Results 1–20 of 1298 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Blomfield

Exiting the European Union: Horizon 2020/University Admissions (14 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: When we discussed this matter last month, the Minister brushed aside concerns about the falling participation rates of UK researchers in Horizon 2020 projects, but since then, as he will know, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has confirmed that in figures it has published. If participation continues to fall at that rate, by March 2019 we will have dropped by two...

Exiting the European Union: Horizon 2020/University Admissions (14 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: It has fallen.

Exiting the European Union: Horizon 2020/University Admissions (14 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: May I suggest two specific things that the Minister can do? Will he confirm that applications that are not fully signed off at the point at which we depart from the EU in March 2019 will be fully supported for their entire duration? Will he also say that he will put participation in framework programme 9 and successor programmes at the very heart of the ambitions for negotiating our future...

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: It is a pleasure to wind up for the Opposition with you in the Chair, Sir David. I join other hon. Members in paying tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Clwyd South (Susan Elan Jones) for how she framed our discussion this afternoon, and I thank her for her informed, thoughtful and entertaining speech. We in the Labour party campaigned strongly to remain in the European Union. We...

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Many of us have described it as a step on the road to what our future relationship might look like, but it is only the first step; the big issues remain unresolved, and will continue to be unresolved by the date that the right hon. Gentleman suggests for another referendum.

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: I will not, actually, because my hon. Friend has had plenty of opportunity to contribute to the debate. From day one, the Opposition have argued that Parliament should have the final say on our deal before March 2019, and that that should be a meaningful and real decision, with all the choices in front of us.

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: That might be helpful, but if the Government did provide such a timetable, they would discover that they are already two months behind their first target date. I understand the frustration of those who call for another referendum. Judging from the comments of leading leave campaigners in the days before the 2016 referendum, we would be facing the same demands from the other side if the remain...

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The arrogance and confidence with which the Government approached the referendum campaign was probably what led to the result; it certainly meant that they were not prepared for the outcome. I also understand the frustration that the promises made by leave campaigners were so quickly disowned after 23 June, whether that was the nonsense about £350...

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Yes, I would love the hon. Gentleman to do that.

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: The hon. Gentleman will appreciate that the point I was making was about the situation we are facing now, whereby the running sore that has driven the Conservative party to make so many mistakes on the question of the European Union is still there in the way in which we are seeing the Conservatives manage the Brexit process. We saw the landmark speech in Florence, in which the Prime Minister...

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Paul Blomfield: I thank my hon. Friend for the way he framed the debate. Just over three weeks ago, I was in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar and took time out to see the school there. That school, built with the support of the international community and the village, faces demolition, apparently to make way for further illegal settlements, and apparently the Israelis are upping the preparations for that...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Each year during the September recess, I conduct a community consultation over three weeks, with about 40 meetings. This provides a really valuable snapshot of people’s top concerns. This year, right across the constituency, the common theme to those concerns was antisocial behaviour and low-level crime chipping away at the quality of people’s lives and undermining our...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Paul Blomfield: Will the Solicitor General give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Paul Blomfield: I thank the Solicitor General for giving way. It is important that the House has clarity on the content of the memorandum he proposes to publish on 5 December. He has said that the memorandum will seek to identify the sources of each right contained within the charter. He has heard in today’s debate that there is concern on both sides of the House that he will not be able to identify...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Paul Blomfield: I am puzzled by that point, because EU-retained law will effectively become statute law, and that will be carried forward by the application of the charter. It is not quite clear what the right hon. Gentleman is getting at.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Paul Blomfield: As I understand it, it does not apply in all civil cases—only civil rights and obligations under the convention, so it is effectively a narrowing if we lose it.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Paul Blomfield: We are talking about statute law, and about rights such as the one on which the right hon. Gentleman’s friend and colleague, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, relied. I think that that point is clear. Returning to the comparison of the charter with the Human Rights Act, as well as the wider class of applicants for which it provides, it allows for stronger remedies....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Paul Blomfield: In his keenness to tackle the argument, I think that the hon. Gentleman has missed the point. That has nothing to do with the charter. Let me turn to a separate but related point on schedule 1, which states: “There is no right of action in domestic law” post-exit “based on a failure to comply” with EU general principles. The schedule also prevents courts from ruling...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Charter of Fundamental Rights – Government Report (21 Nov 2017)

Paul Blomfield: If the Prime Minister’s words are to be taken at face value—we continue to operate during the transition practically as if we were still part of the membership—new principles would apply during the transitional period, although not after it had ended.


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