Results 1–20 of 2818 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nigel Dodds

Race Disparity Audit: Bombardier (10 Oct 2017)

Nigel Dodds: I thank the Secretary of State and his Cabinet colleagues for all the work they are doing on this issue, and I pay tribute to the workforce, the trade unions and the management of Bombardier in Belfast for the way they have approached this crisis. Does he agree that, not only today but going forward, everybody in this House should be united behind the workforce and the management? They should...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

Nigel Dodds: The Prime Minister has been in touch with party leaders in Northern Ireland in recent hours and she will have heard from our party leader a total commitment to restoring devolution immediately, with no red lines or preconditions, to get on with the job of dealing with health, education, jobs and investment in Northern Ireland. Can the Secretary of State indicate whether Sinn Féin...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

Nigel Dodds: I thank the Secretary of State. Certainly we will continue to engage intensively in those political talks. Northern Ireland needs a devolved Government and it needs its Executive, not least to deal, for instance, with one of the issues on the horizon—jobs in the Bombardier plant in Belfast. I thank the Secretary of State and the Government for the work that they are doing on that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Sep 2017)

Nigel Dodds: The Prime Minister will be aware of my party’s initiative last week to have devolution up and running in Northern Ireland immediately, in parallel with the talks process—an initiative that was welcomed by the Irish Government, Opposition parties and a wide section of public opinion in Northern Ireland. If, however, despite all our best efforts and the agreement of all the other...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Belfast Agreement: Impartiality (28 Jun 2017)

Nigel Dodds: I wish the Secretary of State well in his efforts in the coming days to restore the Executive to Northern Ireland. For our part, we are absolutely committed to getting the Executive up and running again. We did not collapse the Executive and we are not setting any red lines or preconditions for a reformation. Will he be assured that our focus is on ensuring that money for infrastructure,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Belfast Agreement: Impartiality (28 Jun 2017)

Nigel Dodds: On the issue of rigorous impartiality, of course we are committed to the agreements that we have entered into, as are Her Majesty’s Government. I particularly welcome the statement in the policy agreement that “the Conservative Party will never be neutral in expressing its support for the Union”, and that it “will never countenance any constitutional arrangements that...

The Prime Minister Was Asked--: Engagements (28 Jun 2017)

Nigel Dodds: Suicide rates in Northern Ireland, particularly in my constituency, and issues of severe mental health are some of the worst in Europe, and indeed the developed world, and clinicians and others have pointed to the legacy of 30 years of terrorism and violence and the awful effects of that. Part of the money that we are investing this week will go to mental health care—extra investment in...

Northern Ireland (26 Jun 2017)

Nigel Dodds: May I warmly welcome the First Secretary of State’s statement? This is a good agreement for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and it is a good agreement for all the people of Northern Ireland. All the money that has been outlined, particularly that for mental health and hard-to-reach areas, is for every section of the community in Northern Ireland. This is a deal...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Nigel Dodds: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood). I agree with him entirely about the importance of this Queen’s Speech and this Parliament. There is an enormous amount that the Queen’s Speech portends for this Parliament. The work that has now been given to us is far reaching and so important that it will necessarily dominate much of our time and...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Nigel Dodds: That is a very important point. One thing that has been very welcome in recent years is the strong security and working relationship between the Garda Síochána in the Irish Republic and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. That co-operation is very strong, and it will continue. Indeed, the PSNI chief constable recently made some remarks about how it would continue once we had...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Nigel Dodds: I am about to end my speech, and I know that others want to speak. We are about strengthening the Union, delivering Brexit, defending our country from threats of terrorism at home and abroad, creating prosperity, and ensuring that Northern Ireland continues to move forward. It is in the furtherance of those objectives that we will act and vote in this Parliament over the next five years.

Election of Speaker (13 Jun 2017)

Nigel Dodds: I begin by congratulating you, Mr Speaker-Elect, on your re-election. I wish you very, very well indeed for the post that you now reoccupy. You have always been highly assiduous in ensuring that those in smaller parties, the regional parties, and those with little influence in this House have had their voice heard. While some things may have changed, it is good that you remain in place and...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Nigel Dodds: It gives me great pleasure to speak in the debate, and to follow the hon. Member for Belfast South (Dr McDonnell). I welcome the Bill, as far as it goes. It is necessary, but unfortunate. There is now a new deadline, but as it is the same deadline that was imposed for the first set of talks, it is, in fact, not really a deadline. Let me say to the Secretary of State, with great respect, that...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Nigel Dodds: We have made it clear that we are happy to continue contacts during the election campaign, and I am sure that there will be such contacts, at official and other levels. We have no difficulty in trying to reach out and secure agreement on the issues that are outstanding. We want to make it very plain today that we do not stand in the way of the restoration of devolution, and nor, I understand,...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Nigel Dodds: By their own definition.

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Nigel Dodds: The right hon. Gentleman is about to move on to a subject he takes great interest in. When he was shadow Secretary of State, he promised to people—he went around Northern Ireland and he told this House—that when a Conservative Administration came into power he would deal with the cost of Sinn Féin MPs who are elected to this place, do not do any work and do what he is now...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Nigel Dodds: You did nothing.

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Nigel Dodds: So I take it the right hon. Gentleman will repeat the same call in relation to Members and their staff here who are in receipt of public money but do not do their jobs. Will he say that clearly to the Government Front-Bench team today?

Early Parliamentary General Election (19 Apr 2017)

Nigel Dodds: I want to address three issues in the short time available to me. First, this election is happening in the midst of political discussions in Northern Ireland about the formation of an Executive. That is unfortunate. I want to make it clear that, as far as our party is concerned, we are responding positively to the Secretary of State’s request for discussions to continue in Northern...

Legislating for Uk Withdrawal from the EU (30 Mar 2017)

Nigel Dodds: May I commend the Secretary of State for his statement and the White Paper. This is the right approach to providing certainty once we leave the EU. In relation to the devolved Administrations and the greater powers thereto, will he engage intensively with the devolved Administrations during the two-year period that now lies ahead about where powers should lie—whether in London, or...


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