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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Twigg

Valedictory Debate (5 Nov 2019)

Stephen Twigg: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for North Devon (Peter Heaton-Jones). I will start, if I may, by thanking everyone with whom I have had the honour to work in this place. In particular, I wish to put on record my thanks to my amazing staff both in the constituency and here in Parliament. I had the privilege to serve for eight years the constituency in which I grew up and where most...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: UK Soft Power (5 Nov 2019)

Stephen Twigg: Mr Speaker, I am delighted to join the congratulations on your election yesterday on behalf of the people of Liverpool. An important element of soft power is our commitment to international development. Will the Minister take this opportunity to reaffirm the Government's commitment to that, including the 0.7% aid commitment and the continuation of the Department for International Development...

Disability-inclusive Development — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (31 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: Thank you, Mr Evans, not only for your chairmanship today but for your service on the Committee. I wish the Committee well in future. You anticipated one of the things I was going to say, as did the Minister. He made the point that in my four and a half years as Chair of the Committee, there have been five Secretaries of State for International Development, but what has been striking has...

Disability-inclusive Development — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (31 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Thirteenth Report of the International Development Committee, DFID’s work on disability-inclusive development, Session 2017-19, HC 1880, and the Government Response, Session 2017-19, HC 2680. It is, as ever, a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans, not least because you serve as a distinguished member of the International...

Liverpool City Council Funding (29 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: I am a strong supporter of the city region devolution. The deal the Minister describes is welcome. However, the strong sense in Liverpool is that what the Government have given the city region with one hand does not make up for what they had taken away with the other, particularly from some of our most deprived communities. Does he recognise that concern?

Liverpool City Council Funding (29 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: I welcome the additional powers for the city region Mayor, and I pay tribute to Steve Rotheram for his work. I absolutely echo what the Minister said about the renaissance in the city centre, but I represent suburban east Liverpool, and it does not always feel that way in some of the communities that I represent. They are much more reliant on the council services that I focused on in my...

Liverpool City Council Funding (29 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: I beg to move, That this House has considered the funding of Liverpool City Council. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir George. Liverpool has borne the brunt of a decade of austerity. Massive cuts in Government funding have hit the council hard, combined with benefit changes that have hit the poorest and most vulnerable hardest. I pay tribute to all those who work across...

Liverpool City Council Funding (29 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: The hon. Lady’s intervention precisely anticipates my next paragraph. At that unprecedented meeting, members of the Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green and Liberal parties agreed unanimously on a call for urgent action from the Treasury. Liverpool MPs, led by my hon. Friend the Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle), have echoed the call for an urgent meeting with the Secretary of...

Liverpool City Council Funding (29 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: The hon. Lady is absolutely right to put on the record the amazing contribution that LCVS makes, as do similar councils in other parts of the country. In the 12 years that I have been in Liverpool, I have been struck by the strong sense of community and the sorts of organisations that come out of some of the most socially and economically deprived communities, some of which I mentioned. I can...

Liverpool City Council Funding (29 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: I thank my hon. Friend and neighbour for his kind words, and I echo his comments about our friend, the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Luciana Berger). He is absolutely right about the impact of universal credit and, before that, other changes—for example, the reductions in disability benefits and the introduction of the bedroom tax. That combination of factors has been significant...

Speaker’s Statement: Britain's Place in the World (15 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: I wish to address the commitment in the Queen’s Speech that “Government will ensure that it continues to play a leading role in global affairs, defending its interests and promoting its values”—[Official Report, House of Lords, 14 October 2019; Vol. 800, c. 3.] and to make the case that the guiding principles of our foreign policy should be justice, security and human rights, through...

Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria (15 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood) on securing this urgent question and agree with everything he said. I want to raise with the Secretary of State a specific humanitarian consequence of what is happening, which is about access to water in north-east Syria. I am told that the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are responding to urgent concerns...

Us Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria (8 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: As ever, it is innocent civilians who will suffer the consequences of the humanitarian disaster that will follow this decision. May I press the Minister to respond to the question of my right hon. Friend the Member for Islington South and Finsbury (Emily Thornberry)? It really is time for us to table this at the United Nations Security Council.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Forced Migration (2 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: In north-east Nigeria, almost 2 million people have been internally displaced. In a disturbing development, the Nigerian Government have closed two major international non-governmental organisations, posing a risk to thousands of lives. May I urge the Secretary of State to do all that he can to press the Nigerian Government to enable those NGOs to operate, because they are about saving lives?

Yemen (1 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: (Urgent Question): To ask the Foreign Secretary to update the House on the latest developments in Yemen.

Yemen (1 Oct 2019)

Stephen Twigg: I thank the Minister for that response. As he says, the humanitarian consequences of the Yemen conflict are devastating. The United Nations has estimated that, by the end of this year, the combined death toll from the fighting and disease will be 230,000. I pay tribute to the Department for International Development for its response, which, as he rightly reminded us, has been one of the most...

Arms Export Licences (Saudi Arabia) (26 Sep 2019)

Stephen Twigg: The Court of Appeal identified a failure by the Government to meet their legal obligation to make a systematic assessment of past possible violations of international law. The Secretary of State today has acknowledged a failure to share information across Government. Surely these failures demonstrate that we no longer have a robust system of arms control in this country.

Girls’ Education (5 Sep 2019)

Stephen Twigg: I congratulate the Secretary of State on his appointment to this important role in Government. I welcome very warmly both his statement and the commitment the UK made at the G7 to Education Cannot Wait. Clearly, we need other donors to rise to the challenge in the way the UK has. What will he be doing over the next few weeks to ensure that the full replenishment of Education Cannot Wait is...

Petition - Ceasefire in Yemen (24 Jul 2019)

Stephen Twigg: It is a pleasure to join in this cross-party presentation of petitions relating to the situation in Yemen. It used to be said that the crisis in Yemen was a forgotten war. Thanks to the cross-party efforts of Members who are speaking today, and others who are not here with us, we have ensured that it is not forgotten in this place. I am particularly pleased to present this petition from...

Universal Health Coverage — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (10 Jul 2019)

Stephen Twigg: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I draw your attention to a relevant entry in the register—I visited Liberia in 2017 with the fantastic organisation, RESULTS UK, to look at Liberia’s efforts to rebuild a public health system after the Ebola crisis. I congratulate the right hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire (Alistair Burt) on securing the debate and...

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