Results 1–20 of 698 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Glyn Davies

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Glyn Davies: I want to begin, as others have, by congratulating my good friend the hon. Member for Ynys Môn (Albert Owen) on securing today’s important debate. In keeping with this good spirit, I congratulate the Secretary of State on achieving two years in his esteemed and very important position. Like others, I also want to make brief reference to Lord Crickhowell, who died today. I knew him...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Mar 2018)

Glyn Davies: The UK internal market is by far the most important market for British goods and services today and post-Brexit. Does the Prime Minister agree that the people and businesses of my constituency and across Wales are best served by the four nations of the United Kingdom working together constructively and positively to make Brexit a success?

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I wish to say at the start, as an organ donation activist for more than 25 years, how excellent I thought the first debate today was. Although I did not agree with everything that was said, I thought it showed the UK Parliament excelling and at its very best, as the Bill’s promoter told us. My Bill is about extending the capacity...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I will, because he is such an honourable friend.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I have always so admired my hon. Friend’s brass neck that I am probably going to accede to his request. I was intending to do this, so while pointing out to the Chamber why I am intending to keep my comments brief, let me say that giving him the opportunity to put his Bill forward later this afternoon is something I rather approve of. Now then, where did I get to? I was starting off...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I thank my right hon. Friend for that intervention on a point to which I shall come later. Of the three points on which I shall concentrate, the first is fairness to UK citizens who live abroad and who have moved around for various reasons but want to remain part of our democratic process and not have their involvement cut short after 15 years. Secondly, as my right hon. Friend the Member...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: That is another issue to which I shall refer later. As I build the three points I wish to make, that will be very much part of the first. My third point is about why it is right to revisit an issue—the restriction of overseas UK citizens’ ability to vote—that Parliament has considered previously. What has changed? On my first point, fairness, many British citizens who have...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I will give way after I have made one point. This is something that was quite dramatic for me. About three weeks ago, a gentleman named Harry Shindler—some Members here may have met him—came all the way from Italy to Britain to talk to me about this Bill. Harry Shindler is an incredible man. He is 97 years old and the longest-serving member of the Labour party. He is still an...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I will; I have already mentioned the hon. Gentleman in my speech.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I thank my friend for that intervention, and I agree absolutely with his point. If everybody in this House were to meet and talk to Harry Shindler, there would not be a single person who was not a supporter of my Bill.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: Oh, I am sorry, yes. I had promised to give way previously.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: A lot of detail will be involved in this Bill. That matter will probably be dealt with in Committee —I just hope that it will go through to Committee so that we can deal with that then. The Minister who is responding later will have picked up on that point.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: That is another intervention that I greatly welcome and that accords totally with my thinking. It is damaging, yes. We have moved away from the principle of having any restriction at all, which is sensible. I want to come on to that point, but, first, I will take another intervention.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I am sure that the Minister will clarify that point because not only have I invited her to do so, but my hon. Friend has too.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: May I make just one brief point? I just want to emphasise how many people—people unknown to me—who have written to me from overseas just to thank me for this Bill. Their level of appreciation is huge, as is the importance they attach to being able to vote in a British election because they are British citizens; it really is overwhelming. I am sure that other hon. Members have had...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I agree. In fact, I will later make reference to that very point.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: That is a perfectly valid point, but it is not a part of this Bill. It could easily be part of another Bill and there could then be a debate about it. The hon. Lady will know that the Welsh Government plan to have such a debate, which is fair enough; I think that there will be different views on that Bill within the governing party. The subject is not, however, included in this Bill. If it...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: It is important—certainly to me—that this is a non-partisan Bill. I have brought it forward because it will deliver justice to UK citizens living abroad. There are supporters on the Conservative Benches because I have asked them all to come. I am overwhelmed by their personal support, but I know they also think this is an important issue. My second general point is on the...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: Indeed I do. Britain’s soft power—that important exercise of British influence throughout the world—is greatly benefited by British citizens in British businesses overseas being active in British politics through voting for Members of this House, who then develop their views, opinions and influence. My third point concerns what has changed. We have heard reference already to...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: If someone is a UK citizen, they should, in my view, have a right to vote in a UK general election. It is as simple as that. An arbitrary time limit, be it 15, 20 or five years, is no longer appropriate and only means that it will have to come back to us in the future for further debate. Let us get rid of it altogether and make it straightforward: UK citizens can vote in UK...

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