Results 1–20 of 1017 for speaker:Richard Drax

Antisemitism in the UK (19 Feb 2024)

Richard Drax: There is a growing and deeply unpleasant trend of personalising protests. My right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood) has been subjected to that recently, as have other Members of the House. Just to raise his particular case, 80 or so protesters were screaming right outside his door, with a police car between them and his house, for over two hours. The police did...

Death of Alexei Navalny (19 Feb 2024)

Richard Drax: It takes an extraordinary person to go back to a country where he knows he will be imprisoned, tortured and then murdered. All our thoughts are with Alexei Navalny’s wife, and our best wishes go to her. The best way to commemorate Alexei Navalny’s tragic death is to ensure that Ukraine does not fall. Will my hon. Friend assure the House that he is straining every diplomatic sinew to...

Post Office Governance and Horizon Compensation Schemes (19 Feb 2024)

Richard Drax: I have a once-proud former postmaster in my constituency, who ran the post office in Swanage. He fell foul of this scandal and was sacked, not prosecuted. His life was utterly ruined and he repaid the money that was owed. That was many years ago, but his wife is now very ill and he has still not had compensation. May I make two points? First, his lawyer tells me that the compensation scheme...

Points of order (31 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. At the start of Prime Minister’s questions, the Speaker reminded the House about the use of language. The debate on Gaza is getting far more emotive, and the language used has been questionable in one or two cases, as I am sure you are aware, Madam Deputy Speaker. One of the SNP Members asked a question about Gaza and, after the question was...

Points of order (31 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I would like to think I am an honourable Gentleman, and if indeed I got it wrong, I withdraw the point that the comment was made by an SNP Member. It came from that part of the House, but if it was not an SNP Member, I withdraw that point.

Northern Ireland Executive Formation (31 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend and the DUP? Clearly, this is still a highly emotive issue, and understandably so, because when we left the EU, I, the House and the country were promised that we would leave as a United Kingdom. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom but, as we have heard, it will still be subject to EU laws, so that axe is still grinding away and we must get...

Pharmacy First (31 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I congratulate my right hon. Friend and her Front-Bench colleagues on rolling out this initiative. The Isle of Portland had two pharmacies, both run by Boots, but one is now shut. Can I meet my right hon. Friend and Front-Bench colleagues to discuss how we can ensure that deprived areas such as Portland retain the pharmacies that they desperately need?

Situation in the Red Sea (24 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I did ask why the aircraft carriers are not being used in the Red sea, and I would be grateful if some answer could be given.

Situation in the Red Sea (24 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: On the point about voting, which I think is ridiculous, during the bad period of the second world war when Churchill was very unpopular, if a vote had been taken in the House, I suspect that, on some occasions, he might have lost. What on earth would we have done then?

Situation in the Red Sea (24 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I will keep to time, Madam Deputy Speaker, as two hon. Friends will give me a seven-minute bell. I strongly support the Government’s move and the strikes they are taking in the Red sea. In The Sunday Times at the weekend, there was a rather amusing cartoon of Lord Nelson, with the telescope placed to his bad eye and the words “I see no ships” emblazoned across the top of the page. Hon....

Situation in the Red Sea (24 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I will keep going, if I may, because we are getting to the end of the debate and others want to speak. The enemy are a rag-bag bunch of rebels using cheap drones, which the ship counters with £1 million Sea Viper missiles and, on occasion, 30 mm cannon. The operation is exactly why we have a Royal Navy. Meanwhile, the RAF is flying operations from Cyprus, a round trip of 3,200 miles. I ask...

Situation in the Red Sea (24 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I will, if I may, just keep going. Forgive me, but I do not want to go over my time. This debate is about the situation in the Red sea. That puts the spotlight on the Royal Navy, which is so short of sailors that some ships are having to be retired early. As both my grandfather and father took great pride in reminding me, the Royal Navy is the senior service, and there is a good reason for...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: The irony is not lost on me in this debate that every single one of us in this place wants the same thing. Normally when the whole House agrees on something, I think that something is wrong, but in this case I have no doubt that the whole House is right: we need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. What we are debating today and arguing about in this place is how we can get there in the...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: That point has been raised several times, and I totally agree that the tax receipts from investment in oil and gas play a huge part in our economy. I might have this wrong, but as I understand it these companies will face 50% corporation tax and a 35% windfall levy. I would be grateful if, in his summing up, the Minister could say whether that is true. I am not an expert in the industry, but...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I hope my hon. Friend and I can be corrected by the Minister because, as the House has just heard, the tax rates are punitive. If we are going to do this for all the common-sense reasons that the Minister and the Government say we should, why on earth are we raising taxes to such a point that it discourages and disincentivises all those who need to spend hundreds of millions of pounds, or...

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: rose—

Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill (22 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. He has spoken for an awfully long time and I suspect he is coming to the end of his speech so that Back Benchers can participate. Not one idea has he put on the Floor of the House about what Labour would do were it to take over from us.

Defending the UK and Allies (15 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: I commend my right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary for his excellent and wide-ranging speech this morning, in which he rightly pointed out that we face dangerous times. Does my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister agree that, while how we spend defence money is important, it is vital and without doubt that defence needs a great deal more money—more than 2.5% and these arbitrary...

Defence: Defence Jobs ( 8 Jan 2024)

Richard Drax: One decision that my hon. Friend could make to support defence jobs is to retain HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark. Will he reassure the House, the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy and the armed forces that these two vital ships will be kept in operation and not mothballed?

UK-Rwanda Partnership ( 6 Dec 2023)

Richard Drax: Does my right hon. Friend agree that all these human rights laws were simply not designed for the massive problem of illegal, mainly economic migration that we face today, and that a review is urgently needed?

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