Results 1–20 of 6047 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

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Liam Byrne: Let me add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Rushanara Ali) on securing this debate. On behalf of many of us, may I say to her and to the hon. Members for Colchester (Will Quince), for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully) and for St Albans (Mrs Main) that the debt that we owe to them for the courage with which they have borne witness and given testimony...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Counter-terrorism (17 Oct 2017)

Liam Byrne: One of the things we need from cross-Government co-ordination is for British citizens who fought for Daesh to be prosecuted for genocide and war crimes. More than 400 people from this country have fought in that conflict and come back here, but not a single one has been prosecuted for either genocide or war crimes. Surely that must change.

Petition - Law Relating to Travelling Communities (16 Oct 2017)

Liam Byrne: I do not want to detain the House for too long, but I rise to present a petition relating to the conduct of travelling communities in my constituency that, unfortunately, caused great damage over the course of this year. I want to put on the record my thanks to my colleagues, Councillors Ian Ward, Marje Bridle and John Cotton for how they handled the situation. The terms of the petition, from...

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Liam Byrne: Will the Leader of the House bring forward an urgent statement on integrated data services? Last week, we saw one of the biggest data breaches in the world at Equifax, a company with which the British Government set up a joint venture to provide debt recovery services in 2014. People in this country have a right to know whether a British Government company was involved in one of the biggest...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Industries (14 Sep 2017)

Liam Byrne: It is a great pleasure to be back on the Front Bench. I always knew there were going to be risks with growing a beard, and so it seems—here I am. I hope that the Minister for Digital, in particular, will find me a constructive critic over the years to come. I need to ask about data protection this morning, because we cannot have strong cultural industries without strong data protection,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Liam Byrne: My hon. Friend is making a brilliant speech, but is the challenge of the Bill not this: we used to talk in this country about an elected dictatorship, but what is now being proposed is a barely elected dictatorship? Has she ever seen a bigger gap between a Government’s mandate and the power that they seek?

Taylor Review: Working Practices (11 Jul 2017)

Liam Byrne: The gig economy brings insecure work. Insecure work demands new rights, but those rights will be worthless unless the Government are prepared to put more resources into enforcement, regulation and inspection. Will the Minister commit herself to providing those additional resources when implementing the Taylor review?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (11 Jul 2017)

Liam Byrne: The Foreign Secretary has rightly underlined the importance of US-UK relations in this new world, but that relationship is kept alive by cultural and exchange programmes such as the Fulbright programme, which is now imperilled by President Trump’s proposal to cut 47% from its budget. Will the Foreign Secretary make representations to underline the fact that we think programmes such as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Extremism (3 Jul 2017)

Liam Byrne: May I press the Minister on the answer she gave to the former Chair of the Home Affairs Committee, my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz)? Social media giants remain the command and control platform of choice for extremists. I wrote to the Home Secretary on 29 March to ask whether she was considering similar laws to those in Germany and in Ireland, where a new...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

Liam Byrne: It is an honour to follow such a brilliant maiden speech. The hon. Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan) represents one of the most beautiful constituencies in the country and was a great credit to it this afternoon. She betrayed her grasp that all politics is local; she quite clearly has her eyes set on making a significant contribution to the national debate, with all the benefit of her...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

Liam Byrne: But without a timeframe, unfortunately. The manifesto sets a timeframe for achieving 2.3%, but not that longer-term ambition. Secondly, moving from the supply side to the demand side, we need a faster rate of growth. The previous Chancellor, George Osborne, sought to try to close the deficit, but with 90% of that achieved through spending cuts, our economy was put in a place where wage growth...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business Confidence (27 Jun 2017)

Liam Byrne: What steps his Department is taking to foster a positive environment for business growth.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Business Confidence (27 Jun 2017)

Liam Byrne: Does the Secretary of State agree with the Secretary of State for Defence, who spoke this morning about the need to provide extra investment in those areas that are left behind—even if the bill comes to something like £1.5 billion? When is he going to open talks with other hon. Members about the needs of their areas, so we can ensure that those left-behind regions are not left...

European Council (26 Jun 2017)

Liam Byrne: The Prime Minister’s offer is a step in the right direction, but it is long overdue. As a former Home Secretary, she will know that it is impossible both to grant the rights she proposes to 3.2 million EU citizens and to fulfil her target of reducing net migration to tens of thousands. Can she confirm today that she has set aside this fanciful target and is going to propose instead to...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Liam Byrne: Will the Minister give way?

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Liam Byrne: It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner. I want to start in the same place as my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy), which is as someone who loves America very dearly. I am proud to be one of the Fulbright scholars in this place. I spent two happy years living in America. I criss-crossed the country in that time, and it was there where I leant about...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Liam Byrne: I will not give way, because time is now very short. My fear is that nothing would be left unsaid in this visit. That is a problem, because sometimes in diplomacy things are better left unsaid. In this visit we would hear the sirens and the protests, and my fear is that in parts of America that would be misinterpreted not as antipathy to Donald Trump but as antipathy to America. That is not...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Liam Byrne: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I want to speak to new clause 193, which is in my name and the names of my hon. and right hon. Friends. I tabled it in the hope that the Minister would take it on board. I want to give the Government a chance this afternoon to set out their pro-European credentials. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster Central (Dame...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Liam Byrne: There is a reason why Russia has had its credentials suspended by the Council of Europe, and that is that it is not prepared to honour the great European Magna Carta that British civil servants helped to draw up under Churchill’s inspiration in the years after the second world war. The Conservative manifesto—

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Conduct of negotiations (8 Feb 2017)

Liam Byrne: I will give way in a moment, as I want to put a specific question to the Minister. The Conservative manifesto is not well read on the Government Benches; we study it forensically and in detail. In 2010, the manifesto said that the Conservatives would introduce a British Bill of Rights, replace the Human Rights Act and ensure that the European Court of Human Rights was no longer binding over...


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