Results 1–20 of 487 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sarah Champion

BBC Pay (9 Jan 2018)

Sarah Champion: This urgent question plus the gender pay gap figures released at the weekend show that gender assumptions across the UK are still pervasive—assumptions about what a woman is worth, what her potential is, and what she can aspire to. What will the Minister do in his new role to tackle those assumptions?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Sarah Champion: The reason we want the equality impact assessment is not handouts; we are looking for a level playing field so that everybody can reach their economic potential and Government policies are not hampering in that. Does my hon. Friend agree?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Sarah Champion: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his generosity in taking interventions. We need to hear a few facts. The data that he is talking about, which we are citing as evidence of why this is so important, is being collected by charities and the House of Commons Library. With respect to both the duty of care and the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, this work should be done by the...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Equality impact analyses of provisions of this Act (19 Dec 2017)

Sarah Champion: I rise to speak in support of new clauses 6 and 7, moved by my hon. Friend the Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler). Under the public sector equality duty, all public bodies, including the Treasury, are obliged to have “due regard” to the impact of their policies on equality. Yet, once again, this Government have refused to carry out a meaningful equality audit of their Budget....

Sector Deal for Steel — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Sarah Champion: It is a real pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Henry, but it is somewhat dispiriting to find myself rising to speak yet again about the importance of Government getting behind our steel industry. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock) for calling this debate. Time and again I, and many of my hon. Friends here today, have explained the...

Harassment in Public Life (18 Dec 2017)

Sarah Champion: I am sure that everybody in this House recognises that the abuse and intimidation, mainly online, faced by people in public office is replicated and symptomatic of what is happening across the country, including to children. I welcome the Department for Education bringing in relationship education to teach children to respect themselves and others, but will the Home Secretary commit to extra...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2017)

Sarah Champion: We have hundreds of new cases of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, and literally thousands of adult survivors who have not received support or justice. Two weeks ago, the Home Office rejected our application for additional funding for victims and survivors. Will the new Minister please meet me, the council and the police, so that we can find a solution once and for all for the victims...

Petition - Policing Orgreave (31 Oct 2017)

Sarah Champion: I rise to present a petition of the residents of the United Kingdom to request that this House urges the Government to hold a public inquiry into the so-called “battle of Orgreave”. The Government argued a year ago that no lessons could be learned from an inquiry and that, because no one had died, justice could go unserved. But, in the words of the Prime Minister, historical...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Sarah Champion: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Rushanara Ali) and the hon. Member for St Albans (Mrs Main) for securing this necessary debate. I also thank my hon. Friend for the vital work that she has done in raising awareness of the persecution of the Rohingya. Sadly this abuse is not new. In 1992, a cross-party early-day motion criticised the “systematic...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Sarah Champion: That is the perversity of the situation, and we have our eyes wide open. The Secretary of State for International Development has said that children are at risk of “sexual violence and trafficking”. The International Rescue Committee said that there are “reports of girls in Rohingya camps being raped or abused when going to the toilet or collecting firewood.” There are...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Sarah Champion: I am hugely grateful for that intervention. Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary had the opportunity to lead on this in a meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council. Sadly, the Foreign Secretary’s eagerness to lead at home is not matched by an eagerness to lead abroad. The only action from that meeting was the suspension of invitations to senior Burmese military officials to visit...

Race Disparity Audit (10 Oct 2017)

Sarah Champion: This morning the Communities and Local Government Secretary highlighted that some Pakistani and Bangladeshi women do not have English. May I suggest that one reason for that is that the Government have cut English for speakers of other languages funding by 60%? Will the Minister commit to change that and reverse the cuts so that everybody can reach their potential?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2017)

Sarah Champion: This House should be commended for legislating for relationship education for all primary schoolchildren, which will create a more tolerant society and benefit child protection. Will the Secretary of State outline the introduction of that relationship education and tell us the additional resources she will be giving to schools?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Sex Abuse: Compensation (5 Sep 2017)

Sarah Champion: What assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of compensation paid by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in child sex abuse cases.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Child Sex Abuse: Compensation (5 Sep 2017)

Sarah Champion: Will the Secretary of State commit to updating the guidance in three specific areas? First, children cannot be complicit in their own abuse. Secondly, as part of a grooming process, children are coerced into carrying out criminal activities. Thirdly, will he look at compensation for victims of family abuse under the same roof before 1979? At the moment, CICA is denying compensation on those...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (6 Jul 2017)

Sarah Champion: The Minister will be aware of the levels of persecution, intolerance and hate crime towards transgender people. Can she therefore confirm whether she has plans to develop a new transgender action plan, in line with the previous response to the Women and Equalities Committee? Also, do the Government plan to conduct a review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004?

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Universal Credit (23 Mar 2017)

Sarah Champion: I associate myself with the Minister’s comments about PC Keith Palmer. We will always owe a debt of gratitude to him and our hearts bleed for his family. From 6 April, new mothers will not be able to claim tax credit or universal credit for their third child. What communications has the Minister had with women who are pregnant now to tell them that they face an unexpected drop in...

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2017)

Sarah Champion: Some 54,000 women are forced out of work due to maternity discrimination. Will the Government look at reducing the extortionate fees for employment tribunals, and will the Minister specifically look at extending the time for application from three months to six months?

Visible Religious Symbols: European Court Ruling (15 Mar 2017)

Sarah Champion: I thank the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) for raising this important issue. The ruling is not as clearcut as press articles would have us believe, but it does raise real concerns about religious freedom in the workplace, including for Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab. When making their ruling, the judges relied on the concept of workplace policies that require...

Maternity Discrimination — [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] (15 Mar 2017)

Sarah Champion: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I look forward to the time when the Chair is not the only man in the Chamber when we have a debate such as this, which is symptomatic of the uphill struggle we still face. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) on securing this hugely necessary and timely debate. I also thank her...


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