Results 1–20 of 291 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gavin Newlands

Domestic Violence Refuges: Funding — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Gavin Newlands: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Robertson. I apologise to you and hon. Members present for not being here at the start of today’s debate; I was involved in an accident on the way here. I appreciate your forbearance. I start by congratulating the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) on securing today’s debate, and the Backbench Business...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Gavin Newlands: I thank the Prime Minister for her statement—it was certainly optimistic. Last week the Irish Government showed the UK Government what effective negotiation looks like. Given that there was zero mention of any devolved Government in her 10-minute statement, may I ask the Prime Minister why the Irish Government have more influence on the UK’s position than the democratically...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Gavin Newlands: Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker. I was concerned that I would be unable to shoehorn a mention of Paisley 2021 into a speech on prison reform in England and Wales, but you have managed it for me, so thanks very much. I will carry your best wishes back home on the 4.55 pm flight, if I make it to Heathrow on time. It is also an honour, as usual, to follow the hon. Member for...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Gavin Newlands: Absolutely. I could not agree more. In addition, we are going to close the Cornton Vale prison in 2020, demolish the old facility and move 80 women who need more security, as well as having five new community facilities, which the £1.5 million additional investment will pay for. Another area where the UK Government may want to take inspiration from the Scottish Government is the policy...

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Gavin Newlands: I think I got away with that one. Lord Wallace said the policy was a “welcome and imaginative extension of the presumption against short sentences.” Former Labour First Minister, Henry McLeish, also supports the policy, saying that 60% of those who are imprisoned for three months or less are reconvicted within the year. Therefore, this imaginative policy from the Scottish...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Gavin Newlands: As we have heard, we will find out later today the winner of the competition to be UK city of culture 2021. Despite starting the process as an outsider, Paisley, after running a great campaign, is now one of the favourites—I am sure that we will do it. May we have a statement on this competition to raise awareness of the winner and our campaign?

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Gavin Newlands: Will the Minister give way on that point?

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Gavin Newlands: I was going to have a watching brief in this debate and hold my tongue because there have been many great speeches to why Swansea should be the city of culture. Based on the football element, the Minister will be aware that the local football side St Mirren has renamed its stadium the Paisley 2021 stadium in support of the bid. That highlights the huge support it has across Paisley,...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Gavin Newlands: If the Secretary of State is so confident that we in this place, the media and the general public are misinterpreting what may or may not have been in the draft agreement, will he publish it to clear things up?

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: The last time I spoke on this matter, I said that I welcomed the opportunity to make another contribution on the WASPI issue, but that was over 18 months ago, and I do not welcome having to make this argument again. It is absolutely ridiculous that this Government have refused to help these women, whose only crime is to have been born in the 1950s. Although the original mistake goes back to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO North Atlantic Command (27 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: What discussions he has had with his counterparts in other NATO member states on the location of the new NATO North Atlantic Command.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO North Atlantic Command (27 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, but with Russian submarine activity in Scottish waters at a level not seen since the cold war—just last week, the Russian destroyer the Vice-Admiral Kulakov was escorted through the Moray firth—how can the Secretary of State reassure Scots that, when the command is re-established, it will meet the needs of Scotland, which sits in a...

Anti-bullying Week — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (23 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: I thank all the contributors to today’s debate. We have heard some extremely powerful testimony—none more so than from the hon. Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore), who spoke of his harrowing experience. I think I speak for all of us when I say that he is a credit to himself for coming through that and reaching where he is today. The hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell)...

Anti-bullying Week — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (23 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: I beg to move, That this House has considered Anti-bullying Week. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship for the first time, Ms Buck. I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting this important debate. Although parliamentary business meant that this debate could not take place last week, during Anti-bullying Week itself, I am delighted that this debate is now able to take...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Human Rights (16 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: May I press the Minister following the answer that he gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Livingston (Hannah Bardell)? Last week, in front of the Exiting the European Union Committee, the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr Baker) stated that the Government believe that the Human Rights Act can be relied on in place of the charter of...

House of Lords Reform: Lord Speaker’s Committee — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh East (Tommy Sheppard) on securing the debate and leading us off so thoughtfully and powerfully. It was not for the first time that I agreed with every word he said. I want to start on a positive note—or at least as positive a note as I can muster—by welcoming...

House of Lords Reform: Lord Speaker’s Committee — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: I could not agree more. That is the point almost every contributor has made thus far, apart from the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire. It is obviously a given that, in 2017, we should not appoint any unelected member to a legislative body. To be honest, as somebody who has been campaigning for Scottish independence since I was nine years old, I never feel more strongly about...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (13 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: A constituent who is a family friend of Nazanin attended my surgery at the weekend to convey her fears over Nazanin’s mental wellbeing, as she has now been separated from her daughter for more than 500 days. The Foreign Secretary said that he would visit Iran sometime later this year. Can he guarantee that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that Gabriella will see her mum by the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

Gavin Newlands: I will take the hon. Gentleman’s place, Mr Speaker.


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