Results 1–20 of 897 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Graham Jones

Prayers (1 Dec 2017)

Graham Jones: I beg to move, That the House sit in private. Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 163). The House divided: Ayes 0, Noes 169.

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: I thank the right hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell) for obtaining the debate. It is important that we debate this issue, and do so frequently, such is the scale of the catastrophe. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg), the Chair of the International Development Committee, for his speech, which was very illuminating, very focused, and...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: The hon. Lady talks about arms sales, and I accept the point that we should care about people, but we need to look at the current situation. Is she aware that some 80 rockets have been fired into Saudi Arabia? What is preventing those rockets from killing people is the US Patriot defence missile system. That is defence equipment sold by the US to Saudi Arabia to prevent 80 rockets from...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: rose—

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: The Minister is making a valid point. Is not the validity of it reinforced by the fact that this House should be upholding international law and a democratic Government, as well as trying to bring peace and alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen?

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: The situation in Yemen is of course terrible and catastrophic, but does my right hon. Friend not agree that the main reason for that is the collapse of the economic system within Yemen?

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for securing the debate and for giving way. A recent BBC documentary showed the Houthis in Sana’a putting posters up everywhere, sacking all the Sunni clerics from the mosques and putting Shia clerics in. The poster slogans and the chants in the mosques were “Death to America”, “Death to Israel” and “Curse on the...

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: The right hon. Gentleman says that there are limitations on journalism, but actually al-Jazeera has a lot of access and does not report the Saudi position favourably to the world. We have only to go on YouTube to see an awful lot of modern media from inside north Yemen and Sana’a—and from Saudi Arabia, where Houthis regularly kill Saudi people.

Point of Order: Yemen (30 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: rose—

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: If we are outside the customs union, it suggests that there will be a hard border, but if we follow the Government’s logic that that will somehow be mitigated and we will have an open, frictionless border, surely the border will simply have to be around Great Britain—it will have to be at the Scottish and Welsh ports. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that if Northern Ireland is...

Yemen (20 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: It is worth noting that the Houthi-Saleh alliance, which started this war against a legitimate Government, is a brutal army that has done some brutal things, as Members will see if they read the UN reports. Not only that, but it is 750 miles to Riyadh, so we are not talking about missiles made at the local foundry; this is the import of high-tech equipment. Moreover, the vast majority of...

Defence Aerospace Industrial Strategy (16 Nov 2017)

Graham Jones: The hon. Gentleman is making a powerful speech. Will he add that the Typhoon began on the drawing-board in 1984 and came into service in 2003? Does that not highlight precisely the problem?

Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility (31 Oct 2017)

Graham Jones: My constituency has 54 FOBTs. Some £2.5 million was lost on these machines last year and £15 million has been lost since 2008 in a deprived constituency. The recent report by the Institute for Public Policy Research and GambleAware said that it is costing the UK £1.2 billion to look after the victims of gambling—people who are addicted and have various problems. What...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ivory Trade (26 Oct 2017)

Graham Jones: I met some Angolan MPs last week who were unaware of a recent report stating that Angola’s elephant population has fallen from 200,000 to 3,400. Is not it the case that the world simply is not doing enough to protect the African elephant, as well as other animals and environmental species? We have to do more to save the planet, and the African elephant is a start.

Raqqa and Daesh (24 Oct 2017)

Graham Jones: There is a significant presence of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Daesh in Yemen. What assessment have the Government made of the extremist threat in Yemen, and what support are we giving to the ground troops of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and the Government forces that are trying to defeat those extremists in that country?

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Graham Jones: I want to make a few points. We have to be defenders of free speech, and debates that do not end with a conclusion from both sides or are curtailed for whatever reason cannot be described as free speech. Debates are often curtailed because of abuse, and I believe that free speech is diminishing in this country because of the amount of abuse that is handed out—on social media, by and...

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Graham Jones: I think we are sometimes hesitant to call out abuse. Sometimes the volume can be so great that we walk away. I hope that the Government review will look into the cumulative impact of low-volume abuse, how we manage free speech, and how people, as my hon. Friend suggests, sometimes recoil from engaging. As he says, when Members who feel abused come together and make a strong point, it offers a...

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Graham Jones: I am enjoying the hon. Gentleman’s arguments. Does he share my view that free speech arises where a debate is able to reach a conclusion without being interrupted or stopped by abuse, and where such a democratic debate is based on discourse and an exchange of views?

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Graham Jones: I am listening intently to the points the right hon. Gentleman is making, and he refers to the point I made earlier, but does he not accept that we are in danger of losing a degree of freedom of speech because of bullying online? It is simply not possible to engage in a broad-minded and open debate when a volume of people insist on handing out personal abuse.

Schools: National Funding Formula: General Election Campaign: Abuse and Intimidation (14 Sep 2017)

Graham Jones: I am simply not going to disagree with the point the right hon. Gentleman has just made.


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