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Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Second Reading (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, this Bill could not have come to our House at a more tragic or inappropriate time. We debate it as the death toll in Israel and Palestine has passed 30,000, when more than 100 Israeli hostages remain in captivity, when more than 17,000 children in Gaza have no living parent, when most of Gaza is now uninhabitable and when Israel tragically finds itself before the ICJ defending...

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation - Question for Short Debate ( 8 Feb 2024)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I start by thanking my noble friends the Foreign Secretary and the Minister for their personal hard work in ensuring that they are doing everything they can to get aid into Gaza. But we still have a population being starved, a people on the brink of famine, pregnant women undergoing C-sections without anaesthetic, newborns with starving mothers and babies orphaned at birth, with no...

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation - Commons Urgent Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords—

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation - Commons Urgent Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords—

Gaza: Humanitarian Situation - Commons Urgent Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Baroness Warsi: I am grateful. I pay tribute to what the Minister has been doing throughout this crisis. I know he has spent much personal capital on making sure that people are discussing these incredibly difficult matters, and that it has been personally traumatic for shim. The whole House values and appreciates what he has been doing. I want to follow up the questions from the two Front Benches. What...

Israel/Gaza - Motion to Take Note (24 Oct 2023)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I start by paying tribute to my noble friend the Minister. I think that all, across this House, would agree that his diplomacy, compassion and hard work have been essential at this time of high emotions, and for that I thank him. Six minutes is not long enough to fully acknowledge the grief of those who have lost loved ones in this recent outbreak of violence, the pain of the...

Afghan Interpreters - Question (18 Oct 2023)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, is my noble friend aware of the decision taken by the Pakistani Government on refugees? My noble friend will be aware that between 3.5 million and 4 million refugees have been in Pakistan for more than two decades, but most of them are undocumented, and the Pakistani Government took the decision—rightly criticised by human rights organisations across the world—that undocumented...

Contest: UK Strategy for Countering Terrorism 2023 - Commons Urgent Question (24 Jul 2023)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I draw the House’s attention to my register of interests and specifically to my role as a commissioner on the Independent Commission on UK Counter-Terrorism Law, Policy and Practice. Prevent, both as a policy and particularly in its implementation, is deeply controversial. Can my noble friend assist the Government’s case by providing some detail, and specifically some data? It...

Israel: Palestinian Civilian Casualties - Question (10 May 2023)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I welcome the decision of our Foreign Secretary not to engage with Ben-Gvir, a man convicted of inciting racism and supporting a terrorist organisation—a man whom the Israeli military felt was too dangerous to draft. What confidence does my noble friend have in the protection of Palestinian lives with Ben-Gvir in charge as the Israeli Minister for National Security?

Iran: Women’s Rights - Question (21 Dec 2022)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, what specific engagement have we had with British Iranians who, despite the lockdown on social media and communications, have direct links with family and friends in Iran and are therefore receiving updates in a way that perhaps even the Government are not? Will my noble friend consider discussing with his colleagues from the Home Office the potential for a legal route to asylum for...

Independent Cultural Review of London Fire Brigade - Commons Urgent Question (29 Nov 2022)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, if the Minister is open to suggestions for solutions, may I ask him to take one away? Many years ago, the Government committed to finding a definition of Islamophobia. There is an agreed definition which has been adopted by all political parties in Parliament, including the Conservative Party in Scotland. The Government, however, have not adopted that definition. There was a report...

Asylum Seekers: Accommodation and Safeguarding - Commons Urgent Question ( 9 Nov 2022)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, we now know that the far-right attack committed by firebombing a migration centre in Dover was done by a man inspired by far-right extremism. Can my noble friend assure this House that conversations are taking place within the Home Office, and government generally, advising colleagues that sensationalist language from political leaders leads to real consequences and that they should...

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

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

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, it is an honour to follow the noble Lord, Lord Harris—I had had an indication that I was apparently due to speak before him. There is a great tradition in Muslim communities of a 40-day period of mourning at the passing of a close family member. That period is spent, among other things, reminiscing, remembering and recounting stories of the deceased; it is part of the grieving...

Pakistan: Flood Relief - Private Notice Question ( 7 Sep 2022)

Baroness Warsi: I am grateful for the work the Government have done in response to the disaster that has struck Pakistan, and to my noble friend for leading on this work. He will be aware that when Pakistan was flooded in 2010, at the height of government cuts and in the midst of austerity, our flood response alone was four times what is has been to date in 2022. By all indications, the floods in Pakistan...

Thyroid Patients: Liothyronine - Question ( 6 Jul 2022)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, this question does not relate to thyroid drugs, but perhaps the Minister can answer it. If not, I would be obliged if he wrote to me. It relates to HRT drugs. My noble friend will be aware of the ongoing issue relating to supply of HRT medication, both oestrogen gel and patches. The now-departed Secretary of State for Health was due to appoint a menopause tsar. Can my noble friend...

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

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, in 2002 young British men we had grown up with travelled from Batley, a small town in Yorkshire, to Gujarat in India for a holiday. Two brothers, their nephew and a friend were being driven back after a tour of the Taj Mahal when their car was attacked by an angry mob. Three were murdered, the driver was set alight and the nephew, despite his injuries, survived. These men became...

Shireen Abu Aqla - Commons Urgent Question (17 May 2022)

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Shireen Abu Aqla - Commons Urgent Question (17 May 2022)

Baroness Warsi: I am grateful to my noble friend. Shireen was an American Palestinian Catholic member of the press. We have seen just from the interventions in this House that opinion is divided as to how she was murdered. In those circumstances, does my noble friend agree that the only way to make sure that we get to the bottom of who killed—assassinated —Shireen is to have an independent investigation,...

Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities - Statement (21 Mar 2022)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, for all the criticism that this report has rightly faced about its findings, many of which are flawed, I tentatively welcome parts of it, not least because it has among its stated intentions a clear acknowledgment that the Government must build trust and a sense that every individual in our society must be treated fairly. As the report says, we must acknowledge failings, improve...


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