Results 161–180 of 542 for speaker:Lord Sheikh

Arms Sales: Saudi Arabia — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I appreciate that we are friends of Saudi Arabia but I am very concerned about what is happening in Yemen. Can my noble friend tell us whether we are taking any active role in achieving peace in Yemen? What is happening there is a great concern to everybody.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — Motion to Take Note (17 Dec 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I also congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Luce, on initiating the debate. I will use my limited time to focus on the need to build our overseas trade relationships. There is great demand across the world for the establishment of regional trade agreements to help individual economies without putting sovereignty at risk. The Commonwealth is essentially a ready-made trading network. It...

Counterterrorism: Communities — Question for Short Debate (26 Nov 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Mobarik for initiating this very important debate. I have met and spoken with many people across the Muslim community in recent months, and subsequently prepared a detailed report setting out various issues affecting the Muslim community and suggesting appropriate action to be taken. The report has been sent to my noble friend the Minister as well as my...

Bilateral Trade: United Kingdom and Africa — Question for Short Debate (11 Nov 2015)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage more bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and African countries.

Bilateral Trade: United Kingdom and Africa — Question for Short Debate (11 Nov 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to bring this important subject before your Lordships’ House, and thank all noble Lords who are taking part in this debate. The African continent holds a very special place in my heart. I was born in Kenya and spent my formative years in Uganda. During my lifetime I have travelled to many African countries in both a personal and a professional...

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: Does my noble friend appreciate that there are certain women who obtain a decree absolute but who may not wish to remarry unless they can get a talaq? We need sharia councils so that women can approach them for a talaq.

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: Does the noble Lord feel that it is for the community to take remedial action? This is how I feel and I would like his views on it.

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: Does the noble Lord appreciate that these are not sharia courts; they are sharia councils and they do not have any legal effect?

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I say at the outset that I have met and spoken to many people across the Muslim community in recent weeks concerning the Private Member’s Bill. It should be noted that the Bill does not name any religion. However, there is widespread concern that it seeks to demonise Muslims in particular by giving an incorrect impression of our values. First and foremost, it must be appreciated...

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: No. Under sharia law he does not have to do that. If sharia councils make unfair decisions, these must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. I feel that there must be a mechanism to deal with such cases and that we should put in place an appeals procedure.

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: It depends on what the noble Baroness means by discrimination.

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: That might be amusing to the noble Baroness but it is not amusing to me.

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: I will continue. In the same way as sharia councils cannot claim to make legally binding decisions, some religious decisions have no place in English law. In any case, mainstream courts are not able to deal with matters of religious custom. If Muslims or those from any other religious group wish to undertake mediation or even arbitration according to a set of religious principles, they should...

European Union Referendum Bill — Second Reading (Continued) (13 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am wholeheartedly in favour of giving the British people a say about our relationship with the European Union. People can then decide what will be in the best interests of our country and the integrity of the resulting decision cannot be questioned. The last time this happened was 40 years ago. When you think of how much has changed, not just in our relationship with Europe but in...

Enterprise Bill [HL]: Second Reading (Continued) (12 Oct 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I speak as a businessman and as somebody who has employed many people through several business ventures. My business interests have related to insurance, financial services and property. I have spoken many times in your Lordships’ House and elsewhere on the importance of supporting small businesses. I am a great supporter of SMEs and in my business life have rendered them support,...

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased to have the chance to speak in this debate and to comment on the Chancellor’s Budget Statement. We are already seeing the benefits of a strong majority Government, just a couple of months into the new Parliament. Our growth is better than that of any other major advanced economy. We have created 2 million new jobs in the private sector. I look forward to seeing the...

Freedom of Religion and Belief — Motion to Take Note (16 Jul 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I speak today as a Muslim. I also speak as somebody who cherishes the role that all faiths and communities play. I undertake a lot of work with other religious groups. I am a patron of several Muslim and non-Muslim organisations that promote religious harmony. Our respective religions teach us valuable lessons in morality, help us interpret the world around us and give us guidance...

Ethnic Minorities — Question for Short Debate (6 Jul 2015)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I recently spoke in your Lordships’ House on issues currently facing British Muslim communities following Her Majesty’s most gracious Speech. I briefly touched on the positive contributions made by Muslims in the United Kingdom. I shall expand on this. I am chairman of four companies. I am also the president of the Conservative Muslim Forum and have been involved extensively in...

Ethnic Minorities — Question for Short Debate (6 Jul 2015)

Lord Sheikh: Before the noble Baroness sits down, where does she get the information that women are not allowed in mosques?


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