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Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (12 Nov 2018)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I want to make some comments relating to the Muslim community in the United Kingdom. There are more than 3 million Muslims in the country, who have come here from different parts of the world. The population is youthful in comparison with other communities. Muslims have done well in every walk of life and contributed to the advancement and well-being of the country. Nearly all of...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (12 Nov 2018)

Lord Sheikh: These comments have been made to me in general. What I am trying to say to your Lordships’ House is what I have been told. When I go up and down the country and talk to people, I find disquiet and unhappiness about the strategy, so I feel that we need to undertake a review of it. There is to some extent a lack of transparency about the strategy which has led to mistrust and is affecting its...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (12 Nov 2018)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I will talk about the Prevent strategy in greater detail when we discuss Amendment 57. At this stage, I would like to say that there is disquiet among Muslims regarding the application of the Prevent strategy and it is felt that a review is necessary. The Home Office should gather and publish figures to see whether the strategy is disproportionately affecting any particular ethnic...

Armistice Day: Centenary - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Nov 2018)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, we all know that this year marks the centenary of the First World War Armistice. The centenary reminds us of the pivotal role that our Armed Forces have played in shaping our country’s history. This was a conflict that resulted in suffering on an unprecedented scale. I pay tribute to the contribution of Muslims during the First World War. The significant part played in the First...

Overseas Aid: Charities and Faith-based Organisations - Motion to Take Note (12 Jul 2018)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased to speak briefly in the gap. I begin by saying that I, with my close family and friends, have our own charity, which is entirely funded by us. In addition, I am a patron of two charities. Muslims all over the world believe in helping people who are less fortunate than ourselves. Muslims also believe that we have a moral duty to support charitable organisations through...

Safeguarding in the Aid Sector - Statement (20 Feb 2018)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I note that letters have been sent to charities which have received UK aid. I am a patron and supporter of a charity which is undertaking work in 12 countries. I had a long meeting with the trustees yesterday, and we decided to tighten and toughen our safeguards. My point is: could charities which have not received such aid be written to to ask them to tighten up? I am deeply...

Safeguarding in the Aid Sector - Statement (20 Feb 2018)

Lord Sheikh: Would my noble friend consider taking further action?

Russia - Question for Short Debate (29 Jan 2018)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the noble Viscount, Lord Waverley, for initiating the debate. I will specifically talk about the UK’s relations with Tatarstan and how we can strengthen our ties with it. Tatarstan is a semi-autonomous republic in Russia located in the centre of a large industrial region of the Russian Federation. I have been to Kazan, which is the capital of Tatarstan, and spent a few...

Islam: Tenets - Question (7 Dec 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I begin by expressing my disquiet and resentment at the wording of the Question for this debate. The noble Lord, Lord Pearson, has referred to Islamist terrorism. I feel that to use “Islamic” or “Islamist” relating to any form of terrorism is completely wrong. Islam is a religion of peace and does not allow any form of suicide attack or terrorist activity. A terrorist should...

Exports: Africa and the Commonwealth - Question for Short Debate (27 Nov 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Popat on securing this debate and on his excellent speech. I also welcome my noble friend the Minister to her new role on the Front Bench. I was born and brought up in east Africa. I am a strong supporter of the Commonwealth and the African countries. I have visited a number of countries overseas and know their ambassadors and high commissioners...

Bilateral Trade: Sudan - Question (16 Nov 2017)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and Sudan.

Bilateral Trade: Sudan - Question (16 Nov 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I declare that I co-chair the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sudan.

Bilateral Trade: Sudan - Question (16 Nov 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response. In the light of current preparations for Brexit, and given the US revocation of sanctions on Sudan, I hope that we can now consider Sudan as a valuable potential trade partner. What support are the FCO and the Department for International Trade rendering the UK-Sudan trade and investment forum to be held in London in December? What are the...

Sri Lanka - Question for Short Debate (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful to my noble friend Lord Naseby for bringing this important subject before your Lordships’ House. I am a friend of Sri Lanka. I have visited the country three times and met its leaders and other senior figures. I also enjoy a healthy long-standing relationship with its high commissioner in London. Here in Parliament, I am a vice-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (Continued) (26 Jun 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, Her Majesty’s most gracious Speech made clear this Government’s priority to ensure security and stability as we leave the European Union. Safeguarding jobs in our economy must be at the forefront of this. We must protect our position as a global economic powerhouse, but also reach out for new opportunities. A fundamental part of our economic success strength stems from bilateral...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am pleased to contribute to this important debate today. I thank my noble friend Lady Anelay for introducing the subject and congratulate her on the excellence of her speech. I have spoken previously in your Lordships’ House of my respect and admiration for the Commonwealth. Covering 52 countries, and a third of the world’s population, it is an enduring symbol of unity. The...

Higher Education and Research Bill - Report (3rd Day) (13 Mar 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am in favour of the amendments tabled by the noble Lord, Lord Sharkey. I declare my interest as co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance. The APPG has recently reformed and is now an active body. I am also a volunteer patron of the Islamic Finance Council. I have long-standing experience of financial services and a strong connection with the City of...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (9 Mar 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, I am grateful that your Lordships’ House is again acknowledging this important day. I welcome that we pay tribute to the achievements of so many women and continue to push for full and proper gender equality across the world. Women are the pillars of our families and communities. They have played invaluable roles in our history, including during the two world wars, yet they...

UK Exports - Question for Short Debate (8 Mar 2017)

Lord Sheikh: My Lords, following our vote to leave the European Union we have a chance to redefine and build our trading relationships across the world. We must therefore be devising and implementing rigorous strategies to increase our exports to other countries. I draw attention to the UK’s growing Islamic financial services industry and the opportunities it presents. Here, I declare an interest. I...

Bilateral Trade: Sri Lanka - Question (28 Feb 2017)

Lord Sheikh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of opportunities to enhance bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.


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