Results 1–20 of 6500 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Liam Byrne

Electoral Commission Investigation: Vote Leave (17 Jul 2018)

Liam Byrne: This House is the guardian of free and fair elections. It is now clear that this referendum result was corrupt because it was bought, quite possibly with Russian money. Which Minister will now ask the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider a joint enterprise prosecution so that it is not just the staff of these campaigns that are prosecuted but the governing minds as well?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Jul 2018)

Liam Byrne: Last week a much loved grandmother, Riasat Bi, was murdered in her own home during the course of a knife fight; she was 86. West Midlands police are doing everything they can to respond to the growing spiral of violence in east Birmingham, but they need help. The force is at its smallest size since 1974: it needs new investment and we need new investment in youth services. Will the Home...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Liam Byrne: The Secretary of State will remember that back in 2013 I warned that this was not a benefit that was ready for wide-scale roll-out. In my Birmingham constituency, we have the DWP telling my constituents that they cannot apply for housing credit through universal credit. They get sent to Birmingham City Council, which then sends them back to the DWP. There is still a level of chaos on the...

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Liam Byrne: The Prime Minister should have sacked her Foreign Secretary some time ago, given that he is someone who put himself before his party. She now risks putting her party before her country. How can she possibly persuade us that she can negotiate with strength with Brussels when it is clear that she leads a divided House and is struggling to take back control of her Cabinet, never mind anything else?

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Liam Byrne: I respect the position in which the right hon. Gentleman finds himself. Birmingham airport could take 17 million extra flights now on the existing infrastructure, and that capacity could be unlocked if we built the high-speed loop that was originally proposed. The cost of that loop would be about half that proposed for the new runway at Heathrow. Should we not look again at using high-speed...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Artificial Intelligence (21 Jun 2018)

Liam Byrne: If we are to be a world leader in AI, we will need more computer scientists. This week, Roehampton University reported on the total collapse in the number of students studying ICT at GSCE level. Will the Minister set out her target for the number of students studying technology over the next year, and say what she will do to ensure that more girls in particular study ICT, because that is...

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Liam Byrne: I add my thanks and congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley East (Stephanie Peacock) on securing the debate. I will just make three broad points. First, it is extraordinary that the Government have not got a grip on the debate. It is not a marginal issue. One in five workers in this country is now self-employed—a bigger proportion than public service workers. If...

Health and Social Care: Regional Health Inequalities (19 Jun 2018)

Liam Byrne: What assessment he has made of the effect of the level of funding for the NHS on regional health inequalities.

Health and Social Care: Regional Health Inequalities (19 Jun 2018)

Liam Byrne: Birmingham has some of the worst health outcomes in the country. It is not a surprise, as A&E waits of over four hours are up by more than 127% in recent years, and waits of more than 18 weeks for treatment are up by 65%. Yet, according to freedom of information request responses I have received, our trusts in Birmingham have to make savings of £155 million this year. What are the...

G7 (11 Jun 2018)

Liam Byrne: The overwhelming majority of people in this House will welcome the overwhelming majority in the G7 agreeing not to let Russia back to the top table, but Russia is now seeking to exert its influence through the back door, and we learnt about the scale of that over the weekend. The Prime Minister says that it is an Electoral Commission inquiry, but the Electoral Commission does not have the...

Business of the House (17 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: Is it time for a general debate on the defence of parliamentary privilege? I understand that Mr Christopher Chandler has threatened six Select Committee Chairs with proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights if they dare to probe his links with President Putin. I happen to believe that if a New Zealander who is based in Dubai with acquired Maltese citizenship and a think-tank in...

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: The Minister says that recognising the state of Palestine will not change the facts on the ground, but he must accept that the facts on the ground are changing now because hope is bleeding to death. He says he is waiting for the right moment. If he goes ahead with the appalling President Trump’s ill-advised visit to this country, that is the moment at which we should say to the...

Tributes: Baroness Jowell (14 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: Tessa Jowell was one of the greatest entrepreneurs in public life that we have seen in this country for decades. She was such a brilliant idealist not because she could talk with people late into the night about the newest ideas or the latest trends in thinking, but because she thought that the best thing to do with ideas is turn them into action. She was a practical idealist unlike any that...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: The Chair of the Select Committee is doing a brilliant job with his investigation, but the argument must stretch further than simply political advertising. For example, when Voter Consultancy Ltd ran attack ads against Conservative Members, accusing some of them of being Brexit mutineers, it was running an imprint for a company that was actually filing dormant accounts at Companies House....

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: Those are real risks, which is why amendment 15 would delete such an important chunk of the Bill and therefore improve it. I know that when I was a Home Office Minister, I took decisions that sometimes were wrong, and those decisions were corrected through the tribunal system. Tribunal cases were often successfully prosecuted by those who had rights that we were seeking to deny because...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: May I start by welcoming the new powers for the Information Commissioner, which we called for in Committee? Nobody who observed the debacle of the investigation into Cambridge Analytica will have needed persuading that that those powers are necessary—it took the court five or six days to issue the requisite search warrants, and that time might well have been used by Cambridge Analytica...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: My hon. Friend hits the nail on the head. The answer, of course, is that it is because of all three of those reasons that we do not have before us an imaginative bill of digital rights, but the times do call for it. In the early days, when we were writing great charters such as Magna Carta, the threats to ordinary citizens were from bad monarchs. We needed provisions such as Magna Carta and...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: My hon. Friend is right. We have been at the receiving end of a huge number of data breaches in this country—really serious infringements of basic 21st-century rights—which is why we need a bold declaration of those rights so that the citizens of this country know what they are entitled to. Unless we get this right, we will not be able to build the environment of trust that is the...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: There is no right to digital literacy under the Bill, which is why we propose the five rights as the core of new schedule 1 in which, as the Minister knows, we go much further. The provision sets out rights to equality of treatment, security, free expression, access, privacy, ownership and control, the right not to be discriminated against as a result of automated decision making, and rights...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Liam Byrne: I am not sure that that is the case. British citizens have confirmed rights under the GDPR—that is safeguarded under EU legislation—but the risks I am worried about are the same ones as the right hon. Gentleman. I spent two and a half years in the Home Office. I recognised many of the errors that were made by the former Home Secretary in the situation that we inherited back in...


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