Results 1–20 of 1111 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Richard Graham

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

Richard Graham: It is a great pleasure to join this happy debate with a lot of consensus on both sides of the House. It is also a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bath (Wera Hobhouse), who reminded us that success has many parents and that that is a happier position to be in than the orphan without any parents. Much has already been said, so I just want to add two or three thoughts. Last year, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Commonwealth: Diplomatic Relations (15 May 2018)

Richard Graham: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating Malaysia on her recent outstanding elections, which have seen the return of the first ever opposition party since independence? It shows that democracy is alive and kicking in Malaysia. Does he agree that there is much more that we can do together, not least through an extended relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (15 May 2018)

Richard Graham: The stated position of all British Governments for a long time has been support for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the heightened violence on the Israeli-Gaza border and the casualties coming from it now make that possibility look even more remote?

Windrush (30 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: Key to putting wrongs right will be the work of the new Windrush hotline, which has already responded very quickly to my efforts to help one of my constituents to get British citizenship. There is a wider opportunity for my right hon. Friend to recognise the migrant contribution to our nation, so may I invite him in principle to come to an event at the Gloucester history festival at which we...

Windrush (30 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: indicated assent.

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: I was struck by how the hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell), while talking about the need to find cross-party consensus on these issues, took no interventions from anyone on the Government Benches—[Interruption.]

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: Furthermore, she made no recognition of the fact that issues such as subsidiary companies and so on are separate from the points she was making and absolutely not about privatisation.

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: My hon. Friend makes some good points. Does he agree that the hon. Member for Ealing North (Stephen Pound) makes a different argument from that of his colleagues, who argue against companies that are subsidiaries of the NHS by definition? There is a considerable difference between someone who works for an agency that works for the NHS and someone who works for an NHS subsidiary company.

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: Just on a point of fact, about two weeks ago it was the anniversary of the first White Paper on a national health service, which was presented to Parliament by the wartime Conservative Health Minister, Willink. The thinking behind much of that came of course from civil servants, of whom Beveridge was undoubtedly one of the more important, and he was a well known Liberal. I therefore suggest...

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: Perhaps we should start with what we agree on, which seems to me fundamental for all of us in Parliament: the NHS is more precious than perhaps any institution except our monarchy and democracy. We all agree that it is and should remain a public institution available to everyone, no matter what they earn, and free at the point of delivery. We absolutely agree on those tenets of the NHS and...

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: That is an interesting point, but the hon. Gentleman may not be aware that I volunteer in my local hospital, and have done for the past eight years. I have not only seen porters in action, I have worked alongside them—and ditto for a variety of wards. The situation he paints about what goes on in Ealing is completely different from what happens at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in...

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. That is part of an issue that he is certainly keen to discuss, and part of what is in the petition. The point I was going to make, which is relevant to that, is that there is a difference between sensible, profitable and innovative businesses and profiteering. There has been, in my view, one clear example of profiteering taking place in the NHS...

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: I am happy for the hon. Lady to correct the record on John Major’s introducing PFI, but the point about PFI and all private financing is that the devil is in the detail. The principle of bringing private finance into the public sector is fundamentally a good one and approved of by, I think, all major parties. I am afraid that what went wrong during the 13 years of new Labour, as she...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: To avoid any doubt about the message that we in this Chamber are sending today, does the hon. Gentleman agree that we reject anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and any form of racism, and that we absolutely reserve the right to criticise the Israeli Government for illegal settlement and to criticise Hamas for storing armaments in schools or hospital compounds? The two things are separate and different.

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: The Prime Minister has today made a compelling case for limited military action against the use of chemical warfare in Syria, but the wider diplomatic and political initiatives to bring about the end of these ghastly conflicts in Syria and to achieve a lasting peaceful solution seem no closer to success today than they were five years ago. What does my right hon. Friend believe is possible...

Windrush Children (Immigration Status) (16 Apr 2018)

Richard Graham: I welcome the Home Secretary’s absolute clarity that the Windrush generation’s right to remain here is unchallenged. As constituency MPs, we want to do all that we can to help them, so will she confirm that there will be an MPs’ hotline, through which we can help our constituents who are most unable to help themselves?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: The Commonwealth (27 Mar 2018)

Richard Graham: What recent assessment he has made of future political and diplomatic opportunities for the Commonwealth.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: The Commonwealth (27 Mar 2018)

Richard Graham: Given that this is the first Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London for 30 years, will the Foreign Secretary join me in celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s remarkable leadership of this unique global partnership? Will he also agree that this is a great opportunity to promote two very good causes—Malaria No More and Vision For All—across the Commonwealth,...

European Council: Points of Order (26 Mar 2018)

Richard Graham: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Earlier today, the shadow Work and Pensions Minister, the hon. Member for Wirral West (Margaret Greenwood), said that Channel 4’s FactCheck supported the Labour party’s claim that over a million of our constituents’ children would, as a result of universal credit, no longer receive their free school meals. In fact, FactCheck said:...


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