Results 3681–3694 of 3694 for speaker:Nick Clegg

European Union (30 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: It is indeed. I am grateful to the Foreign Secretary for the advance notice of the statement on the White Paper, much of which the Liberal Democrats agree with, as we did with large segments of the Prime Minister's widely reported speech to the European Parliament. However, as has been said before, in the European Union the trick is always to translate words into action. The EU has long been...

Inter-Parliamentary Union (16 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: It is a privilege to follow so many other hon. Members with more experience and expertise than I have about the work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in this second annual debate on the subject. The timing of the debate is perhaps more appropriate than it might at first seem. On a day when, judging by the news reports this morning, the British and French Governments are at each other's...

European Affairs (15 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: The right hon. Gentleman is offering a plausible and principled case for getting rid of the EU's superfluous power and concentrating on its core business. However, voters in France rejected the constitution for being too minimal and Anglo-Saxon. Would not renegotiation of that text give rise to a document even more shrunken than the one already rejected by French voters?

Human Rights (Burma) (15 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: I join in thanking and congratulating Mr. Bercow on securing this debate, and on speaking with his trademark fluency, compassion and sincerity. There is no other subject that merits those qualities more than the subject that we are debating today. Since Mr. Carmichael has stolen two of my minutes already, I am conscious that I must be brief. I shall focus on two issues: first, the personal...

Human Rights (Burma) (15 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: I apologise. The letter stated that when Aung San Suu Kyi was questioned about her detention in an interview, she replied that she had never considered herself a prisoner and—pointing to her head—explained that she had always been free here, in her head. That statement and many others confirm that she can stand alongside many of the other great icons of freedom—Martin Luther King,...

Human Rights (Burma) (15 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: Indeed it is, and in almost every statement that is published about her views, Aung San Suu Kyi repeats that her plight and her conditions are as nothing compared with those of others who have fought alongside her. My objective was to stress that in our public debates and in the battle for the hearts and minds of decision makers and voters everywhere, it is important to personalise the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Electoral Reform (Africa) (15 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government have made to the Tanzanian Government in relation to ensuring peaceful, fair and transparent elections to both Tanzanian assemblies in October.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Electoral Reform (Africa) (15 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations the Government have made to the Government in Cote D'Ivoire in relation to (a) respecting its commitments fully to implement the provisions of the Pretoria Agreement and (b) ensuring the elections in October are free from intimidation, fair and transparent.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Electoral Reform (Africa) (15 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning (a) the constitutional reform process, (b) the next phase of the transition arrangements and (c) ensuring that the forthcoming referendum, presidential and legislative elections are transparent, free and fair.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Electoral Reform (Africa) (15 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Uganda concerning (a) the proposed constitutional reforms dealing with removing limits on multi-party politics and presidential terms and (b) ensuring that the forthcoming referendum, presidential and legislative elections are transparent, free and fair.

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: I agree with the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Angela Browning) that a fork in the road presents itself to us. I am not sure that I agree with her conclusion about where we should go when we encounter that fork. It is obvious that the overwhelming no votes in France and the Netherlands present us with a moment of crisis in a long history of crises in the development of the European...

EU Constitution (8 Jun 2005)

Nick Clegg: We supported both proposals. If we are going to trade blows over the European Union we need honesty and consistency. Both, however, have been lacking so far. Perhaps we should exploit the pause in the process by revisiting the well-established myths that have taken root in the domestic British debate about the EU. I have been struck by the number of times that it has been alluded to as if it...

Health and Education (24 May 2005)

Nick Clegg: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for giving me this opportunity to make my maiden speech, which I do with what I hope is forgivable trepidation and some jangling of nerves, emotions that are only made more acute by the excellent fluency of the maiden speech by the hon. Member for Dundee, West (Mr. McGovern). I like to think that at least I will make this maiden speech with greater confidence,...

Health and Education (24 May 2005)

Nick Clegg: My hon. Friend might have difficulty in his constituency, but we in Sheffield, Hallam organise ourselves efficiently. I was encouraged to see the number of people who waved at us and gesticulated at us—[Laughter.]—with their thumbs up, I hasten to add. My joy at seeing that was only slightly dented by the realisation that all the salutations were directed specifically at Richard Allan,...


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