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The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: The Rohingya are the most persecuted minority in the world, and their persecution is not a recent phenomenon; it is of long standing. People are being rendered stateless in their own land. If they are not being beaten, murdered or raped, they are being starved, literally, because of the closure of food markets in Rakhine state. The scale of what the Rohingya face is unimaginable, and we have...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: I will not, because of the shortness of time; I apologise. I agree that we should keep a laser-like focus on the military, and I support Members’ calls for arms bans and visa bans for military personnel and their families in Myanmar. I hear the argument about Min Aung Hlaing, the military leader; as others have said, he could stop this overnight. However, I do not want us to get away...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (16 Oct 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: In the Newtown area of my constituency there have been seven shootings in the past three months. Local people tell me that they simply do not feel safe, and cuts to police funding and neighbourhood policing are having a devastating impact. Why cannot the Home Secretary see that she is failing in her responsibility to resource the services that are required to keep us safe? How much more will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: The Minister will be aware of the serious disorder at HMP Birmingham in my constituency on Sunday, which follows the very serious riot in December 2016 and serious incidents at other prisons across the country over the summer months. Clearly our prisons are in absolute crisis. Is it not time that we had an independent inquiry into the state of our prisons?

Visible Religious Symbols: European Court Ruling (15 Mar 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: This ruling sends an appalling message to faith communities in our countries, and many visibly religious people at work today will feel more scrutinised and more insecure as a result. The ruling also creates a lower threshold for religious freedom than we enjoy under UK legislation. Many thousands of people in my constituency are affected; they need a clear and continuing signal from the...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (14 Mar 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth Snell) on his excellent maiden speech, which I enjoyed very much. It moved many of us to laughter and tears. I gently correct him on one point: Stoke is not the centre of the known universe. That would be another place in the west midlands called Birmingham, but I will let him off on this occasion because that was a...

Changes in Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: I should like to congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband) and the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Nadhim Zahawi) on securing this debate. I agreed with the entirety of my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster North’s speech and with much of what the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon said, although I disagree with his more fulsome...

Changes in Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for making that important point and reminding us about Humayun Khan. In normal circumstances, that action would have been enough to ensure that someone lost an election and received the opprobrium of everyone, everywhere. It is a sign of what we have come to that that did not happen. It is important that we stick to our principles and that we hold the...

Changes in Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: I will not, because of the time. I do apologise. I want to make a point about British values. As a British Muslim parliamentarian, I have spoken a lot in this House about British values. I have also heard a lot from this Government about British values. In fact, I have often felt that the Government feel that the British Muslim community needs to do more to uphold those values. We have heard...

Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: This order does not stigmatise just on the basis of nationality, as the Secretary of State says it does; it stigmatises on the basis of faith. This is a Muslim ban, and that has been admitted by those the American President asked to help him implement his Muslim ban legally. Why is the Secretary of State persisting in pretending that these people are not doing the very thing that they...

Kashmir (19 Jan 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: The House will know of my long-standing interest in Kashmir. Many thousands of British citizens of Kashmiri extraction have made their home in my constituency, and I take an interest on their behalf, but I have a more personal interest as my family originates from Kashmir. All four of my grandparents were born in Kashmir before my family moved to this country, so this debate has very personal...

Kashmir (19 Jan 2017)

Shabana Mahmood: I am afraid that I would be doing other Members out of their time if I gave way. I apologise. The use of pellet guns has been mentioned. This is a significant issue for the Indian Government, and our Government must press them more on it. The Indian defence for the use of pellet guns to see off protestors who they say are throwing stones is that pellet guns are non-lethal. Of course, a pellet...

HMP Birmingham (19 Dec 2016)

Shabana Mahmood: To those of us who have been following the crisis in our prisons, nothing that happened in Winson Green in my constituency on Friday came as a shock. The independent monitoring board report on HMP Birmingham found that staff resource constraints gave “cause for concern” and that there was a lack of capacity to run the full prison regime. What action did the Secretary of State take...

Casey Report (6 Dec 2016)

Shabana Mahmood: I welcome all efforts to improve integration in the UK—this is not the first study to find problems in this area—but I am concerned that there is no real understanding in the report of the simple truth that integration is a two-way street and should definitely not be used, as it so often is, as a stick with which to beat the minority communities of Britain. Given that, will the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Single Market (25 Oct 2016)

Shabana Mahmood: What assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the economy of the UK no longer having access to the single market.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Single Market (25 Oct 2016)

Shabana Mahmood: The Chancellor’s predecessor had many a failed target and plan, one of which was a target of £1 trillion in exports by 2020, a target that is nowhere near being reached even with full access to, and membership of, the single market. Meanwhile other countries such as Germany currently export more than we do to China and other growth markets. Does the Chancellor agree that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2016)

Shabana Mahmood: The most recent Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs figures show that my constituency now has the highest level of child poverty in the country, and we know that two thirds of children living in poverty live in working households. For my constituents this is not a country that works for everyone. Will the Secretary of State now agree that he must come to this House and reverse the cuts to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty (11 Jul 2016)

Shabana Mahmood: What assessment his Department has made of the effect of recent changes to benefits on the number of children living in poverty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty (11 Jul 2016)

Shabana Mahmood: My constituency has the third highest level of child poverty in the country, and 13,600 families currently receive tax credits, leaving them vulnerable to the Government’s cuts to universal credit. In his aborted bid for the Tory leadership, the Secretary of State said that he had a “strong grasp of…the social and economic divisions in our country”. If that is true,...

Debate on the Address: The Economy and Work (26 May 2016)

Shabana Mahmood: It is a pleasure to speak in the Queen’s Speech debate today if only for three minutes. As many people, both inside and outside this House, have remarked, this speech has felt a bit like a damp squib, or, as my hon. Friend the Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Jonathan Reynolds) said, all filler and no killer. Perhaps that is because all eyes are on the referendum. It is astonishing...


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