Results 1–20 of 635 for speaker:Dawn Butler

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I would like to thank the Minister for sight of her statement. Unfortunately I have not really had time to read it as it was given to me so late—not very sisterly, but never mind. I was hoping that the Minister was going to make an announcement today that the Government were going to issue an official apology to the women of the suffragette movement or maybe a pardon for those who were...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Dawn Butler: I am afraid it is true. I do not want to get into, “Our one’s bigger than your one,” but Labour has more female MPs than all the political parties put together. This Government talk about their commitment to equality, but in reality, the only thing they are committed to is making announcements without action. It is true that the entire process of the grants has been...

Women and Equalities: Budget Gender Impact Analysis (11 Jan 2018)

Dawn Butler: I finally received a letter from the Government Equalities Office in regards to an equality impact assessment. If, as the Minister has just stated, the impact assessment was carried out, it would have shown that 86% of the Government cuts would have fallen on women. Why then did the Government continue with these damaging policies?

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Dawn Butler: I, too, welcome the additional burden put on the Minister in her new role, and thank the former Minister for her work. On 26 August 2016, the Prime Minister began her PR exercise on the race disparity audit. On 10 October 2017, the Government released the data. This week, as chair of the all-party parliamentary group for governance and inclusive leadership, I launched the Investing in...

NHS Winter Crisis: Office for Students: Appointment (8 Jan 2018)

Dawn Butler: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Education to make a statement on the appointment of Toby Young to the board of the Office for Students.

NHS Winter Crisis: Office for Students: Appointment (8 Jan 2018)

Dawn Butler: It is not lost on me that I am up against one of the Johnson brothers and asking questions about one of their mates. Mr Speaker, “Violent, sexist and homophobic language must have no place in our society, and parliamentarians of all parties have a duty to stamp out this sort of behaviour wherever we encounter it, and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.” Those are the words...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: The Minister referred to distributional analyses. The distributional analysis carried out by the IFS, the non-gendered and gendered analyses of the Women’s Budget Group, and others, such as those carried out using the Euromod tax-benefit model for EU countries, all share the same characteristic: they are static. The exact same method is adopted by the Treasury itself when it assesses...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: Before the hon. Gentleman responds, will he give way again?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: I am sure that the hon. Members around the hon. Gentleman are trying to get him to stop talking, but Labour Members do not mind. It is actually nice to see you go through your journey of trying to put the pieces together and understand the problems we are talking about. You cannot justify any of your statements because you have no data.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: My apologies, Mr Owen. I am getting carried away in my enthusiasm to try to educate the hon. Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Bim Afolami). The Government cannot justify anything you are saying, because you have no data to back it up. We are having to rely on data from voluntary groups and charities, which do an amazing job of crunching the numbers and looking at the intersectionality of...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes a powerful statement, and it points to the crux of the new clauses: if the Government would only do impact assessments even as the policy goes forward, they would be able to say, “Okay, this isn’t working: it’s hurting; it’s damaging people. Let’s do something different.” But, in their arrogance, they refuse to do that. The...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: New clause 6 stands in the name of my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition and those of other Members on both sides of the House. The aim of both new clauses is basically to help the Government. We want them to set an example to every Department and public sector organisation by fulfilling their own obligation under the public sector equality duty and publishing a meaningful...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: My hon. Friend is right: I will indeed come to that issue. As we approach Christmas, I ask the Minister to consider the impact that the Government’s policies are currently having. More than 128,000 children will be in temporary accommodation over Christmas, women’s refuges—as my hon. Friend has just said—are in crisis, and universal credit will leave people penniless...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: It is not nonsense. I challenge the Minister to sit in one of my surgeries and hear that it is not nonsense. The Government have made £28 billion-worth of cuts affecting 3.7 million disabled people, and the additional caring responsibilities have fallen on the shoulders of women. It is the same with the cuts in social services—women take up the slack—and the pay cap, which...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: Besides my being offended by the use of the term “miracle”, which does not describe anything that the hon. Lady has described, I want to say that many businesses are not investing due to Brexit. Are zero-hours contracts included in her “miracle”?

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma, and to contribute to the debate. As I have previously stated, 51% of the population are women, and the other 49% would not be here if it was not for the women, so arguing for 50:50 representation in Parliament is really quite reasonable. I am quite disappointed that the Government have not accepted any of the recommendations...

[Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: The whole system is substantially flawed in how it counts the number of constituents, because it takes into consideration only people who are registered to vote, and not everybody who actually lives in the constituency. The right hon. Lady will find that constituencies such as mine—a London constituency—have a substantial number of constituents who are not registered. The whole...

[Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Dawn Butler: It is a fact that we have two police and crime commissioners who are women in the Labour party. We could do better in regard to elected Mayors, but the need to do better does not negate the fact that we are doing better than the Conservative party, the Lib Dems or any other party. I concede that we need to do better, can do better and must do better, but that does not in any way negate what...


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