Results 1–20 of 1340 for speaker:Alison McGovern

Syria and North Korea (18 Apr 2017)

Alison McGovern: I thank the Foreign Secretary for his statement. Of course, it is not for any of us in this House to decide who runs Syria; that is a choice for the Syrian people. We should judge recent events in Syria as being successful only if they form part of a comprehensive strategy to protect civilian life. What conversations has the Foreign Secretary had with the Secretary of State for International...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (29 Mar 2017)

Alison McGovern: Late on Saturday night, a massive explosion devastated New Ferry in my constituency. We are thinking of all those who are hurt. It is a miracle that more people were not injured. The community now faces significant dereliction. Will the Prime Minister join me in thanking all those who looked after my community over the weekend and in recent days? Will she arrange for me a meeting with the...

European Council (14 Mar 2017)

Alison McGovern: The Prime Minister lectures nationalists on the importance of staying in unions, but all the while she is advocating leaving one. She lectures our European partners on the importance of the single market, but all the while she is hellbent on our leaving it. Does she think that this incoherence in her position might be dealt with—and make her life easier—if she thought again about...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Science (14 Mar 2017)

Alison McGovern: Page 98 of the Government’s industrial strategy talks about the importance of long-term institutions. Many of those who work in the science-based industries in Wirral and elsewhere feel that the single market is a long-term institution that has served them well. Has the Minister asked the Prime Minister to change course and keep our country in the single market?

Amendment of the Law (8 Mar 2017)

Alison McGovern: The right hon. Gentleman says that we ought to get rid of forecasters in the OBR and the Bank of England if they get the forecasts wrong. Plenty of modellers and forecasters in the City of London got their forecasts wrong before the crash in 2008, but I am sure he does not believe that we should end the banking trade in the City of London.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Infrastructure Investment: North Wales (8 Mar 2017)

Alison McGovern: May I bring the Minister back to north Wales and raise the issue of its connectivity through my constituency? In his response to my hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham (Ian C. Lucas), he seemed to pass the buck to another part of the Government, and that is not good enough. Will he ensure that the Government and their silos do not restrict connectivity between Wales and English cities, and...

Opel/Vauxhall: Sale to Psa Group (6 Mar 2017)

Alison McGovern: I support the Secretary of State’s approach. He is demanding of PSA, so he will understand if we are a little demanding of him when it comes to what he is going to do. May I ask him again—as did my hon. Friend the Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson)—about the business rates regime as it relates to investment in plant and machinery? Has he asked the Chancellor to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Regional Infrastructure Development (28 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: The Chancellor simply did not answer my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis). The UK Government’s funding and investment in London has always far outstripped that for any other region. The OECD says that we have had no regional policy since 2010, so will he answer my hon. Friend? What will happen to investment in the north when Brexit occurs?

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: I began the debate by explaining that it was cross party because the fate of refugees is a cause that belongs to no one political party, no one ideology and no one faction. I remain of that opinion after listening to Members’ contributions. Notwithstanding that, my right hon. Friend the Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott), who has shown great courage in recent...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

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Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: The Minister is laying out the Government’s priorities. Will he be clear about what he said about capacity in Greece? He said that we have 115 staff in Greece. How many of them are working on transfers to the UK?

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Government’s support for the Syrian refugee crisis; commends the UK on its provision of aid to Syria and the region, the resettlement programmes and support to unaccompanied children in France; acknowledges that in 2016 over 30,000 unaccompanied children arrived by sea in Greece and Italy; notes that only 8 children were transferred from...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: My right hon. Friend makes a very good point, and one that I will direct to the Minister. It is his responsibility to answer that question today. The Government made two arguments to justify their decision. I will talk about pull factors later, but first, let me deal with local authority capacity. It is not true that there is no space left for Dubs children in local authority care. The Home...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his question, which, again, the Minister must answer today. It is deeply depressing to start a debate that was supposed to focus on how to build on the Dubs amendment by having to fight the same fight over again. The debate is about how we can do more for the many unaccompanied child refugees stuck in Greece and Italy. The Minister will talk about the...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: As a Member of Parliament who also represents a port area of our country, I pay tribute to all those who work to keep our ports and our borders safe. I will come to the hon. Gentleman’s argument about a pull factor in a moment.

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good point, with which many hon. Members will agree. To put it simply, the risk to children does not end when they reach dry land. The boat may be behind them, but the danger is not. The refugee camps, especially in Greece, are overflowing, with children being left outside, cold and alone. In Greece, only about half of all unaccompanied child refugees are in...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: My hon. Friend asks a crucial question. If, by the end of the debate, the Minister has not answered that question, I think many of us will be up on our feet demanding answers. We made great progress, working with the French authorities, on resettling children under Dubs and, as alluded to by my hon. Friend, under the Dublin III regulation where children have family members living in this...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: My hon. Friend speaks from great experience and I hope the Minister listened to what she said. If the Minister is really prepared to consider this matter, he should watch the documentary made by Liverpool footballer Dejan Lovren about his experience as a refugee and the uncertainty that he lived through. He has been brave in speaking openly about his life. I encourage the Minister to take...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: If the hon. Gentleman is suggesting that safety is a pull factor, I agree with him. If he is suggesting that not starving is a pull factor, I agree with him. If he is suggesting that escaping the bombs dropping on a child’s head is a pull factor, I entirely agree with him. This debate will continue. I think it right for us to have the debate out in the open, and Members who disagree...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: I will not, because I need to end my speech now. As I was saying, many of these children are orphans who have no parents with whom they can be reunited. However, the Government are effectively saying that a child in a refugee camp in north Africa who has a grandparent in the UK is not eligible, but if that child got on a boat and went to Italy, he or she would be. That is madness. Will the...


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