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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Islamophobia - Question (13 Feb 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, there are some appalling examples of the Muslim community being harassed and suffering racial abuse. Why will the Government not adopt this definition when it has been adopted by hundreds of organisations, including many local authorities and police forces and, I think I am right in saying—perhaps the Minister can confirm it—by the Conservative Party in Scotland? We need to hear...

Islamophobia - Question (13 Feb 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, there are some appalling examples of the Muslim community being harassed and suffering racial abuse. Why will the Government not adopt this definition when it has been adopted by hundreds of organisations, including many local authorities and police forces and, I think I am right in saying—perhaps the Minister can confirm it—by the Conservative Party in Scotland? We need to hear...

Hate Crime: Anti-Semitism - Question (11 Feb 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I agree with others in this House that anti-Semitism is an evil prejudice and that we must do everything to drive it out. Will the Minister agree to speak to the Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith to look at the possibility of changing the nomination process for all public elections, to require candidates to confirm their opposition to anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all other race...

Housing: New Homes - Question (11 Feb 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I draw the attention of the House to my registered interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. What are the Government going to do about the crisis of planning permissions being granted but not a brick being laid? At the last check, there were well over 250,000 applications with nothing happening on those sites. If you have land and have received planning...

Planned Deportation Flight to Jamaica - Statement (10 Feb 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Answer given in the other place to an Urgent Question earlier today. When will the Windrush lessons learned review be published? Why are there delays in getting this report to the Home Office? Can she tell the House what the Government’s position will be when the report is published if it comes to light that, as a consequence of...

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (7 Feb 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: I have just been looking at the Companion. The Minister said that we do not need any representation because we represent ourselves in Parliament—I accept that we are Members of Parliament in a sense—but the Companion and the Code of Conduct talk about acting on personal honour and in the public interest rather than out of private interest. There may be some conflict there. I do not want...

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (7 Feb 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Naseby, on securing a place so high up in the Private Members’ Bill ballot and on his Second Reading today. At the outset I should say that I support what the Bill proposes, though it is a very small measure, affecting, I think, only the 800 or so people who are Members of this House. As many noble Lords have said, there are always many more...

Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (4 Feb 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, this Bill is short, but has important implications and will need careful consideration in your Lordships’ House. As has been said, the Bill creates a power of arrest, without warrant, for the purpose of extraditing people for serious offences, particularly as a result of an Interpol alert. It will apply to the countries specified in the Schedule to the Bill. I can, generally,...

Terrorism: Contest Strategy - Question for Short Debate (3 Feb 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Harris of Haringey for securing this debate, and for bringing such an important issue to this House for consideration. Like other noble Lords, I pay tribute to the brave officers of the Metropolitan Police who had to deal with the terrorist incident yesterday evening in Streatham. They have our thanks, our praise and our gratitude for their work...

Looked-after and Adopted Children - Question (28 Jan 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: The noble Lord did not address the last part of the question from the right reverend Prelate about the adequacy of resources for local authorities to fulfil their duties. Will he answer that part of the question, please?

Facial Recognition Surveillance - Statement (27 Jan 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Answer given to the Urgent Question in the other place today. The Government have promised to empower the police to safely use new technologies within a strict legal framework. The announcement of automated facial recognition has been made before such legislation has been introduced and seems to be on the basis of a court ruling that is being...

Homelessness - Question (23 Jan 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce homelessness.

Homelessness - Question (23 Jan 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper. In doing so, I declare my interests as a vice-president of the Local Government Association.

Homelessness - Question (23 Jan 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I thank the noble Viscount for that Answer. Could he set out for the House why homelessness has increased so dramatically in the last 10 years, particularly—shockingly—with 726 people losing their lives in 2018?

UK Holocaust Memorial - Question (20 Jan 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I endorse the comments of the noble Viscount in answering this Question. I am delighted that my noble friend Lady Smith of Basildon, along with the noble Lord, Lord Pickles, and others, is a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Does the noble Viscount agree that it is welcome that the learning centre will focus not just on the Holocaust but on all other genocides and that it...

Asylum Claims: Child Trafficking - Question (16 Jan 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, what would a victim of child trafficking have to demonstrate to satisfy the Home Office that they are a victim?

Criminal Records Notifications Disclosure - Private Notice Question (15 Jan 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, this revelation is both shocking and worrying. Does the Minister accept that this is a huge failure on the part of the Government and that it is possible that dangerous offenders have returned to their home country without the UK making proper notification to the authorities? When the error was discovered, it was not corrected—shamefully—because of the risk of reputational...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) (8 Jan 2020)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, first, I congratulate the Government on their comprehensive win in last month’s general election. If nothing else, it allows for a period of stability in the coming years so that important issues can be addressed. I am always willing to support the Government if I think they have got matters rights, but I will always oppose the Government if I believe that, no matter how well...

Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report - Motion to Take Note (31 Oct 2019)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I draw the attention of the House to my relevant registered interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, for bringing this Motion to the House today. I agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, and others, that he always kept the House informed when he was a Minister. If we are going to have a Conservative...

Representation of the People (Annual Canvass) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (31 Oct 2019)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark: My Lords, I should first declare an interest as a vice-president of the Local Government Association, as it is local authorities which do lots of the work here. I support a review of the current model of the annual canvass of electors and the aim of making it easier and cheaper to administer. That is important at a time when local authority budgets are squeezed but, like the noble Lord, Lord...


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