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

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I do absolutely support that and I will come to it in a moment but, to deal with the first part of the hon. Gentleman’s question, he seemed to imply that I did not understand the value of war memorials. I absolutely do. The difference is that this Bill has now been extended to every form of memorial, including statues of slave traders. It really sums up the problem with the Government’s...

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

Nick Thomas-Symonds: With great respect, the hon. Gentleman identifies a complexity, but I think he agrees with me that that difference in the law—the 15 and 25-year tariffs—is not justifiable as it stands and needs to be equalised. The need for overdue action brings me to elements of the Bill that have taken too long to introduce, but which we welcome. My hon. Friends, often working across the parties, have...

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

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Yes, I was not aware of your position on the Bill, Madam Deputy Speaker. I have not finished my speech yet, so the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West (Stuart Anderson) will just have to wait for me to complete my argument. As welcome as this measure is, the Labour party is clear that it does not go far enough. As my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda said, we need to consider the...

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

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Absolutely. The Government could press pause on the Bill and bring the whole House together. Research has shown that, during the pandemic alone, one in six of our shop workers have been abused on every shift, with 62% of UK shop workers experiencing verbal abuse and almost being threatened by a customer. There have been awful examples of attacks on other frontline workers, who have been spat...

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

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I will always bow to the right hon. Gentleman’s guidance on parliamentary procedure, but we took a final decision to vote against this Bill. Let me say to Government Members that I will make it clear when I agree with the Government on something, but as I move on to other aspects of my speech, I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman will see that there are other parts of the Bill that also...

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

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Having understood the attitude of the Government in 2018, perhaps it is not surprising how slow this has been.

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

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Let me make some progress; I have taken a number of interventions. I come to the police covenant and frontline police officers across the country. Like the Home Secretary, I meet the chair of the Police Federation and work with him on a regular basis. Only in recent days, I met my local officers in Gwent—virtually, of course—with hon. Friends and listened to the work that they are doing....

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

Nick Thomas-Symonds: That is a wonderful intervention to take; I am sure we will all be delighted to hear that. The Government could do more on the issue I was discussing. For example, tutors and driving instructors are not included, and I hope that the Home Secretary will look at that again. Another area where some measures are welcome is in parts of the review from my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham...

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

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I think the hon. Member needs to reread the Bill on the scope of the provisions, frankly, because it is extraordinarily loosely drafted. Rights of access to the countryside were hard won through the protests of previous generations. I do realise that there is some ill feeling between this Prime Minister and his predecessor, the right hon. Member for Maidenhead, but I did not realise that it...

Policing and Prevention of Violence against Women (15 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I thank the Home Secretary for coming to the House to make a statement and for advance sight of it. We come together at a time of national grief and what must now be a time of change. The news of Sarah Everard’s death is heartbreaking for us all and our thoughts are with her family and friends. Although I of course appreciate the legal sensitivity of the case, reports around its...

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Public Expenditure (11 Mar 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the net cash requirement allocated to her Department for 2020-21 has exceeded the amount provided by the Main Estimate by £1.25 billion; and if she will provide a breakdown of the spending areas the additional funding has been allocated to.

Policing (England and Wales) (10 Feb 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I would like to begin by putting on record our continuing gratitude for the selfless service, bravery and professionalism shown by our police officers and police staff. This pandemic has been a powerful reminder—not, frankly, that one should have been needed—of the risks they take daily on our behalf. I say to the Minister that warm words are not enough. It is scant recognition for these...

Policing (England and Wales) (10 Feb 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is nice actually to take an intervention. That is not something we can do regularly in House debates at the moment, but on the point raised by the hon. Gentleman in his attempt to criticise the Mayor of London, I have to say that the Mayor of London has been taking action on violent crime. The rise in violent crime is right across the country. In terms of prioritising police officers for...

Policing (England and Wales) (10 Feb 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Indeed, the Minister confirms that is what he would say. However, we know that in fact police forces have been incredibly stretched. Even with the promises of additional officers, there are huge budget pressures elsewhere, and that is why many forces have had to freeze police staff recruitment. Since 2010, there has been a fall of more than 13% in police staff numbers. Police staff across the...

Home Department: Topical Questions (8 Feb 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I would like to begin by wishing the right hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (James Brokenshire) a swift recovery following his recent surgery. Hotel quarantine for travellers will be introduced on a far too limited basis for 33 red list countries on 15 February, more than 50 days after the South African variant was discovered in the UK. To prevent a variant reaching our shores that...

Home Department: Topical Questions (8 Feb 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: First, the Labour party has not flip-flopped on this. The 14-day blanket quarantine was only necessary because of the Government’s own failure on testing. Secondly, although the Home Secretary and I have had plenty of discussions about it, she was very clear about her own views last March that the border should have been closed, and we have all seen that on the video. Is it not true that...

Covid Security at UK Borders (1 Feb 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am very grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way on that point, because it is absolutely right that I mentioned the blunt tool of a 14-day quarantine back in June last year. That was because the Government did not have their own test, trace and isolate system up and running to avoid the blunt tool of a 14-day quarantine. The point was about the failure of the Government, not the...

Covid Security at UK Borders (1 Feb 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Of course we would need exceptions, but surely the Minister must agree that the starting point has to be a comprehensive position, and that that is what will secure our borders.

Covid Security at UK Borders (1 Feb 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I beg to move, That this House calls on the Government to immediately introduce a comprehensive hotel quarantine system for all arrivals into the UK, thereby securing the country against the import of new strains and maximising the effectiveness of the country’s vaccination programme; to publish the scientific evidence which informed the Government’s decision not to introduce a...

Health Measures at UK Borders (27 Jan 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful to the Home Secretary for her statement and for advance sight of it. We stand here today with knowledge of the terrible fact that more than 100,000 people have died as a result of this awful virus. We mourn all those lost and think of the families for whom life will never be the same again. In marking that fact, it is not enough to say, “Let us wait to find out why Britain has...


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