Results 1–20 of 200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Owen Thompson

The Economy (8 Jul 2020)

Owen Thompson: There were lots of bribes and a lot of bluster in today’s statement, but very little on what will actually tackle the issues at the heart of society and expose those issues exaggerated by covid-19: the deep poverty and inequality endemic in society. The virus itself may not discriminate, but we know that the economic as well as the health impacts have been far more acutely suffered by those...

Coronavirus: Job-Support Schemes (7 Jul 2020)

Owen Thompson: A few months ago, the Chancellor spoke directly to those who had lost their livelihoods overnight. He said: “To all those at home right now, anxious about the days ahead, I say this: you will not face this alone.” Those were reassuring words, and they were backed up by a Government promise to do “whatever it takes” to keep the people of these isles healthy and financially secure. I...

Arts, Culture and Heritage: Support Package (7 Jul 2020)

Owen Thompson: Live music is of huge cultural importance to Midlothian, and the venues at grassroots level are a massive factor in that, but without the performers, these venues can do nothing. What support can the Minister provide to assure our performers, especially freelance performers, that their livelihoods can continue?

Hong Kong National Security Legislation (1 Jul 2020)

Owen Thompson: Anyone who cares about freedom of speech must be gravely concerned about the criminalising of dissent that the security law represents. Concerns are also heightened by growing evidence of the appalling atrocities being committed by the Chinese regime against the Uyghur population. Does the Secretary of State agree that now is the time for an independent investigation and for us to support the...

Reading Terrorist Attack (22 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: Words cannot express the horror of an attack such as this, and I certainly add my condolences to the families and friends of all the victims. It has been reported that the intelligence services believe that mental health was an issue in this incident, but can the Home Secretary comment further on what further support could be offered to individuals who may be known to mental health services,...

Reading Terrorist Attack (22 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: Words cannot express the horror of an attack such as this, and I certainly add my condolences to the families and friends of all the victims. It has been reported that the intelligence services believe that mental health was an issue in this incident, but can the Home Secretary comment further on what further support could be offered to individuals who may be known to mental health services,...

Women and Equalities: Black Lives Matter Movement (17 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: What recent assessment she has made of the implications of the Black Lives Matter movement for the priorities of the Government Equalities Office.

Women and Equalities: Black Lives Matter Movement (17 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: Over the past two weeks, we have heard members of the Government, including the Prime Minister, repeat that black lives matter, yet their policies fail to reflect that. The Unity Project’s report presented the Home Office with evidence that the “no recourse to public funds” policy discriminates against black British children and leaves them growing up in poverty. What steps can the...

Economic Outlook and Furlough Scheme Changes (16 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: The Chancellor stated that his priority was “to support people, protect jobs and businesses through this crisis”, yet businesses are on a financial cliff edge. Given today’s employment and vacancy rates, and the OECD prediction that the UK is likely to suffer one of the worst slumps in the developed world, does the Minister share my concern that ending support schemes too early will...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (16 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: The coronavirus business interruption loan scheme—CBILS —was supposed to offer a lifeline of support to struggling businesses, but it is not reaching those who need it the most. Sky-high interest rates are now being offered by some lenders, and that is making it less of a lifeline and more like picking the bones off desperate smaller firms. Will the Secretary of State press the Chancellor...

SCottISH AFFAIRS CoMMIttEE (15 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for North Herefordshire (Bill Wiggin) for moving the motion on behalf of the Committee, of which I am a member, but I cannot allow this moment to pass without making a few comments. I emphasise that it will be just a few comments. Back in March, my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North (Patrick Grady) rose in this Chamber to speak on the appointment of...

SCottISH AFFAIRS CoMMIttEE (15 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: That is most certainly one way that my hon. Friend could put it. It will be a shock to her that I agree. I emphasise that this is absolutely nothing about the individual Member being nominated for the Committee. [Interruption.] I give way to the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Andrew Bowie).

SCottISH AFFAIRS CoMMIttEE (15 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: I absolutely agree with that, and I certainly am delighted to see the Committee under the excellent stewardship of my hon. Friend the Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart). However, I want it recorded that I and my colleagues are disappointed that the opportunity has been missed for a change to the Committee’s membership to better reflect the outcome of the election in...

SCottISH AFFAIRS CoMMIttEE (15 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: indicated dissent.

Justice: Departmental Priorities: Covid-19 Implications (9 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: People in Midlothian have made huge sacrifices, over months now, to obey the rules, while the Prime Minister’s most senior adviser was breaking them on multiple occasions. Does the Secretary of State believe it is right that some unelected bureaucrats appear to be allowed to break the law while the public are cautioned or fined?

Justice: Departmental Priorities: Covid-19 Implications (9 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: People in Midlothian have made huge sacrifices, over months now, to obey the rules, while the Prime Minister’s most senior adviser was breaking them on multiple occasions. Does the Secretary of State believe it is right that some unelected bureaucrats appear to be allowed to break the law while the public are cautioned or fined?

Public Order (8 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: In Midlothian and Edinburgh, there are streets, a statue and other local references to Henry Dundas, but there is no mention in any of those locations of his shameful role in delaying the abolition of slavery, which forced some 630,000 slaves to wait for more than a decade for their freedom. Does the Home Secretary agree with the leading human rights activist Professor Sir Geoff Palmer that...

Public Order (8 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: In Midlothian and Edinburgh, there are streets, a statue and other local references to Henry Dundas, but there is no mention in any of those locations of his shameful role in delaying the abolition of slavery, which forced some 630,000 slaves to wait for more than a decade for their freedom. Does the Home Secretary agree with the leading human rights activist Professor Sir Geoff Palmer that...

Public Order (8 Jun 2020)

Owen Thompson: In Midlothian and Edinburgh, there are streets, a statue and other local references to Henry Dundas, but there is no mention in any of those locations of his shameful role in delaying the abolition of slavery, which forced some 630,000 slaves to wait for more than a decade for their freedom. Does the Home Secretary agree with the leading human rights activist Professor Sir Geoff Palmer that...

Treasury: Covid-19: Economic Support (18 May 2020)

Owen Thompson: What steps he is taking to support the economy during the covid-19 outbreak.


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