Results 1–20 of 585 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tulip Siddiq

Oman, Uae and Iran (11 Dec 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I thank the Foreign Secretary for giving us an update about his visit to Iran. I am pleased to hear that he raised the plight of dual nationals and called for their release on humanitarian grounds, but what response did he get from the President of Iran, and other authorities, when he pressed for the release of my constituent, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe? Does he have any indication of what the...

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I thank the hon. Lady for her speech. I have long argued for e-voting, because I believe that is the right way for us to go forward. Does she think it quite strange that the reason I was given for not introducing e-voting was that all Members need to be in the Chamber to listen to the debate—even though 650 Members of Parliament do not fit in the Chamber at the same time?

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Party leaders and most MPs share the objective of achieving equal representation. Almost all of them also accept that there is more to do in order to succeed. The recent general election put the number of women in the House of Commons up to 208. That is just short of double where we were in 2001, when there were only 118 female MPs. Progress is not as fast as I believe we need it to be, but...

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I thank my hon. Friend. People would stare at me because they were not used to seeing, for a start, women under 5 feet, or loud-mouthed women of colour working in Parliament. I went on to work as a researcher, a press officer and a special adviser, and then left Parliament and came back as an MP. In every layer of the party that I have described, whether special adviser, press officer or...

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Yes, and I pay tribute to the right hon. Lady as Chair of the Committee. The Committee works very well together and constructively, and its members are from all political backgrounds—people have different viewpoints, but we do a good job. She is absolutely right. What we want is an extension of something that already exists. We do not think it is a huge ask. I fear that, given the...

Voter Registration (No. 2) Bill: Passports: Parental Identification (1 Dec 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Travelling with one’s child should provide lasting, happy memories. From seeing how our little ones react to their first flight to watching how they take on their first journey on the channel tunnel, travelling with a toddler can prove both thrilling and—as I am sure you are aware, Mr Speaker —stressful in equal measure. However, for a growing number of parents in the UK,...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (28 Nov 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: This Budget was guided by the political considerations of the Tory party, rather than the day-to-day reality faced by my constituents in Hampstead and Kilburn. It was well briefed before the Budget that the Chancellor’s hands would be tied, but I refuse to accept that Brexit allows for a total cop-out and a Budget that is so utterly feeble in confronting London’s problems. In the...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (13 Nov 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: My constituent Richard Ratcliffe wrote about his wife’s case in the Evening Standard: “My complaint is not that her imprisonment has become a diplomatic incident this past week. It is that it wasn’t for the 19 months that came before.” That shows the sheer dignity with which my constituent has been campaigning for his wife’s release for 19 months. Richard has...

Counter-Daesh Update (7 Nov 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: My constituent, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been in prison in Iran for 18 months now. She is separated from her daughter, often in solitary confinement and denied access to medical treatment—all because she was a British citizen having a holiday in Iran. The Foreign Secretary, his Ministers and even the Prime Minister will be aware of this, because I have raised the case countless...

Sexual Harassment in Parliament (30 Oct 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I welcome the Leader of the House’s constructive proposals to tackle this serious issue, but over the weekend I read some worrying articles saying that Whips’ offices from all political parties and senior members of the Government held information about sexual misconduct by their own MPs but stayed quiet because of fear of sabotaging their career and bringing the Government into...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: For the purposes of this debate, I declare that the Prime Minister of Bangladesh is my aunt. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Bethnal Green and Bow (Rushanara Ali) for securing this important debate. As everyone has said, the situation is not a recent phenomenon. Myanmar’s history shows that the systematic oppression and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya has been going on for...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I agree wholeheartedly with my hon. Friend. My mother described the women and children. Women are the largest group in the refugee camps, and they are dead behind the eyes. My mother is not a stranger to suffering. She fought in Bangladesh’s independence war in 1971, in which 3 million people were killed—it is called a genocide. She said that what she saw in the refugee camps has...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: The hon. Lady has done an enormous amount of work both in the Rohingya camps and, more generally, in chairing the all-party parliamentary group on Bangladesh. The situation is so disgraceful because this is not fake news; it is real human suffering. I will be going to the Rohingya camps in December, but I do not need to go there to know what is happening on the ground. We need to speak up for...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: My constituent Jessica Simor, QC, from Matrix Chambers has done important work on the legal status of revoking article 50, and she is of the opinion that it can be revoked. The Supreme Court case that the Prime Minister referred to rules that the Government cannot trigger article 50 without an authorising Act of Parliament. Article 50 provides for the notification not of withdrawal but of an...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I have read them.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: When a Conservative former Attorney General looks at a Bill and describes it as an “astonishing monstrosity”, it is clear that somewhere something has gone wrong. When a Conservative former Chancellor of the Exchequer says that we are facing the prospect of frittering away parliamentary democracy, something is not as it seems. When hundreds of thousands of people, whether it is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I agree with my hon. Friend’s point. There are 17,000 EU nationals who live in my constituency, and they constantly come to my surgery because they are worried about the half-baked practice papers that are being put in front of them. In terms of the London economy, which my hon. Friend also mentioned, by 2020 a quarter of the GDP of the entire country will come from London alone. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking and Refugee Children (11 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: When she plans to publish the Government’s strategy on the safeguarding of unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking and Refugee Children (11 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Statistics from the organisation Every Child Protected Against Trafficking show that just in 2015593 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing from care. Charities such as the Refugee Council and the Children’s Society have recommended that independent guardians be appointed for such children, to protect them in future. Will the Minister consider this in the safeguarding strategy?

International Day of Democracy: British Citizens: Consular Support — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for mentioning the case of my constituent Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been imprisoned in Iran for 18 months, separated from her daughter and husband. She is a dual national, as he said. She has been refused consular access countless times. Does my hon. Friend agree that where there is a pattern of a country denying consular assistance, the Government...


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