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Home Department: Topical Questions (12 Jul 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I congratulate the England team on its fantastic achievements at the European championships. Those players, led by the inspirational Gareth Southgate, have shown incredible skill and determination on and off the pitch, taking a stand on child poverty, free school meals and so much else. They took the knee to stand against racism—a brave stance that led to their being booed by some. That...

Home Department: Topical Questions (12 Jul 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: But we have had to wait years for the online harms Bill. There has to be a greater urgency to do more now. The awful abuse continues to happen, and it is not contained to football but happens right across society. We still have so far to go. Our footballers have used their platform to help to give voice to the millions of people in this country who are desperate for change, but change is not...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 98 - Offence of pet theft (5 Jul 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I thank the Bill team, the Clerks and House staff and the Library staff for facilitating debate in the House. It is a great shame that a Bill that could have commanded wide support ended up being so divisive. Indeed, Labour Members, working with other parties, campaigned for elements of the Bill: on increasing sentences for causing death by dangerous driving; on reform of the disclosure and...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: New Clause 98 - Offence of pet theft (5 Jul 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I will not, because we are very short of time. Media reports even suggest that the National Police Chiefs Council, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary and fire and rescue services and the Metropolitan police have all stated that they did not request these noise clauses to be added to the Bill. Today, there is a piece in The Times where...

Windrush Day 2021 (1 Jul 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: In two years and three months, the Home Office has resolved 687 claims. Does the Minister seriously think that any other system properly set up would be that slow?

Windrush Day 2021 (1 Jul 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is a privilege to close this crucial debate on behalf of the Opposition. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for allocating time for it. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) on her work in securing the debate and leading it. I echo her praise of campaigners such as Patrick Vernon. As my hon. Friend demonstrated in her speech,...

EU Settlement Scheme (29 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I welcome the Minister back to the Dispatch Box. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) on securing this urgent question. There could not be a more powerful warning to the Government of what happens when innocent people are deprived of their right to be here than the Windrush scandal. Twenty-eight-day warnings advising people to apply for settled...

Covid-Secure Borders (15 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The Minister talks about international travel going forward, and it is obviously important for the Government to be as open as possible. Will he give a commitment from the Dispatch Box that the risk assessments on India that were done by the Joint Biosecurity Centre will now be published by the Government?

Covid-Secure Borders (15 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I beg to move, That this House believes that there must be a clear, simply understood and proper hotel quarantine scheme in operation at the UK border to minimise the risk of introduction of new variants into the UK; calls on the Government to immediately scrap the Amber List category of the Government’s Traffic Light System for travel and place all of those countries currently on the Amber...

Covid-Secure Borders (15 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Absolutely not. I have said, and it says in the motion, that there should be a growing green list now. The reason we are unable to grow the green list to the extent that we want to is the danger being created by the ambiguous amber list, by people mixing at airports, and by the mixed messaging from the Government about whether people can actually travel. It is not the fault of the people who...

Covid-Secure Borders (15 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Because nobody can provide 100% protection against anything—[Hon. Members: “Oh!”] Conservative Members jeer, but it is about time they took a bit of responsibility for the failure of their Government. They argue with me about comprehensive hotel quarantine, but not one of them had the courage to vote against it in the Lobby in February. They have completely failed to put in place every...

Covid-Secure Borders (15 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am glad that the hon. Gentleman raised that, because he is talking about the Government’s own failure. Last summer, the shadow Transport Secretary, my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim McMahon), and I were speaking about the fact that 14-day quarantining was unnecessary if we had testing up and running. We could have had a test and release system with release after...

Covid-Secure Borders (15 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. We need to see a proper ambitious support package, with the money properly targeted to meet its aims. Appalling hire-and-rehire tactics should be outlawed—that practice has no place in our country—and we need staff salaries protected, with a clear commitment to workers’ right. Let us also see a commitment to cleaner fuels, UK-based suppliers, tax...

Daniel Morgan Independent Panel Report (15 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I thank the Home Secretary for her statement and for advance sight of it. I should say that a member of Daniel Morgan’s family is a constituent of mine, and my thoughts are with them today. The publication of the report should never have taken this long. It is 34 years since Daniel Morgan’s horrific murder, with four major police investigations, a collapsed trial, an inquest. The...

Points of Order (7 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I seek your advice about an answer given by the Home Secretary earlier today in the House. In an answer to me during Home Office questions, the Home Secretary said that data is available for the number of passengers that have arrived in this country from red and amber list countries. However, when looking for these statistics, it appears that the...

Home Department: Topical Questions (7 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I join the Home Secretary in remembering all the victims of terrorism to whom she referred. We send out a strong message from across the House that those who seek to divide us with hatred will never win. The words of our late friend and colleague Jo Cox that we have “more in common than that which divides us” seem particularly apt as we remember all those victims.—[Official Report, 3...

Home Department: Topical Questions (7 Jun 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I did not detect an answer to either of my questions in that response, and the Home Secretary knows perfectly well that we do not have the most stringent border measures in the world. The only reasonable conclusion is that the Government are not learning from their mistakes and that our border protections are in chaos. It is a clear and dangerous pattern: late to home quarantining; late to...

Daniel Morgan: Independent Panel Report (24 May 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) on securing this urgent question, and I should say that a member of Daniel Morgan’s family is a constituent of mine. It is the family who should be uppermost in our minds today, and they have said: “This unwarranted and very belated interference by the Home Secretary amounts to a kick in the teeth”. It is 34 years...

Debate on the Address: Safe Streets for All (17 May 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is a privilege to open this debate for the Opposition at a critical moment for our country. First, I would like to reiterate what I said during the urgent question earlier and to condemn absolutely the vile, antisemitic, sickening, misogynistic abuse we saw on the streets of London. That behaviour is never acceptable, and I hope that a strong message goes out from right across this House...

Debate on the Address: Safe Streets for All (17 May 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: On the hon. Gentleman’s first point, just like I will listen to voters in parts of England, I hope that he will listen to the voters in Wales, where we won three of the four police and crime commissioners and a Labour Government achieved the best result in elections since the advent of devolution, showing that Labour in power actually works. [Interruption.] He scoffs at the voters of Wales....


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