of organisations working in the field, many of which have done so for decades, including the...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I agree; I concur with those who have said in the debate that we can really learn lessons from the experience of those broadly proportional voting systems in Scotland, Wales and Greater London. There has been a suggestion that the system should be abandoned in England and that we should move to first past the post, but it is hugely helpful that there is a range of parties in the Greater...

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr Evans), who is a fellow member of the Select Committee on International Development. I welcome today’s debate, thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting it and congratulate the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert). In particular, I thank the range of non-governmental organisations, based...

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I thank my hon. Friend for that important point, which speaks to a broader issue about the availability of relatively small amounts of funding for local organisations working on HIV and AIDS or equality issues on the ground. The International Development Committee raises this issue across the full breadth of DFID’s work, but it has particular resonance and relevance for today’s...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Leaving the EU: Preferential Trade (18 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: In many of the countries in which the Department for International Development operates, co-operation on the ground with the European Union is crucial to the impact of our efforts. Will the Secretary of State assure us that work is being done to ensure that that development co-operation with the EU continues?

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: I am pleased to follow the hon. Member for Colchester (Will Quince) and to concur with everything he said in his excellent speech. I also pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Rushanara Ali) and the hon. Member for St Albans (Mrs Main), both of whom spoke incredibly powerfully, as has everyone else in this debate. I am pleased to say that this morning the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (17 Oct 2017)

Stephen Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian Government about the new charges being brought against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe,


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