Results 1–20 of 927 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alison McGovern

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alison McGovern: (Urgent Question): To ask the Foreign Secretary what steps he is taking to save civilian life in the conflict in Syria.

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Alison McGovern: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting this urgent question. Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary announced that the Government will help to provide safe passage for the White Helmets, as the Minister has said. They will come to UK and other safe countries via Israel and Jordan. This is the latest development in a conflict that has been going on for seven...

Electoral Commission Investigation: Vote Leave (17 Jul 2018)

Alison McGovern: The Minister’s own words are that this cuts both ways, but I do not think that that is the case. The Electoral Commission has been absolutely clear. It did all it could, but it lacks power to do more. Will the Minister correct herself? This does not cut both ways, does it? As my hon. Friend the Member for Wigan (Lisa Nandy) said, this is one of the worst, most despicable abuses of...

Nato Summit (16 Jul 2018)

Alison McGovern: About these issues, the Prime Minister has said that “we must engage from a position of unity and strength.” Who does she think has done most to put that unity at risk: Donald Trump, who calls our friends foes, or the hard Brexiteers who have now left her Cabinet? Who, when it comes to British diplomacy, has taken incompetence to new heights?

Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Alison McGovern: It has been my pleasure and honour to lead on this debate. I thank the shadow Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Mrs Lewell-Buck), who gave an excellent speech, as well as the Minister, who has listened carefully. I will make a couple of brief remarks on what he has just said. His offer to meet us was very welcome and will be taken up. We might then talk in some detail...

Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Alison McGovern: The Minister is making a really worthwhile speech. He just mentioned a report, I think of a committee of this House. Will he be so good as to ensure that the report is made publicly available? He might ask the Library to do that, because it is very important to point to the work that has already been done. It sounds as though it was done a long time ago, so that is something we will want to...

Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Alison McGovern: I beg to move, That this House recognises the pain and suffering that the historical practice of forced adoption caused many women and children; and calls on the Government to issue an apology to women and children affected by that practice. This is a year of feminism. It is 100 years since the demands for women’s votes were finally heard in this place. What progress we have made in...

Leaving the EU (9 Jul 2018)

Alison McGovern: My constituents who work at Airbus, Vauxhall Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Unilever and many other parts of our modern manufacturing supply chain have had their voice heard, but they need to be heard more, because they need not just what is in the Chequers statement. When will the Prime Minister go further and accept that we need to include more in this deal and that we need to be part of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Unemployment Levels (3 Jul 2018)

Alison McGovern: The Chancellor lauds both the employment rate and the fiscal steps the Government he has been a part of have taken, but that data masks a host of problems, so can he confirm to the House today that he thinks a rising child poverty rate is a price worth paying for his spin and rhetoric?

Football: Safe Standing — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (25 Jun 2018)

Alison McGovern: I want to reflect on what the Minister has just said. I implore everybody to ensure that all sides can be heard in the debate. That is what is important. We need conduct that enables the broadest possible debate.

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment (25 Jun 2018)

Alison McGovern: Unlike the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois), my constituent Kyle Robinson, a Unite shop steward, works at Broughton every day. He wrote to me this weekend to say that the current situation for him and the families I represent is potentially catastrophic. Will the Secretary of State ensure that when he takes up the invitation from my hon. Friend the Member for Alyn...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (18 Jun 2018)

Alison McGovern: I thank the Secretary of State for the letter that he wrote to me on 7 June about New Ferry. When I meet him, as he has invited me to do, will that invitation extend not just to me and to the Mayor of Liverpool city region, Steve Rotheram, but to residents of New Ferry?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Alison McGovern: I rise to speak in favour of Lords amendment 51, on the EEA. I will focus on the main argument against the EEA and its single market, which I believe to be free movement and immigration more broadly, but I will not argue that the EEA is a perfect arrangement for our country after Brexit. It has its flaws—many have already been highlighted—but although I am not blind to those...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Alison McGovern: May I say to my right hon. Friend that, although she and I may disagree, she is making an excellent speech? She is right about the tone of this debate: it must be done properly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Security Threat: Russia (11 Jun 2018)

Alison McGovern: Further airstrikes in Syria on Friday left civilians dead and injured. What conversations has the Secretary of State had with our NATO colleagues about how we can make sure that Russia upholds international humanitarian law?

UK Automotive Industry: Job Losses — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (22 May 2018)

Alison McGovern: I congratulate my hon. Friend on getting this crucial debate. Given the numbers that he mentions, does he think we ought to return to the subject of the last debate we had here—business rates? The car industry needs a shot in the arm; is it not time that the Government gave it one?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Cost of Living (22 May 2018)

Alison McGovern: Families with three children are at a greater risk of poverty than other families, and next year the Chief Secretary to the Treasury will take £1.2 billion away from them. Does she agree that this is the least family-friendly Government in history?

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Alison McGovern: I want to speak in support of the speech made by my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield), who led for Labour from the Front Bench and made an excellent contribution. I specifically want to support his comment that there is a majority in this House for a sensible approach. We would not imagine anything less than good, British common sense in the House of Commons, but...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Alison McGovern: The maths in this is pretty clear, and if I were the Prime Minister, I would listen to the majority of people in this House and not to a vocal minority. My hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton North East (Emma Reynolds) made an excellent contribution, describing all the ways in which our manufacturing business needs a sensible customs arrangement that means we can transfer goods across...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Alison McGovern: Perhaps it is because I have learnt a great deal from my right hon. Friend that he pre-empts the next paragraph of my contribution. Labour’s approach has been absolutely sensible to date, but we need more small addition to our policy, which is to support membership of the single market. As he said, other things are needed. We need common standards and, specifically, an agreement on...


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