Results 1–20 of 364 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tommy Sheppard

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Wilson. I had hoped that more Members would be present today, but I realise that this feels a little like a break-out group from the main plenary in the Chamber of the House of Commons. I have two preliminary points. First, the last time I replied to the hon. Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) in a debate that he initiated in Westminster...

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: I will take your guidance, Mr Wilson, but I am responding to the debate and those accusations were made. I want to put on the record that we attempted to protest about that lack of opportunity to represent our constituents, and I feel that a better Prime Minister would have acknowledged that and provided more time. Instead she was dismissive to the leader of my party, who then got into a row...

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: I fear not. I suspect that the Chair does not want us to get into a discussion about the events of last Wednesday. Let me turn to the motion before us. It is good that we are discussing this issue now, because it is topical and relevant. We are in the middle of a process that is all about relations between the United Kingdom Government and the devolved Administrations of the United Kingdom....

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: I am sorry, Mr Wilson. I thought I had 10 minutes, but I will bring my remarks to a close. At the moment, retailers and wholesalers in Scotland have different point of sale presentations, and different packaging on products. That is really not a problem—people are trying to make it one but it does not exist. Finally, my beliefs have been caricatured and mis- represented in this debate....

Glasgow School of Art (19 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: This was a cruel and gut-wrenching blow to the people of Glasgow, coming just as the refurbishment from last time was nearing completion. Last night in this House we demonstrated our ability to disagree with each other and have a vigorous debate, but I am pleased that this morning we are seeing all shades of political opinion in Scotland come together in solidarity with the people of Glasgow...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: It is important in this debate that we distinguish between competences, which are a list of nominal responsibilities, and power, which is the ability to exercise change in those particular areas. I have no doubt in my mind that we are in the middle of a process that is seeing a major transfer of power from the devolved authorities of the United Kingdom to the centre. I caution the hon....

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: That is absolutely the case. I say to the right hon. Gentleman that I do believe in devolution. I was a member of the Scottish constitutional convention that drew up the proposals, but I, like many people involved at that time, also respect the right of the Scottish people to become a self-governing nation if they so wish. It is disingenuous to say that, just because we support independence,...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: The hon. Gentleman is basically saying there would be a problem with which House would be the most legitimate at any given point if both were elected. Will he speculate on why so many countries across the world manage to have a bicameral structure with two elected houses without that problem arising? If he thinks that problem is fundamental to the structure of Parliament, should we not first...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: The hon. Gentleman makes the argument that many Members of the House of Lords have considerable expertise in certain areas of policy and that that benefits the apparatus of Government, but surely those people could be drawn in to advise the Government in many other ways, such as through setting up expert panels or simply having Government advisers. They do not have to be part of the...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: The hon. Gentleman is describing the various reforms to the House of Lords over the years, and I think he would agree that the process has stalled somewhat in recent years. All those reforms were motivated by people who wished to see the Lords become more accountable and were concerned that people were in a position to make laws that apply to citizens without being accountable. Does he agree...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing and Community Integration (18 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: What steps he is taking to provide people who have recently been granted asylum with support for housing and community integration.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Housing and Community Integration (18 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: The Government’s consultation report, “Integrated Communities”, said that the Government will “work with civil society and others to increase the integration support available to those recognised as refugees after arrival in the UK.” What specific measures are being taken to ensure that newly recognised refugees get the same support as resettled refugees?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: Why is the Secretary of State misleading Members of this House and misrepresenting the views of the Scottish Parliament? He must surely know that the Scottish Government have no objection to common arrangements and that there has been no attempt to have a veto. In fact, the Scottish Government have sought to have a partnership, with a common agreed disputes procedure when differences might...

Business of the House (14 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: The Leader of the House must surely be more concerned than most about how the way in which we do business in this Chamber is perceived by the outside world. Whatever happened on Tuesday evening, our procedures failed democracy in this country. The problem was not because of the number of votes, but because of the archaic and cumbersome method by which we vote, so will she bring forward, in...

Voter ID Pilot Schemes (6 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: We have a real problem in this country with democratic participation and engagement. At the last general election, 14.6 million people who were registered and entitled to vote did not do so. In all parts of the country, at every local election we do not have a majority of those who are entitled to vote taking part in the election. In other words, our democracy hangs by these very shoogly...

Voter ID Pilot Schemes (6 Jun 2018)

Tommy Sheppard: I am afraid I do not have time. That seems to be a problem so marginal as not to require Government attention. We also know that the public are not concerned: a survey released today by the Electoral Reform Society showed electoral fraud at the very bottom of a list of potential concerns the public have about the voting system


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