Results 1–20 of 5304 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Philip Davies

Police: Financial Sustainability (12 Sep 2018)

Philip Davies: Policing should always be a spending priority for a Conservative Government. I have voted against cuts in police grants every year since their introduction in 2010. Our police are overstretched, and that is of increasing concern to many of our constituents. Is it not time that the Government broke the habit of a lifetime and did something popular? [Laughter.] Is it not time that they scrapped...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teachers’ Pay and School Budgets (10 Sep 2018)

Philip Davies: I have raised school budgets in my constituency, about which I am concerned, with the Minister on a number of occasions, and I thank him for spending the time to look into them. Although school budgets are increasing per pupil by a minuscule amount, it is clear that costs, of which teachers’ pay is only one, are going up much faster than the per pupil increase. What can he do to make...

Health and Social Care: Childhood Obesity (24 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: I know that the Secretary of State has a track record of evidence-free, nanny-state policies from his time in DCMS. Can we expect more of the same in his new Department, or is he going to try out some Conservative principles, such as individual freedom, and individual and parental responsibility?

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty: Pairing (23 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: As you will know, Mr Speaker, if I think that someone in Government should lose their job, I am not afraid to say so. As you might imagine, I, like my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg), have had my fair share of run-ins with the Chief Whip. However, I have always found him, even when we have fundamentally disagreed, to be a man of complete honour, of his word and...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (23 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: As the Secretary of State and the Minister for Housing know, I have requested that they call in a planning application passed by Bradford Council to build 500 houses on the green belt in Burley in Wharfedale in my constituency. Since then, Bradford Council has accepted that it does not need to build as many houses as it first thought and has actually allowed a building development in Bradford...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (16 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: I wonder whether the Home Secretary has decided to accept the suggested amendments that I made on Second Reading of the Offensive Weapons Bill, not least the one where, currently, the offence of threatening somebody with a knife applies only to public places. Does he agree that the offence of threatening with a knife should apply to everywhere it is done, including in private places as well?

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: I start by commending the hon. Member for Croydon North (Mr Reed) for his dedication to the Bill and, more importantly, for his dedication to his constituent Seni Lewis and his family, who have been through unimaginable tragedy. The hon. Gentleman’s campaign to highlight the issues that the Lewis family have faced and to create a positive change in mental health practices is admirable...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: I am very grateful to the Minister for that positive intervention, and we look forward to seeing that guidance when it is brought forward. On clause 5, I am also supportive of the focus on involving “patients in the planning, development and delivery of care and treatment”. I would have preferred to see that extended to the patient’s family, as was proposed by my hon. Friend...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: Absolutely. The hon. Gentleman is not alone in that, and nor is the autism community—I want the Bill to become law, too. If he had not intervened on me, we could have completed this a bit sooner. I assure him that this Third Reading will complete very soon. I certainly do not intend to go on for long today and I do not think anyone else does. We want to complete this as quickly as...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: Again, I am very grateful to the Minister for that and for her positive approach to ensuring that the points being raised here and that we raised on Report will be considered for the statutory guidance. We will therefore look forward to seeing it when it is published. Finally, I wish to refer to clause 12, which deals with video recording and specifically details the police use of body-worn...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. I cannot recall whether he was here on Report, but we went through this in some detail then and so I do not wish to test the patience of the House by going through it all again this morning. If he looks back at the transcripts of the debate, he might not be so confident in what he said. I think there is some doubt about this provision...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill (6 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: Again, I am extremely grateful for that and am pleased to hear it. To conclude, I reiterate my support for the Member for Croydon North with his private Member’s Bill. As I have said on a number of occasions, I support the core principles of the Bill, although I feel that there have been some missed opportunities to achieve fully the objectives he set out. I hope that his constituents,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Transport Infrastructure (5 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: I am extremely grateful to the Secretary of State for his interest in the Shipley eastern bypass and for coming to visit my constituency to see the route at first hand. Will he update me, the House and my constituents on the progress being made towards finally introducing a bypass?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (2 Jul 2018)

Philip Davies: The Secretary of State knows that I was not happy with the level of outreach support in Shipley when the jobcentre closed at the beginning of January—we speak of very little else, Mr Speaker. I am delighted that some extra support has now been given, but will my right hon. Friend ensure that a Jobcentre Plus outreach worker is available at a public venue on a regular basis to help...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Philip Davies: This is a substantial Bill that has been published only relatively recently. After today’s debate, I shall continue to look into some of the points that have been raised with me about the Bill, as clearly some need further investigation, particularly those in relation to guns, as we have heard from some of my hon. Friends. There is clearly a problem with violent crime, knife crime and...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Philip Davies: Where I am going is to make this point: somebody who had 14 previous knife offences and who was then convicted of another knife offence should be sent to prison. The hon. Lady might not agree with that—that is her prerogative—but she will find herself in a minority on that particular view. I hope the Minister will listen carefully to my next point. Serious offences with knives and...

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Philip Davies: Absolutely. I could not agree more with my hon. Friend.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Philip Davies: I will give way briefly to my right hon. Friend and then I will make some progress because I know that other people wish to speak.

Offensive Weapons Bill (27 Jun 2018)

Philip Davies: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. We hear very little in this place about people being punished for committed crimes, but there is nothing wrong with it. Again, on these kinds of issue, this House is completely out of touch with the general public in their views on law and order, sentencing and the criminal justice system, but my right hon. Friend, as usual, is not. I think that there...

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment: Childhood Obesity Strategy: Chapter 2 (25 Jun 2018)

Philip Davies: May I urge the Minister not to get into some nanny state, socialist claptrap arms race with the Opposition parties, which will never be satisfied, as we heard earlier from the shadow Secretary of State? May I remind the Minister that he is actually supposed to be a Conservative and urge him to think about this from a Conservative standpoint, which focuses on things like parental...


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