Results 1–20 of 2716 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Gwynne

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Funding (30 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: I echo your lovely words of condolence to the family of Michael Martin, Mr Speaker. I welcome the right hon. Gentleman’s reappointment to Cabinet. He has two shadow Secretaries of State to contend with, and I look forward to working with him and holding him and his Ministers to account on all things communities and local government. His appointment should bring a fresh approach to the...

School Funding: Social Care (25 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: I fully appreciate the Minister’s point that we can only spend the money that we raise from taxes, but this is a question of priorities. Why did she vote for a £5 billion cut to the bank levy in the Budget? Is that not the wrong priority?

School Funding: Social Care (25 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: We have had a very wide-ranging debate with 16 Back-Bench contributions. I pay tribute to my hon. Friends the Members for Redcar (Anna Turley), for Luton North (Kelvin Hopkins), for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury), for Leicester West (Liz Kendall), for Blaydon (Liz Twist), for Warrington South (Faisal Rashid), for Keighley (John Grogan), for Stretford and Urmston (Kate Green), for Crewe and...

School Funding: Social Care (25 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: The Government need to decide their position, but there are examples across the world of how adult social care can be funded. We need to make sure we get a system that works for England. I also pay tribute to the workforce and carers. They do not just need platitudes from us in the House; they need the Government and politicians on their side. This is the second time we have had to call an...

School Funding: Social Care (25 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: No, I will not. Well, I will, because it is the hon. Lady’s local council.

School Funding: Social Care (25 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for providing me with a nice segue. On Monday, Paul Robinson, the chief executive of her council—Tory Worcestershire County Council—said that “there comes a point where cost-cutting can’t go any further—there has to be a solution”. He is right too, but we have yet to hear a Minister even acknowledge that this crisis in social...

Windrush: Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill (23 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: I wish you a happy St George’s day, Madam Deputy Speaker, on England’s national day. To my dad, if he is listening, I say happy birthday. So riveting and compelling were the opening speeches from both Front Benches on this three-clause Bill—one of which is the short title—that the Benches filled and the interventions flowed. I thank the hon. Member for Harrow East...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: This week, we have been reminded of some of the darkest days in human history as we commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. More than 120,000 Jewish people were transported to Belsen, a high proportion of whom were children. One of those children was Anne Frank, the very person the Secretary of State quoted earlier. She died with her family only weeks before the...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and speed is obviously of the essence. We cannot allow any allegations of anti-Semitism to be kept on the back burner. Where there is an allegation of anti-Semitism, we must not only call it out but root it out.

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: I should like to make a little more progress. As the Secretary of State said, the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism, and we have written our outright opposition to anti-Semitism into our own party rules. In the light of recent events, however, I acknowledge that much, much...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: Hold on. No political party has a monopoly on vice or virtue, but we will put our house in order. Let me be clear today that if anyone is denying the reality of anti-Semitism on the left, they are not doing so with the endorsement of the Labour party or its leader. Prejudice against and hatred of Jewish people have no place whatsoever in society, and every one of us has a responsibility to...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: The hon. Gentleman knows that due process is going on and, as I have already said, the procedure needs to be speeded up. I am not going to get into politicking, and there has been some borderline politicking, but there are issues to resolve on both sides of the House. For example, there has been a complaint about the Conservative leader of Lancashire County Council in relation to anti-Semitic...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: My hon. Friend makes his views very clear. I do not share Mr Livingstone’s views, which are abhorrent, and the Labour party will go through the processes that are well applied to each and every member of the Labour party. That needs to be done far more quickly, but it needs to happen as it would for any member.

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: I will not give way as I want to make some progress, because many Members want to speak. As we have heard, this year’s CST report found that hate incidents have reached a record level in the UK, including a 34% increase in the number of violent anti-Semitic assaults. In last year’s statistics, where it could be determined, 63% of incidents were described as being far right in...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. The holocaust was a dreadful chapter in our world’s history. It happened, and we should never ever forget what happened during those very, very dark days. Those who deny that the holocaust happened need to be called out at every opportunity. They are wrong, and the deeply wrong and deeply hurtful views they spread have no place in a modern...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: Absolutely. As I said earlier, anybody who denies that anti-Semitism exists on the left is not living in the real world. We on the left have a duty to call it out, to root it out and to challenge it every step of the way. So I do want the Government to act more strenuously with social media platforms to ensure that these abhorrent views are removed, and removed quickly. As the Secretary of...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: And where it is clearly a cover for anti-Semitism, we have to call that out—let us be clear about that. But criticism of the Israeli Government, just like criticism of the British Government, is absolutely crucial, because that is part of our democratic process. Those who cross this distinction have no role to play in the struggle to put an end to anti-Jewish oppression within the...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: I will not now, as I need to draw my remarks to a close. That peace will only come through engagement and deep mutual recognition between the two peoples—a recognition of Palestinians’ struggle for freedom and human dignity; and of the centuries of attempts by the Jewish people to flee forced conversion, violence and expulsion. Jewish oppression affects all Jews, in all economic...

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Given the unanimous view of the House to accept Labour’s motion on local government funding, and given that the motion ends with “and further calls on the Government to report to the House by Oral Statement and written report before 19 April 2018 on what steps it is taking to comply with this resolution”, that is the clear view...

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Andrew Gwynne: I beg to move, That this House believes that local government has severely suffered as a result of almost eight years of brutal and devastating cuts; notes with concern that the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that between 2010 and 2020 local government will have had direct funding cut by 79 per cent; is concerned that the top ten most deprived councils in England are set to see cuts...


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