Results 1–20 of 600 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Charlotte Leslie

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Change of use of drinking establishments (28 Mar 2017)

Charlotte Leslie: While we are having this cross-party pubs love-in, I want to pay tribute to the hon. Member for Leeds North West (Greg Mulholland), who has been a staunch campaigner on this measure for many years. Back in January 2015, I made what I thought at the time was a distinctly career-limiting decision to table a similar amendment with him, and I want to put on the record my thanks for his work. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (28 Mar 2017)

Charlotte Leslie: Will the Foreign Secretary join me in thanking the Libyan House of Representatives for their condolences after Wednesday’s tragic and traumatic event? Does he agree that urgent and active engagement with the House of Representatives is vital for a stable Libya and the ending of the mass export of migrants to their death by militia?

Aviation Security (22 Mar 2017)

Charlotte Leslie: I am not seeking any information from the Secretary of State on the nature of the intelligence, but I am concerned about the implications of the ban on diplomatic relationships with valuable allies. I, too, have returned from Egypt, and if such security relationships are jeopardised, that will jeopardise the longer-term wider security of UK citizens.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS: Export of Procedures (21 Mar 2017)

Charlotte Leslie: What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the export of procedures developed by NHS professionals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS: Export of Procedures (21 Mar 2017)

Charlotte Leslie: A team of clinicians at Southmead hospital in my constituency, led by Professor Tim Draycott, have developed and are now exporting internationally a system of maternity healthcare that is transforming maternity safety and childbirth. What is the Department doing to provide further support and ensure that the evidence base the team have developed is embedded and incorporated in policy making...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (10 Jan 2017)

Charlotte Leslie: Does the Foreign Secretary agree that improving trust and intelligence sharing with Egypt is vital to our security efforts in Libya? Given that we have heard no security concerns over the Sharm el-Sheikh airport, does he agree that resuming flights there would be a good place to start and would have important security dividends for UK citizens here?

Great Western Line: Electrification (22 Nov 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: Before I pay tribute to the Minister for answering and to Members who have come here, it is appropriate to pay tribute to Network Rail workers. While Network Rail has taken a bit of a battering for its organisational abilities at the top level, we should pay tribute to those who over the past couple of days have been working so hard to keep our railways running, as well as those at Great...

Great Western Line: Electrification (22 Nov 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: I beg to move, That this House has considered electrification of the Great Western line. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. This is a debate that I never wanted to have to bring to the House and I am sure that many other Members felt the same. In doing so, I acknowledge that the Minister—the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend the Member for...

Great Western Line: Electrification (22 Nov 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: It is always a profound joy to give way to my hon. Friend. If he had waited for a small amount of time before intervening, I would have come to that point. However, since he has made that case, I can skip over some of my speech, because it is a very valid point. We do not want to let the best become the enemy of the good and I want to acknowledge where we are.

Great Western Line: Electrification (22 Nov 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: The hon. Lady also anticipates something that I will raise in my speech. Whichever Government want to make dramatic railway infrastructure improvements, they face challenges. Whether a Labour Minister or a Conservative Minister was sitting in the Minister’s chair here, I suspect that the challenges involved in delivering what they want to do could be very similar. I will come back to that...

Great Western Line: Electrification (22 Nov 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: If Hansard could kindly ascribe my hon. Friend’s comments to me I would be very grateful, because that is exactly the point I want to make. Yes, it does seem strange. It plays to a historical view that the south-west is always overlooked. I do not understand why we seem to have been axed when other places still seem to be a political priority. On the economic arguments, that does not make sense.

Great Western Line: Electrification (22 Nov 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: I start my speech by saying that what happens in one area of the country affects another and then I go on to make an unapologetically biased—not biased, but strong—case for the south-west, but I hear exactly what the right hon. Lady says. Something happening in one region deeply affects another, but I continue to make a special case for the south-west, which has not, historically, had its...

Great Western Line: Electrification (22 Nov 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: I think that anyone who has travelled that route will echo, with gusto, what my hon. Friend has just said. Moving on to macro-level concerns, I find the National Audit Office report into the functioning of Network Rail, and into the Department’s ability to project manage and to hold Network Rail to account, deeply concerning. I do not doubt the good intentions of all those involved, but we...

Great Western Line: Electrification (22 Nov 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that extremely good point. I know that many other Members would like the chance to speak. My final concern, which has been raised locally, is about rolling stock. The effect of the deferral of the electrification of the Thames valley branches on the planned cascade of the Thames turbo class 165 and 166 rolling stock to the west of England is vital to the...

Libya — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (26 Oct 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne (Kwasi Kwarteng). People always refer to debates as timely, but this debate has special merit because it shines a light on an area that is often forgotten in the shadow of the atrocities in Syria, but that has a huge role in the region’s stability. I did not vote for a no-fly zone...

Libya — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (26 Oct 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: My hon. Friend refers to a nursery rhyme; I was going to say that we have a slightly short attention span and in many ways a fairytale view of foreign policy—“It’s all going to be fine and everyone will live happily ever after once we’ve done the nice thing that the Twitterati will approve of.” We are where we are. We in the west in general—I do not intend to label any one person...

Libya — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (26 Oct 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: Absolutely. A theme that has arisen again and again in this Chamber is the tension between stability and freedoms, and the extent to which we match our concern with alleviating human rights abuses with a concern with maintaining stability. Once stability goes in a country, there are an awful lot more human rights abuses, however many there were beforehand.

Libya — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (26 Oct 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: I thank my hon. Friend for his very kind intervention. Yes, we must learn lessons, but we do that not by sitting in this Chamber saying that we will learn lessons, but by doing things better, starting from today. The second mistake that we often make, which feeds into the reference by my hon. Friend the Member for Spelthorne to nursery rhymes and fairytales, is that we forget that the middle...

Libya — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (26 Oct 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this timely, topical debate. Does he agree that, although focusing on Libya’s coastline is very important to prevent the tragedy of human trafficking, it is also important to look at Libya’s southern borders, where people are coming up from sub-Saharan Africa? Perhaps we could be doing more to understand what is going on there and to tackle trafficking...

Human Rights and Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (8 Jun 2016)

Charlotte Leslie: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way, given the short time he has, and I welcome his philosophical stance. Does he agree that where there is Government, there is responsibility, and where there is responsibility, there can be blame? Where there are non-state actors, there is no such locus of responsibility, so it is easy for this House not to allocate blame. Does he agree that although...


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