Results 1–20 of 548 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nick Thomas-Symonds

Scallop Fishing: Bay of Seine: Business of the House (13 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Last Friday my constituent, Sarah Oakwell, spoke to me very movingly about the debilitating effect that ME has on her everyday life. Can we have a debate on the level of awareness, and on raising awareness, of ME right across our society?

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I thank the Security Minister for the way he has opened the debate. The Prime Minister said on 5 September: “based on a body of intelligence, the Government have concluded that the two individuals named by the police and CPS are officers from the Russian military intelligence service, also known as the GRU. The GRU is a highly disciplined organisation with a well-established chain of...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I totally reject the suggestion that we were somehow putting out lines similar to those of the Russian state. With regard to implications that the hon. Gentleman is trying to make about the Leader of the Opposition, I have looked carefully at what the Leader of the Opposition and his spokesperson have said about this in recent weeks, and it is pretty clear. His spokesperson has said:...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: What is an entirely sensible suggestion is to follow the procedure set out by the OPCW, and in doing it ourselves and by ourselves adhering to those rules, we are setting an example to the rest of the world about how to deal with the suspected use of chemical weapons.

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I will give way once more, and then I need to make some progress.

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend the Member for Derby North is not a member of the shadow Front Bench, the last time I checked. It is up to Back Benchers on both sides of the House to put their views as they see fit—[Interruption.] Looking at the Back Benches today, I look forward to the contribution of my hon. Friend the Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock). On 4 March, Sergei Skripal and his...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am quite happy to do that. When I set out the statements by the Leader of the Opposition, I was quoting both his words following the Prime Minister’s statement and indeed what his spokesperson said on his behalf. I will read again—I have already read it once to the House—what the Leader of the Opposition’s spokesperson said on 6 September, the day after the Hansard...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Well, that is the position. I have read out the position pretty clearly. It is the second time I have done so. I say to the Security Minister: we worked in a consensual way on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill and I hope that we can continue to do that in our response to this terrible incident and send out a very clear message that we are united in the measures that need to be...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I give way to my hon. Friend.

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I will continue the point. There are increasing checks on private flights, customs and freight, and the development of the new legislation to tackle hostile state activity. The Security Minister will be aware that we have been discussing that throughout the passage of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. Indeed, I and the shadow Home Secretary both...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I give way to my hon. Friend.

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The suspense as I wait for my hon. Friend’s intervention is starting to overwhelm me, but I will continue. The Opposition are of course pleased with the solidarity that has been forthcoming from the international community and with the action taken in support of the UK position. I again make it clear that we on these Benches will back any further reasonable and effective...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend asks a sensible question and then makes a sensible, practical suggestion about what the Government could do. The Security Minister is in his place and has heard the point made by my hon. Friend, who made the same point in an intervention on the Minister. If he addressed that issue during his winding-up speech, that would be useful for both sides of the House. If the Baltic...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Community police are the eyes and ears for our intelligence about what is going on in our streets. Cutting 21,000 police officers clearly has an impact on capacity. I urge the Minister to speak to the police Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Prior to this debate, there was an urgent question in which the issue of police numbers was repeatedly...

Police: Financial Sustainability (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: That is desperate.

Police: Financial Sustainability (12 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Rubbish.

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Minor and consequential amendments (11 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The UK national threat level, set by the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the security services, has been at severe or higher since 29 August 2014. We put on the record our debt of gratitude to the police and the security services for the work they do in keeping us safe. Since the terrible murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in May 2013, 25 terrorist attacks in the UK have been...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: On the point about consultation with a lawyer, I have offered a very practical solution. Will the Minister at least undertake to look at that before this Bill goes to the other place?

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I certainly will not be withdrawing my new clause. Continued participation in the European arrest warrant is vital for the security of this country. Can the Minister name another example of a Minister failing to vote for a part of a Bill he agreed with?

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Continued participation in the European Arrest Warrant (11 Sep 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I do not find that explanation convincing in any sense. Question put, That the clause be read a Second time. The House divided: Ayes 255, Noes 293.


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