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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...

Vauxhall/Opel: Proposed Takeover (20 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: A number of my constituents work for Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port and Unilever in Port Sunlight. If there are Members who think that everything in our economy is rosy, I invite them to come to Wirral South this weekend and say that. When it comes to the high-value manufacturing that the Secretary of State has talked about, does he realise the importance of the customs union, and has he made a...

Exiting the Eu: New Partnership (2 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: Given the old-age dependency ratio and its importance for the public finances and given the absence of the concrete information in paragraph 5.9 of the White Paper, what level of net migration to our country does the Secretary of State anticipate across future years?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: Does my hon. Friend agree that the point she is making is that the creative industries are not just about here, but about the places that we represent in the north, which are leaders in this area?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: [2nd day] (1 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: I rise to speak in this debate as a European. I was born a European. Those who supported the Brexit cause told us that if we left the European Union we would be no less European. I say this to them: I will hold them to their word. I do not believe that the referendum was our finest democratic moment. I disagree with the Brexiteers about that. Many of my constituents have raised serious...

Changes in Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Alison McGovern: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Colchester (Will Quince), who made an excellent contribution. I, too, want to praise my right hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster North (Edward Miliband) and the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon (Nadhim Zahawi). Both of them do their families very proud. I know that the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon spoke on behalf of all those in our...

Us Immigration Policy (30 Jan 2017)

Alison McGovern: The Foreign Secretary is right about one thing: we have lots of friends in America. I stand with our friends there today who are standing up against this ban, which affects Muslims and others from those countries, but may I turn the Foreign Secretary’s attention back to the humanitarian cause in the middle east? Many of those affected will have been striving to save lives in Syria, Iraq...

Yemen (26 Jan 2017)

Alison McGovern: Further to the question asked by my right hon. Friend the Member for Cynon Valley (Ann Clwyd), will the Minister confirm that all the evidence we hold about violations will be passed to any inquiry, preferably an independent, UN-led commission of inquiry?


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