Results 121–140 of 1783 for speaker:Bob Stewart

Yemen (26 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: Everyone in this House totally understands that a ceasefire is the only way ahead; and it is going to come. But it is only going to come when President Hadi and the Houthis agree it. I think the Minister will agree with me that when that happens, we will expect there to be breaches of it, but we must not break the ceasefire.

Trident: Test Firing (23 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: I remind the House that the Russians not only contemplate using nuclear weapons but practise their employment on their exercises. Is it not crucial, therefore, that we retain our own independent nuclear deterrent, to ensure that our potential enemies, such as Russia, are deterred and think twice before they even contemplate using such weapons of mass destruction?

Yemen (12 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: The right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) just raised a very good prospect for 2017: peace in Yemen. Would that not be wonderful? The south-east tip of the Arabian peninsula has been important to us for at least 200 years. The area was crucial to the functioning of the British empire, particularly after 1869, when the Suez canal opened and the route to India was much shortened....

Yemen (12 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: I understand that the right hon. Gentleman was born there, although his sister might not have been. I definitely was not born there: I was a little boy there, as my father was a soldier with the Aden Protectorate Levies.

Yemen (12 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: Thank God for that, Madam Deputy Speaker. My interest in Aden comes from my time there as a little boy. I loved the place: it was a great place to grow up between 1954 and 1957. What a fabulous place to be—if one was on the right side, of course. Since 1990, Yemen has gone from bad to worse. It has essentially become some sort of cockpit that some say is an area of fighting between the...

Yemen (12 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: Into that cockpit comes more mischief-making with the arrival of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and then the latest lot, Daesh. The poor devils who live there have had these people imposed on them. They are not native to Yemen—they are not people like the right hon. Member for Leicester East, who really should be an Adeni, or a Yemeni, if he wants to be—they are people coming...

Yemen (12 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: I give way again to a gentleman who talks such sense on this subject.

Yemen (12 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: As ever, it is the little people who are suffering in this war. Apparently, 7,000 people have died. To me, that chimes with the number of people killed at Srebrenica, which I was kind of involved with all those years ago. When Srebrenica occurred, the world suddenly got its backside in gear and sorted it out. I return to my original point: let us hope that 2017 sorts this situation out. It...

Yemen (12 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: I have not read it, but it sounds very sensible and logical. Everything to do with sorting out problems has to be sensible and logical. Fourthly, I have already alluded to the fact that AQAP and Daesh are not local to the region. The one thing all the protagonist share is that they hate these people who have come in from outside. AQAP and Daesh are part of the enemy and should not be...

Yemen (12 Jan 2017)

Bob Stewart: If DFID is giving £100 million to Yemen—I totally support that—what is happening to the money? Presumably, it is blocked, because we cannot get through to the people who really need it. I suppose that it is in some bank or food store somewhere.

Woolwich Barracks (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: I accept everything that the Minister has said; that is logical. What I am concerned about is this: where is a unit such as the Royal Horse Artillery, which needs to be close to central London, going to go? We have had all these facilities built in Woolwich specifically for the Royal Horse Artillery, and now, a few years after producing them, we are going to throw them all away. It does not...

Woolwich Barracks (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: The one thing that the hon. Gentleman has not mentioned that is incredibly historic about Woolwich is the fact that it was the original Royal Military Academy, and actually superior to Sandhurst in priority terms. Sandhurst has taken the Royal Military Academy badge from Woolwich, but Woolwich has that huge history. It is not just about the Gunners.

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform: Christmas Adjournment (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: I would like to say one thing to my friend: sometimes we may not understand you, but my God, you’ve got one hell of a heart, and we can see it.

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform: Christmas Adjournment (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: Having served in Northern Ireland during the troubles there, I have been asked by my old comrades in the Cheshire Regiment to highlight an iniquity that has already been referred to by my hon. Friend the Member for Filton and Bradley Stoke (Jack Lopresti), my good friend: that many British soldiers could be reinvestigated for their actions during fatal shooting incidents. Apparently, the...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform: Christmas Adjournment (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: I thank my good friend—I call him that because he comes from Chester and I commanded the Cheshire Regiment—for that intervention. Yes, our soldiers should not be under this cloud. They are not terrorists. Terrorists have been given amnesty and a pardon in the Good Friday agreement. Why should our men, some of them quite old now, not sleep soundly when terrorists who have killed do...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform: Christmas Adjournment (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: Oh, go on.

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform: Christmas Adjournment (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: The Equitable Life policyholders are getting older. It matters that we get this sorted.

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: Following what my hon. Friend the Member for Worthing West (Sir Peter Bottomley) has just said, surely it is the responsibility of a solicitor helping someone to buy a house to point these things out, because they are professionally qualified and they should know very well what is happening. I cannot understand why that does not happen.

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: I am about to take the chairmanship of the all-party parliamentary group on park homes, so my hon. Friend’s comments immediately interest me. The problem is not just the rent that unscrupulous people charge. It is usually elderly people who live in park homes and they are charged a fortune for utilities. They pay double the rate for electricity, water, sewerage and so on.

UK Nationals Imprisoned Abroad — [Robert Flello in the Chair] (20 Dec 2016)

Bob Stewart: I am so sorry to interrupt again. Is Andy now under sentence of death, having been tried in absentia, so he is there permanently? Is there any chance of a review of his case by the judicial authorities in Ethiopia? In other words, are we down to political, international and diplomatic pressure to get him out?


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