Results 1–20 of 533 for speaker:Lord Graham of Edmonton

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] — Report (20 Jul 2015)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, the Government’s housing policy is in a mess, and I speak of the problems being faced by a number of good people who have so far done well from legislation. The right to buy was approved by everyone who was interested in wanting to give people an opportunity to get their foot on the property ladder. However, I remind the House of what has happened. The right to buy carries with it...

Mental Health Services — Question for Short Debate (25 Jun 2015)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a pleasure and a privilege to take part in any debate in this House but I am very grateful to have put my name down to make a small contribution in this Short Debate. The House demonstrates the quality of its service to the nation when people are able to stand up from their own experiences and ideas to stimulate the Government and others into thinking again about how things...

Civil Society — Motion to Take Note (11 Jun 2015)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a pleasure and privilege to take part in this debate. I look at the Bishops and say, “You have done a good service to this House and to the bishoprics in general”. I read every word of the letter—I do not often do that—because there were so many little gems. The words were put together so well that they resonated with me. As I reflected on them, I made the decision...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 Mar 2015)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, I am pleased to have the opportunity of speaking in this debate. Having asked the Minister to note that I intend to speak on my pet subject of mobile homes and the attention paid to it by the Government, I confess to him that I will not be able to stay here until the end of the debate because I am not well. But I am obligated to make one or two points. I thought that there would be...

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 Mar 2015)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a pleasure once more to participate in what I call the Thursday debates. I have listened to all of them, and they all inspire me because I am old enough to look back over the years when the situation of recognition of women in any shape or form in running things in the country was far worse than it is now. I am one of those members of society who started to work before the...

National Infrastructure — Motion to Take Note (22 Jan 2015)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, I join many other noble Lords in congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Adonis, on securing this debate. It is impossible to do in four minutes what one wants to do in a debate of this kind but I congratulate the staff of the House of Lords Library who have produced an excellent note, full of facts and figures. I do not intend to knock previous programmes but to remind the House of...

Economic Leadership for Cities — Motion to Take Note (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: Yes, it was.

Economic Leadership for Cities — Motion to Take Note (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a joy and a pleasure to take part in this debate. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, on giving us the opportunity to talk about these issues. He and I share a pride in Newcastle, of course, and in particular in Newcastle United. My mind goes back to the 1920s, when I was born. One never loses the link with where one was born. You follow the history and activities of...

Women: Homelessness, Domestic Violence and Social Exclusion — Motion to Take Note (6 Nov 2014)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a joy and a pleasure to take part in this debate, and to join in the chorus of compliments that are being paid to my noble friend Lady King. She managed to compress a speech of 30 minutes’ length into 15, which I think is something of a record—but every minute that I heard, I said to myself, “Hear, hear”. If I was to be asked for my solutions to the problems that she...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, we have sat through the beginning of this debate and have been privileged to do so. This House is unique in many ways. Of course, the topic is very important, but I cannot detect a partisan view in any of the speeches. Strong views have been expressed and the speakers have good experience, but kindness, understanding and tolerance have been shown. So it is a privilege for me to take...

First World War — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2014)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: Is that a promise?

First World War — Motion to Take Note (25 Jun 2014)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a privilege to take part in this debate. We are all very privileged to reflect on what the words mean. I have been humble and proud to say to myself, “Wasn’t it marvellous to be here to listen to people talking about their reflections and experiences?”. My contribution goes something like this: 10 or 12 years ago we had a debate in the House of Lords in the Labour group....

Education: Social Mobility — Motion to Take Note (13 Mar 2014)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to make a contribution to the Thursday debate club because many, like me, look forward to the relaxed opportunity that we have of speaking without the Whip and about our own experience. If we are talking about social mobility, there is no better place to start than at the bottom. That is where I started on my social mobility. I was the eldest of five children,...

Children: Affordable Childcare — Motion to Take Note (9 Jan 2014)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a joy and a pleasure to follow the noble Baroness. Our Thursday debates are very precious to me because one hears more about the background of Members of this House—which, quite frankly, is a counterargument to those who talk disparagingly about the make-up of this House. I thoroughly enjoyed the last speech. When I reflect on all the speeches I have heard today, first, I...

Education: Contribution to Economic Growth — Motion to Take Note (5 Dec 2013)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to take part in this debate. I am fifteenth or sixteenth and I have not heard a contribution with which I have not agreed, at least in part—especially that of the noble Lord, Lord Storey, who struck so many chords with my life that I want to congratulate him on what he said. I have just two points to make from my experience. The best...

Housing: Impact on Child Development — Question for Short Debate (10 Oct 2013)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, first, I have to say how very sorry I am not to have my noble friend Lady King here with us today. There are obviously reasons but, relatively speaking, I have known her for a very long time. I will leave that pun for your Lordships to ponder. I want to congratulate the Library of this House which, in preparation for this debate, made available a document that was, substantially,...

Housing: Co-operative Housing — Motion to Take Note (10 Oct 2013)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: I know him.

Housing: Co-operative Housing — Motion to Take Note (10 Oct 2013)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a joy and a pleasure to take part in this debate—and, of course, to pay a warm tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Hanham, for all that she has done in local government and here, on the Front Bench and on the Back Benches, over many years. I am grateful to be able to pay that tribute to her, and also of course to welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Stowell—who is always known...

English Premier League Football — Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2013)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a joy and a pleasure to take part in this debate. Like everyone else, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bates, on securing this debate. It provides me with an opportunity to marry together two of my passions: football and the Co-op. I take myself back to a date in 1948 when I was standing at the general office counter of Newgate Street Co-op. It was dividend day, and paying...

Health and Social Care in England — Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2013)

Lord Graham of Edmonton: My Lords, it is a joy and a pleasure to be able to take part in this debate. I am a consumer, more so than those who have made speeches today who have impressed me with their foresight, warnings and good sense, and I am deeply grateful. I rise today to refer to an incident. An 88 year-old man who was partially disabled and partly immobile fell in his kitchen, and rang 999. That was at 5.30,...


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