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Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

Emily Thornberry: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the implications of President Trump’s decision to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

Emily Thornberry: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question, and I welcome the opening remarks from the Minister of State. For all of us in this House and beyond who have worked tirelessly for decades in the hope of lasting peace in the middle east, yesterday’s decision was an absolute hammer blow to those hopes. There is a reason that, before yesterday, no other country would locate its...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: I wonder whether the Minister could clarify something that has always genuinely confused me about the role of the military in Saudi Arabia. Is there just one targeting centre, or is it correct that there is another in the south? Are military personnel involved in the south of the country? Indeed, are people from British companies, BAE Systems in particular, involved in the south of the...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: Will the Minister give way?

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for indulging me one more time. I understand that some of the information may be sensitive, but are the British Government in a position to share the information that makes them so confident that there have been no breaches of international humanitarian law? The UN panel of experts seems to have come to a different conclusion.

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: I am grateful to Mr Speaker for granting the debate, and I congratulate the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell) on securing it. His speech was nothing less than a tour de force, and I congratulate him on that as well—and I mean it. We are talking about what has been widely recognised to be the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, and it is threatening to become...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: However we got here, it cannot be made better by there being a blockade and millions of starving children. It is my view—and I believe the view of this House—that the blockade should be lifted and that we must find a peace process and a way of moving the sides apart to allow these children to survive over the winter. When a tactic of surrender or survive was used by President...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: My right hon. Friend is right: warm words butter no parsnips, as my grandmother used to say. Matthew Rycroft says now that “the political track…is at a dead-end. There is no meaningful political process going on”. If we are wrong about that, we would be very grateful for some reassurance from the Minister, but we have been waiting and waiting, and children are dying, and we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: Let me join the First Secretary of State in congratulating the RAF on its anniversary, and in congratulating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement—that is one Anglo-American couple that we in the Opposition will be delighted to see holding hands. I am sure that Prince Harry, as the patron of Rugby League, will be joining all of us in supporting the England team in the world...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: The First Secretary of State looked rather perturbed at my line of questioning, but he does not need to worry; I really am not going there. I was merely wondering whether he remembered the question he asked at Prime Minister’s questions almost 17 years ago, when John Prescott stood in for Tony Blair, and whether he could answer the same question today. The question was this: “what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that response, but since he failed to answer my original question, I will do it for him. According to the Government’s latest figures, more than 40% of newly recruited nurses are leaving full-time employment within their first year. It is not just new recruits who are quitting; the overall number of NHS nurses and health visitors is down by 1,500...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: I hate to break it to the First Secretary, but there are more nurses in the NHS than just those working in emergency and acute wards, including district nurses, the number of whom has halved under the Tories. And guess who picks up the slack if those nurses are not there? It is nurses in emergency and acute care. I asked why so many nurses were leaving the vocation they loved. According to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: I notice that the First Secretary did not want to talk about patient care at his local hospital. Could the reason be that his local accident and emergency department, according to the board’s most recent minutes, has “Severe staff shortages in medical and nursing staff”, meaning that patient safety is being put at risk, and the only option to tackle those shortages is to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: I suspect that neither the nation nor the First Secretary’s own constituents will have taken any reassurances from that answer. We have an NHS in the grip of a chronic funding and staffing crisis: GPs are quitting in record numbers; junior doctors are running A&E departments without supervision; our nurses are at breaking point—and all this is before the winter crisis that is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: What are you doing, then?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: I am delighted to join the Foreign Secretary in congratulating Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle on their forthcoming marriage. However, I was disappointed that the Foreign Secretary did not feel it appropriate to acknowledge a recent sad event. I want to ensure that all of us in the House join in sending our thoughts to the families of all of the hundreds killed, including 27 children,...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: Of course I welcome that, but I am concerned that we still have no answer from the Government on what will happen to the European body that currently regulates pharmaceutical trade across Europe. With no answer on that, it is difficult to be able to look at a long-term plan in that regard. I was talking about the mess. We saw that mess last week in the Office for Budget Responsibility’s...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: I will of course give way to the right hon. Gentleman, but I wonder whether we could do it this way: if he has a question for me, I have a question for him. Of the 32 taxes listed in the Red Book’s table of current receipts, which one is forecast to take in less money year on year over the next six years?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: It is such a shame that during those 20 seconds or so the right hon. Gentleman did not answer the question. The answer is on page 82 of the Red Book—[Interruption.]

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Emily Thornberry: The table on page 82 shows that only one of the 32 taxes listed will fall, and that is the bank levy. That tells us all we need to know about the Government’s priorities in the Budget. As for what the Government’s plans are and what they are doing to the country, let me turn to the substance of the Budget and today’s theme of global Britain. In recent years the Treasury has...


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