Results 1–20 of 226 for speaker:Lord Sentamu

Sudan - Statement (26 Apr 2023)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, what are the Government doing with our international allies on the situation that has arisen whereby people who were waiting to face an international war crimes court have escaped from prison—in particular, the guy who led most of the massacre in Kordofan? The prison has been overrun and they were seen rejoicing that they were going to escape justice. What are we doing with our...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Report: Amendment 4 (26 Apr 2023)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, why did trade unions come about? Because there were bosses who would pick off one person after another to undermine the workforce. This amendment says that it is worth protecting this principle. We will bring back chaos if the Bill allows an employer to say to an individual who has not been given a notice that they have breached their contract. Of course, collective bargaining, at...

Oil Spill: Poole Harbour - Commons Urgent Question (29 Mar 2023)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I chair the Bayelsa State Oil & Environmental Commission, which has been in operation for nearly three and a half years. The greatest pollution in the world is in the Niger Delta, and part of the problem is that some of the oil pipes are 50 years old. Recently, one of the pipes burst and had to be renewed, because if you do not replace them, you are sitting on a timebomb. I am very...

Public Order Bill - Commons Amendments and Reason: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (28 Mar 2023)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I stand only to amplify what the noble Lord, Lord Coaker, has said. Anybody who reads the Baroness Casey Review: Final Report will find it a great shock. The noble Lord, Lord Coaker, has tried to put her words very simply. Paragraph 10 in one of her recommendations says: “The use of stop and search in London by the Met needs a fundamental reset.” We cannot simply go back and...

Public Order Bill - Commons Amendments and Reasons: Motion B1 (as an amendment to Motion B) (14 Mar 2023)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I declare an interest because I am going to follow the noble Lord in talking about young people. I am the president of the YMCA. A lot of those young people would have been caught up in the language the noble Lord referred to. I find it extraordinary. When I was Bishop of Stepney, I was stopped and searched. The police officer who stopped me and searched my car asked me who I was....

Lindisfarne Highly Protected Marine Conservation Area - Question (28 Feb 2023)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I declare an interest in that the word “Lindisfarne” appears in my title. When this marine area was proposed, which would have caused a lot of the difficulty that the noble Lord, Lord Beith, talked about, he and I and the vicar of Lindisfarne consulted the people extensively. I was quite surprised that some locals thought that, by taking the title Baron Sentamu of Lindisfarne...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Organ and Tissue Donation) Bill - Second Reading (27 Feb 2023)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I have just returned from Sierra Leone as chair of Christian Aid to see what this country has achieved there. People there speak with great affection of the actions taken by the UK Government to restore peace—at an absolutely awful time, when people’s hands were being chopped off. Sierra Leone is to go through a general election. Already, there are a lot of fears, but I hope...

Vulnerable Teenagers - Motion to Take Note (26 Jan 2023)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Armstrong, on securing this debate. I associate myself with all the wonderful, powerful speeches that your Lordships have made. On New Year’s Day 2003, Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare were shot dead by members of a gang. A huge rally at Aston Villa’s football ground was called. They cried out, “Enough is enough. Not another drop...

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 19 (12 Dec 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, when I practised law before I started practising law and grace together, I was of the view that any lawyer enshrines into legislation an agreed public policy. Here, the public policy in Amendment 19 to Clause 3 is that really, if you are to develop these organisms, they must be “for or in connection with one or more of the following purposes”. The purposes are explained. The...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (23 Nov 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I apologise for not putting my name down to speak. Having listened to the whole debate, I thought it would be good for your Lordships’ House if I gave a very short contribution, inspired by South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The President of South Africa’s address to us yesterday gave me the confidence to contribute briefly to this debate. First, I...

Counsellors of State Bill [HL] - Committee: Amendment 2 (23 Nov 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I also apologise for not being here on Monday; I had to handle some serious matters in Berwick. Yes, the constitutional monarch has consulted, and this House considered this at Second Reading and agreed the terms as in the legislation. So there is no question of the supremacy of Parliament not being recognised. The suggestion of the noble Lord, Lord Berkeley, is almost like rubbing...

50th Anniversary of the Expulsion of Asians from Uganda - Motion to Take Note (27 Oct 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former president of Makerere University Students Association. Together with the then president of Makerere University Students’ Guild, Olara Otunnu, we opposed President Idi Amin Dada’s decree of 4 August 1972 to expel within 90 days Asians who were Ugandan citizens and pleaded with him to observe international law and obligations regarding Asian...

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Tributes (Continued) (10 Sep 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I was three years old when, in a little village in Uganda called Masooli, we all gathered round a very small transistor radio and listened to the broadcast from the abbey of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. From then on in every school in Uganda on Empire Day we sang “God save the Queen”. We continue to do it; some still do it now. I stand here as somebody who is quite...

CHOGM, G7 and NATO Summits - Statement ( 4 Jul 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for the Statement, which has a lot of hope and a lot of challenges in it. I chair the board of Christian Aid, which has been working hard in Ukraine ensuring that incubators are provided, because two hospitals were destroyed, and there have been a lot of miscarriages and premature births taking place. We thank the Government for the disaster aid that has...

UK Infrastructure Bank Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 13 ( 4 Jul 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I have been in your Lordships’ House since 2005 and one of the things that has always surprised me, having come from another part of the Commonwealth, is the way in which secondary legislation—statutory instruments and regulations—has grown like Topsy. Secretary of States are always accountable to Parliament and, if you give power away, some people never want it to be brought...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (18 May 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, my contribution to this debate on the Queen’s Speech is on foreign affairs and defence. I declare an interest as chair of Christian Aid. Why am I speaking about foreign affairs to begin with? Given Her Majesty’s Government’s policy paper, published on Monday, on their strategy and new approach to international development, which I welcome, I could not but comment on what is...

St George’s Hospital: Patient Deaths - Question (18 May 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, the murder of Stephen Lawrence really caused a lot of trouble. The Met had a review and another review—and another review. The last person to do an apparently thorough review, Sir William Macpherson, turned up at the inquiry and said, “Your evidence is so awful we cannot listen to it any more.” Kent Constabulary carried out a review, but it did not uncover all the stuff that...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation etc.) (Revocation) (England) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (17 Mar 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, as I said in this House on Monday, I had to stay at home for seven days because I had a very bad chest cough, a bad cold and a lot of catarrh. I tested myself and the test was negative. Those bad symptoms continued for nearly six days and I tested myself every other day. It was very clear that I had a sudden form of flu, but its effects on me were quite strong. I was encouraged...

Health and Care Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 174 (16 Mar 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I was not going to speak, but I am driven to respond to what I have just heard. I first declare an interest as chair of Christian Aid, which works in some 29 countries, most of which have experienced what I call vaccine inequality. We constantly get letters urging us to try to help. As far as the British Government are concerned, in relation to some of those countries, the money...

Health and Care Bill - Report (4th Day) (Continued): Amendment 172 (16 Mar 2022)

Lord Sentamu: My Lords, I was patron of Martin House in York, which is one of the amazing hospices that care for children and their parents. I was invited by the parents of a nine year-old, who was having a very difficult and trying time, to talk to clinicians, because they did not think that they were being heard. As we talked, it became clear that that was not true: the clinicians were on the side of the...


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