Results 101–120 of 2404 for speaker:Andrew Percy

Transport Infrastructure (11 Feb 2020)

Andrew Percy: We have had the fluffy end of the lollipop for too long in the north on transport funding, so I am made up by this decision on HS2 and HS3, and I support the comments of the right hon. Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband). Will the Prime Minister look at the operator service option fund for underutilised lines? There are just two services on the Goole-Snaith-Leeds line every day,...

Flood Response (10 Feb 2020)

Andrew Percy: Brigg and Goole and the Isle of Axholme is probably the most flood-prone constituency in the country. We are grateful for the hundreds of miles of flood defences that protect us and for Governments of all parties over the last decade and a half announcing more money for flood projects after events, but the problem at the moment actually is not so much accessing funding for capital projects...

Business of the House (30 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: Whether it is the new Siemens train factory in Goole, the rail we make at the steelworks in Scunthorpe or the increased capacity on our railways—or, indeed, the new HS2 college in Donny—a positive decision for HS2 will bring huge benefits to my region. Can the Leader of the House please tell us when we are going to get the statement outlining the decision in favour, I hope, of HS2?

Middle East Peace Plan (30 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: There will not be any progress unless we accept the reality on the ground, which is that no democratically elected Israeli Government of any complexion will accept the division of Jerusalem or withdraw from the settlement blocs. Whether we like it or not, that is just the reality. May I urge my right hon. Friend to continue in the mainstream of European opinion, as he and this Government are,...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: That was precisely why, when I responded to such a debate a few years ago, I referenced the Israelification of antisemitism. That is why it is so important that we sign up to the IHRA definition. We have a big problem with antisemitism on the campuses of our universities in this country, so will my right hon. Friend condemn universities like Warwick, whose vice-chancellor is refusing to sign...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: I want to thank the Minister and the shadow Minister for their approach to today’s debate and what they said. I consider it an honour and privilege to take part in this debate every single year. It is sad that we have to continue to have it, but we absolutely must continue to do so. I am delighted to stand here as the newly elected co-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group against...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: I am not going to get into the debate that has been raging in Poland following what President Putin said. All I will say is that wherever the Germans occupied in world war two, there were very brave people who stood against them, and there were also, sadly, people who facilitated and aided their evil and vicious aims. That is true across every single country of Europe. There were people in...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: I entirely agree with the right hon. Gentleman. The indulgence of this Soros conspiracy theory—which I have heard from people in my own area, it has to be said—is completely unacceptable wherever it is found. It is racism, it is antisemitism, and it is an updated version of the tropes we saw in the 1930s. There are people who stood at the recent election who engaged in some of those...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: I entirely agree with the hon. Lady—I would say my hon. Friend—who has been incredibly brave in calling out antisemitism herself, as well as the subject of antisemitism. I pay tribute to her work as vice-chair of our APPG and entirely agree with her. There might be an opportunity to address some of this through the online harms Bill, but it is time that we updated our electoral law to...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: I cannot disagree with a word that the right hon. Lady says. As she has powerfully outlined in previous debates, she has been on the receiving end of vile antisemitic abuse. This does come from the leadership down. Leadership is needed from all of us, but there should be no doubt about the position of our political leaders. That is why I agree with the Minister’s comments and urge...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: Absolutely.

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: Absolutely. I was not in the Chamber for Question Time—I apologise for that—but certainly that is exactly the kind of thing I mean. It links to the point made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (James Brokenshire) about the need for better education in this whole space. Yes, 100%—I would be more than happy to work with the hon. Lady. I would, of course, say to...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: Again, I could not disagree with a word that the hon. Lady says. Visits are important, but it is not always possible to take every student, as I have said. One of the lessons I enjoyed teaching, which I found to be one of the most powerful about the battlefields—we could not take every child—was to make my students put their own name or a family name into the Commonwealth War Graves...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: Absolutely. Again, I could not disagree—this is a wonderful debate in which we all do agree, and it really does show Parliament at its best. There is also the young ambassadors programme because, sadly, young people who perhaps cannot visit Auschwitz are losing the ability to hear from a survivor. Every year, sadly, fewer and fewer survivors are available to speak to young people. The...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: My hon. Friend will absolutely know about this and has played an important role, so I give way to her.

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: I absolutely agree, and I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for her work in the important area of holocaust education. Of course, I am sure the whole House will want warmly to congratulate her constituent—as I believe she is; perhaps she is not—who was awarded the MBE in the recent honours list. We would all 100% agree with that. As I have said, this is important for young people, not least...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: The sad truth is that there are people elected to this place in the recent general election who have shared antisemitic conspiracy theories and breached the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti- semitism. It is all very well people apologising, but the real evidence that they have changed is their taking some action over what they have said—owning it and showing...

School Meals: Hull (22 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: In a moment.

School Meals: Hull (22 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: The hon. Lady will recall that I was on Hull City Council when the free school meal policy was introduced. There was a huge political fight about it. We all wanted to achieve the same thing, but there were big differences. However, the reason for my intervention is to say from the Government side of the House to my hon. Friend the Minister that I, too, believe it is time that we looked at the...

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Surrogacy: Government Policy (21 Jan 2020)

Andrew Percy: The hon. Lady did not welcome me back.


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