Results 121–140 of 1477 for speaker:Nick Thomas-Symonds

Antisemitic Attacks (17 May 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I commend the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon) for securing the urgent question. What we saw and heard in the footage from the streets of London yesterday was vile antisemitism and sickening, threatening mysogyny. Those who engage in that appalling, terrible behaviour should feel the full force of the law. Time and again, we have seen these attacks aimed at the Jewish community....

Public Health (26 Apr 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I beg to move, That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 7) Regulations 2021 (S.I., 2021, No. 150), dated 12 February 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12 February 2021, be revoked. The House meets as the UK reaches a critical moment in our battle against the coronavirus. In the past year, the British people have shown...

Public Health (26 Apr 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: No, I am not suggesting for a moment that such a system should be in place forever, and clearly there has to be scientific evidence about that. However, we certainly need to be at a more advanced stage of our own roll-out before we give such consideration, as the right hon. Gentleman suggests. The comprehensive hotel quarantine system should already have been in place. The second weakness in...

Public Health (26 Apr 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is clearly about our own vaccination roll-out, but it is also about vaccination rates around the world, as the hon. Gentleman knows. However, I point out to him and to his right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean that this system should already have been in place, and I have been arguing for it for several months. I had the same debate with the Minister two months ago, back in...

Public Health (26 Apr 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I have already indicated that it is not my intention to push the motion to a vote. I simply thank everyone who has contributed to the debate, particularly my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) and my hon. Friend the Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell), who spoke very movingly about the situation faced by her constituent. I urge the Minister to...

New Plan for Immigration (24 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful to the Home Secretary for her statement and for advance sight of it. She said in her statement that the asylum system is broken, and she talked about a persistent failure of the rules. They are stark admissions for a Conservative Home Secretary whose party has been in power for 11 years. The truth is, we have seen Conservative failure across the board. The Home Secretary...

Home Department: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: First, I would like to pass on the thoughts of those of us on the Labour Benches to police officers and to local residents who were victims of the unacceptable and inexcusable violence we saw in Bristol yesterday. Officers should never face that kind of behaviour as they undertake their work to keep us all safe, and anyone involved in those violent and appalling scenes should face the...

Home Department: Topical Questions (22 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The problem is that the longer we wait, the worse the situation becomes. More than two years have passed since this Government announced their end-to-end rape review, and there has been no action. In that time, rape convictions have shamefully fallen to the worst on record—an all-time record low. Systemic change is needed, but action is urgently required, so I put another suggestion to the...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [2nd Allotted Day] (16 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [2nd Allotted Day] (16 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way. Last year, the Government spoke about additional protection for war memorials. We all understand the value of war memorials. What we did not agree to, and I have never agreed to, is locking up people for 10 years for damaging all memorials, including those of slave traders. That just sums up everything that is wrong with the...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The House meets today in the shadow of the tragic loss of Sarah Everard, and I know the whole House will be united in sending our thoughts to her loved ones at this time of unimaginable pain. In an incredibly moving tribute, her family said: “She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives.” Sarah was just...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Because the existing laws deal with those issues. The Conservative party is not making the case for the additional powers. The right to protest to those in power—including the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, the hon. Member for Croydon South (Chris Philp), who waves his Order Paper at me—is extremely precious. I declare an interest as a proud trade unionist and refer to...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Parts of the Bill could have been removed and we could have had a cross-party discussion on making the rest of it work. The Government have failed to take that approach.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I will come to other concerning aspects of the Bill in a moment, but it says a great deal that when I am talking about the great British tradition of the right to protest, it is a Conservative Member of Parliament who stands up to challenge it. That is quite remarkable. Let me turn to what is needed to address the appalling issue of violence against women and girls. To our shame as a country,...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Absolutely. The cancellation of that workstream is entirely wrong. I say to the Home Secretary that the offer is open on that. The letter has been sent to the Home Office; reply and engage with us on the Opposition Benches.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful for that, and when the Home Secretary returns to the Home Office, I would be grateful if she could dig out the letter and respond. That would be extremely useful—it was sent on 29 January, for reference.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right and I will come on to that issue in a moment, when I have some proposals to put forward. Ministers risk sending out an awful message on the level of importance that they attach to violent crime. The Government want a maximum penalty of 10 years for damage to statues. No Government should ever send out a signal that the safety of a statue carries greater...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I asked the Home Secretary earlier in the statement to tell me how many people convicted of rape were actually sentenced to life imprisonment, and she could not answer the question. The answer is hardly any. Ninety-nine per cent. of reported rapes do not even get close to a court, and then we hear the Minister trying to come to the Dispatch Box to boast about the rape statistics—absolutely...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about the importance that is being put on statues over women, and the Government should be ashamed. This comes at a time when—

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: In one moment, because I need to deal with the issue of the rape statistics that has been raised. We are seeing fewer people being prosecuted and convicted for rape than at any time since records began, and that is at a time when the number of reported rapes is increasing. What message do the Government think that that sends to victims about coming forward? As I said to the Minister—he is a...


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