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Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Jo Swinson: It is a great pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert), who made a powerful speech to which I hope his Front-Bench colleagues were listening. It is hugely encouraging to hear so many Conservative voices speak out in favour of more transparency than is already being implemented. I hope it is a sign that this House has a centre of gravity for...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Jo Swinson: I absolutely agree. There is no need for any further procrastination. Officials clearly ought to have been looking at this issue since the promise was made at the anti-corruption summit 2016, and it was expected that something would be ready in time for this year. Even if a draft Bill is being considered for the summer—I recognise that parliamentary time is sometimes a constraint on the...

Aid Sector: Safeguarding (20 Feb 2018)

Jo Swinson: I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement, her actions on the horrific events and her assurance that the Government’s commitment to helping the world’s poorest is undimmed. This is not only a charity sector problem, a parliamentary problem, or a Hollywood problem; it is a pervasive, persistent problem across sectors, society and the world. Vulnerable people—mostly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: New Channel Link (20 Feb 2018)

Jo Swinson: I am generally in favour of building bridges rather than walls, but may I urge the Foreign Secretary, instead of indulging in fantasy engineering projects, to focus on the important work, which he just mentioned, of building metaphorical bridges with nations that share our values, such as France and other European neighbours, in order to prevent Brexit Britain from becoming isolated and...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Jo Swinson: A hundred years on from the first women winning the chance to vote, power in our society is still predominantly and disproportionately in the hands of men. We are a long way from equal power. Government and legislation have an important role to play, but there is also a wider task for all of us to unpick the sexism and the gendered assumptions that are woven right through our culture. Does...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Executive Pay (30 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: Hardworking people on ordinary incomes are understandably angry at the way executive pay has skyrocketed at a time when ordinary wages have remained flat. When can we expect to see these regulations that the Minister is talking about on publication of pay ratios, and can he confirm that this requirement will be in place for companies by June, as promised?

Presidents Club Charity Dinner (24 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: The outstanding journalism of Madison Marriage at the Financial Times shines a spotlight on a real problem in our society. Some men, especially the rich and powerful, feel entitled to women, view their bodies as playthings and think that the lecherous pawing and groping of women is acceptable behaviour. That a charity is prepared to facilitate that behaviour as long as wealthy men are opening...

Ethics and Artificial Intelligence (17 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: The Minister has mentioned the centre for data ethics. Can she update us on when it is likely to be up and running, what the timetable is for recruiting the chair and so on? It would be helpful to know when we can expect that.

Ethics and Artificial Intelligence (17 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: I beg to move, That this House has considered ethics and artificial intelligence. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Dame Cheryl. I welcome the Minister to her new role, following the reshuffle last week. She leaves what was also a wonderful role in Government—I can say that from personal experience—but I am sure that she will find the challenges of this portfolio...

Ethics and Artificial Intelligence (17 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: The hon. Gentleman is quite right to raise that concern, because that goes to the heart of the issue, particularly when risk data is presented as incontrovertible fact and is relied on for the decision. It is absolutely essential that those decisions can be interrogated and understood, and that any bias is identified. That is why ethics must be at the heart of this whole issue, even before...

Ethics and Artificial Intelligence (17 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: I entirely concur; one of the long-standing rules of computer programming is “garbage in, garbage out”. That holds true here. Again, that is why transparency about what goes in is so important. I hope that the Minister will tell us what regulations are being considered to ensure that AI systems are designed in a way that is transparent, so that somebody can be held accountable,...

Ethics and Artificial Intelligence (17 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: The hon. Gentleman, who is a fellow representative from Scotland, pre-empts the next section of my speech. We need to develop good standards across the whole United Kingdom, but this issue in many ways transcends national boundaries. We must develop international consensus about how to deal with it, and I hope the UK takes a leading role in that. Parliament has started to look at the issue in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces: Mental Health Support (15 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: What steps his Department is taking to improve mental health support for members of the armed forces.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces: Mental Health Support (15 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: I thank the Minister for that reply. A recent report found that just 31% of our armed forces personnel and veterans with recent mental health problems had accessed a mental health specialist. Does he agree that the high rates of medical discharge among UK personnel might prevent people from seeking help for fear it might end their career? What will the Government do to encourage service...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Armed Conflicts: Heritage, Minorities and Human Rights (9 Jan 2018)

Jo Swinson: The crackdown by the Myanmar military continues to have dire consequences for the human rights of the Rohingya population, and Myanmar has now cut off all co-operation with the United Nations special rapporteur. While the strong stance taken by the General Assembly is a positive development, dissent from China, Russia and some other countries is preventing the adoption of a united...

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Jo Swinson: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on securing the debate. We are not talking just about a few Twitter or Facebook accounts with no picture avatar and 10 followers. The David Jones account had more than 100,000 followers and was listed as one of the most influential Twitter accounts during the last general election. It purports to be from Southampton, yet it tweets exclusively in office...

Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (21 Dec 2017)

Jo Swinson: I thank the Leader of the House for her statement and praise her diplomacy. What she has announced is fine as far as it goes, but she knows that we urgently need to make more progress. Many of us on the working group, including some very assiduous members who cannot be here today, are disappointed and frustrated that we are not further forward. She is right to say that change is hard, but...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Taylor Review (12 Dec 2017)

Jo Swinson: I welcomed last week the Government’s latest round of naming and shaming employers that have failed to pay the minimum wage—an area where state enforcement has actually had some success—so I urge the Minister to respond positively to the Taylor review’s recommendation that state enforcement of employment rights should be enhanced beyond just the minimum wage.

Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

Jo Swinson: Trump’s rash desperation to tick off every ill-judged, divisive campaign soundbite now threatens the peace process in one of the most volatile geopolitical regions in the world. The Government have welcomed his words about a two-state solution, but those pronouncements count for little when his actions, coupled with the expansion of Israeli illegal settlements, mean that the prospect of...


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