Results 1–20 of 545 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Rushanara Ali

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I thank my hon. Friends and hon. Members across the House for their moving contributions, for the unity of purpose and for their support for the motion. In particular, I thank those who spoke from direct experience of visiting camps and who spoke out about the appalling situation facing the Rohingya. Their testimonies were extremely powerful. It is vital that we continue to let the world know...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I beg to move, That this House agrees with the statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that the treatment of the Rohingya by the Myanmar Government amounts to a textbook case of ethnic cleansing. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for granting this debate, to my co-sponsor the hon. Member for St Albans (Mrs Main) and to the 73 Members who supported the...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising that issue, and I could not agree more. I hope that the Minister will take that as one of the action points of our Government, to build on the leadership that they are showing. We would like to see that item on the agenda. The UN report backs up the comment made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in his opening statement at...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I very much hope that our Government will back up that definition. The House will be aware that in 1993 the final report of the Commission of Experts, which was established following UN Security Council resolution 780, defined ethnic cleansing as “a purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I believe that all humanitarian efforts and pressure on the Government for access should be retained but that other non-essential programmes should be reviewed so that we can consider what to do to bring an end to the violence and find a longer-term solution that brings peace to the region and protects the Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar. As the co-chair of the all-party...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I am grateful for that intervention and hope that other Governments will add their support to the humanitarian effort. The UN has stated that more than £440 million is required, but only a fraction has been raised. I hope that our Government will encourage other Governments, in the EU and the wider international community, to provide more assistance to the humanitarian effort in Rakhine,...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman and former Minister for that intervention, as it corrects the misconception that the Rohingya population have no right to be there and are somehow refugees from neighbouring Bangladesh. Eight months before polling day, the President of Myanmar revoked all temporary registration cards, leaving many Rohingya Muslims without any form of identity and...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I will come to that. I am grateful that the Government, in response to 170 parliamentarians urging greater humanitarian assistance, have stepped up and increased their assistance by £25 million and increased the level of match funding for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal, to which we are all grateful. The parliamentarians asked, however, for a suspension of training, and they...

Race Disparity Audit (10 Oct 2017)

Rushanara Ali: May I remind the First Secretary of State that it was the previous Labour Government who led an inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence murder and, following that, introduced the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 and the Equalities Act 2010, which require monitoring, and that this Government have neglected much of that? I welcome this audit, but ask the Minister please, for the love of God, to...

G20 (10 Jul 2017)

Rushanara Ali: Given the special relationship that the Prime Minister enjoys with President Trump, can she explain why she failed to influence him and prevent him from pulling out of the Paris climate agreement? Will she condemn that decision and refrain from rolling out the red carpet for him in the form of a state visit?

Grenfell Rehousing (5 Jul 2017)

Rushanara Ali: There have been two fires in my constituency and one in a neighbouring constituency since the Grenfell Tower fire, and they were not in high-rises. People are very concerned, so will the Minister explain what systematic action is being taken to prevent other fires? What will he do to ensure that we strengthen the regulators’ powers to address residents’ concerns when they raise...

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I start by congratulating Labour and Conservative Members who have made their maiden speeches today. I remember how intimidating it was when I made mine, and it is a great source of pride to see so many Labour Members giving their maiden speeches today. In the Queen’s Speech, the Government revealed a threadbare legislative programme, with no majority, no mandate and no legitimacy,...

Debate on the Address: Education and Local Services (27 Jun 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I remind the Secretary of State that the last Labour Government expanded higher education and had a cap on fees. She talks about 1 million young people being unemployed. In the first Parliament under the Tory Government, youth unemployment was at 1 million and the Work programme was a disaster, wasting billions of pounds. I ask her to reverse the £3 billion of education cuts being...

Terror Attacks (22 Jun 2017)

Rushanara Ali: On behalf of my constituents, may I express our deepest condolences to the victims of the terror attacks and their families? We utterly condemn the horrific attacks, as most people in our country do. Will the Home Secretary heed the warnings of the Mayor of London and the head of the Metropolitan police about the £400 million cuts, which would put prevention at risk? Will she also update...

Grenfell Tower (22 Jun 2017)

Rushanara Ali: Residents of Grenfell Tower warned the housing provider of the dangers and said that it would take a fire in a tower block for notice to be taken. Will the Prime Minister relook at the Localism Act, which currently requires residents to allow for eight weeks before they can make a complaint to the ombudsman for a matter to be taken up through their Members of Parliament?

London Attacks (23 Mar 2017)

Rushanara Ali: My thoughts are with PC Palmer’s family and the families of all the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attacks. We are so grateful to the emergency services, and everyone who protected us and the wider public. The Prime Minister speaks for the whole country in her message of unity, but does she agree that the painstaking work begins now, in the days ahead, for all hon. Members in...

Money Laundering: British Banks (21 Mar 2017)

Rushanara Ali: May I ask why the Chancellor is not here, because, frankly, the Minister’s answers today have been appalling? Some £80 billion could have been laundered, according to this story. Should we not think again about the powers the FCA and other regulators have to prevent these things from happening? Can he please answer some questions?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Childhood Obesity (21 Mar 2017)

Rushanara Ali: What recent assessment he has made of the Government’s effectiveness in tackling childhood obesity in the inner cities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Childhood Obesity (21 Mar 2017)

Rushanara Ali: I thank the Minister for that answer, but it remains the case that childhood obesity is twice as high in deprived areas as it is in more affluent areas. In Tower Hamlets, 20% of children are obese and a third are overweight. What will the Government do to reduce childhood obesity and when will the plan be published?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: School Funding Formula (20 Mar 2017)

Rushanara Ali: What assessment she has made of the potential effect of the new national funding formula on the capacity of schools to provide high-quality education for all.


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