Results 1–20 of 368 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Gethins

Saudi Arabia: Anticipated Executions (17 Jul 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I thank the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) for raising this issue today. The death penalty for political protest is something that horrifies any democrat. With that in mind, we have serious concerns about whether the Government are using their powers. The Minister confirmed that the Prime Minister has raised this matter, so was she satisfied with the response? If...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Exiting the EU (11 Jul 2017)

Stephen Gethins: Given the Prime Minister’s appeal to these Benches to help her out today, where does the Foreign Secretary think there are areas for compromise?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Topical Questions (11 Jul 2017)

Stephen Gethins: Does the Foreign Secretary agree that if there is to be an extension of military action in Syria there should be a full debate and vote in the House?

Perth’S Cultural Contribution to the Uk (5 Jul 2017)

Stephen Gethins: My hon. Friend is making excellent points about why Perth should be the city of culture. Does he agree that Perth is the ideal location, not least because some of the areas nearby, such as North East Fife, would benefit hugely from Perth’s city of culture statue?

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I start on a European theme, which is apt. The Prime Minister called the election because she was concerned about the opposition to her ideas on our future relationship with Europe. In response, the electorate made politics in this place that little bit more European: no one party holding a majority and parties being forced by the electorate to work together is common in other European...

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I thank the, at the moment, former Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee for that intervention, but what he makes clear and what we came to a collective decision on was that this will be damaging for the UK. It is damage that we are causing to ourselves, and that we can do something about it. We are willing to compromise. The Scottish Government’s publication, “Scotland’s...

Brexit and Foreign Affairs (26 Jun 2017)

Stephen Gethins: My hon. Friend, as usual, makes an excellent point. In this Parliament we will seek to build on the good work he did in his previous role as our international development spokesperson, especially with reference to the 0.7% commitment. Perhaps the Foreign Secretary will also mention that. In conclusion, my appeal is that we continue to work together. Our European neighbours remain our closest...

Exiting the European Union: Employment and Workers' Rights (27 Apr 2017)

Stephen Gethins: After these questions, we go into a general election that, as the EU has already said, will make very little difference to its negotiations. It has a lot more to do with exploiting a civil war on the Labour Benches and preventing yet another civil war on the Tory Benches. In terms of workers’ rights, what about those who are currently in work? This week, Diageo announced that there...

Exiting the European Union: Employment and Workers' Rights (27 Apr 2017)

Stephen Gethins: Well, I think the issue of job losses is very important. Will job losses be a priority?

Exiting the European Union: Employment and Workers' Rights (27 Apr 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The reason that the SNP is outpolling the Tories so highly is that we are united in getting behind workers’ rights and getting a decent deal in Europe. The Secretary of State has put aside these negotiations for narrow political benefit, which he will not have in Scotland. What is he going to do about these threats to jobs?

Legislating for Uk Withdrawal from the EU (30 Mar 2017)

Stephen Gethins: Scottish National party Members think that the triggering of article 50 made yesterday a sad day for everybody in Europe, including everyone in these islands. The EU has for years brought us peace, stability, security and prosperity. We are turning the clock back 40 years, and I am glad that the Minister reminded his own Front Benchers that devolution exists now in a way that it did not 40...

Treaty of Rome: 60th Anniversary (21 Mar 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I am grateful to the Minister for his helpful and thoughtful comments. Will he take this opportunity to reflect on the education sector in particular? As I mentioned, the principal of St Andrew’s is visiting, along with a number of colleagues, and the university sector is important across the United Kingdom. It is an area of particular concern, and I would be grateful if the Minister...

Treaty of Rome: 60th Anniversary (21 Mar 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The Minister will be aware from visiting the University of Glasgow, where I suspect he met Professor Anton Muscatelli, that there has been a debate among academia and the business community, and on a cross-party basis in Scotland, about having differential immigration systems in the UK. That could help to bridge the gap between England and Scotland on this issue. What consideration has his...

Treaty of Rome: 60th Anniversary (21 Mar 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I beg to move, That this House has considered the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. It is good to be here today under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I think this is the second time that I have had the opportunity to do this. This week, as you will be aware, leaders from around Europe will gather in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the treaty of Rome. I thought that...

Treaty of Rome: 60th Anniversary (21 Mar 2017)

Stephen Gethins: My hon. Friend always makes excellent points, and she makes a particularly good point on this issue, on which membership of the EU has complemented those rights. I would be encouraged if the Minister reflected on our continued commitment to the rights that we enjoy as European citizens. We also benefit from the EU because it makes the UK greener. EU legislation is having a direct impact on us...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (13 Mar 2017)

Stephen Gethins: That is the extraordinary basis on which this is debated. My honourable colleague from the Foreign Affairs Committee forgets that it is his own Government who have already told the people of Ireland that they need not choose between the European Union and the UK, just as Scotland need not choose between trading with the UK and the rest of the EU.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (13 Mar 2017)

Stephen Gethins: No, I will make progress. If we pass the Bill today, we will be passing this Government a blank cheque on one of the most crucial issues that this Parliament has ever discussed, an issue that will have an impact on each and every one of us and each and every one of our constituents. Let us not forget that we will be handing a blank cheque to a Government who are forced to deny their own...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (13 Mar 2017)

Stephen Gethins: Not at the moment. It is the House of Lords, of all places, that has given us another opportunity today to save the House of Commons’ blushes. We will be voting for a meaningful vote today, although of course we would also have wanted to see a greater role for the devolved Administrations.


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