Results 1–20 of 549 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

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...

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Last year, in a Westminster Hall debate, the then childcare Minister told me I was scoring cheap political points and should be ashamed of myself when I raised the issue of funding policies and of how nurseries were at threat of closure because of this policy. Recently, a Pre-school Learning Alliance survey said that one in three nurseries fears being driven out of business because of this...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I thank the Minister for his constructive response; I must say, he is much more constructive than his predecessor. I welcome his saying that he will look after the interests of the prisoners who have been mentioned in the debate. However, there are a few questions I would still like to hear him answer; perhaps he can write to me. I understand that he did not have time to respond to all of the...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I beg to move, That this House has considered British prisoners in Iran. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. Many hon. Members, and many people watching the debate across the world, will be aware in some sort of manner of my constituent Nazanin Ratcliffe. The reason I called this debate—why I think it is important to discuss the issue in the House—is...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: That is no excuse for evading responsibility for a young mother, a British citizen, who has been detained in Iran, and a three-year-old daughter who has been separated from her mother and father. Those excuses are used by the Government to evade responsibility.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. There are problems with Iran as a whole in terms of human rights. In this debate, I will concentrate on my constituent Nazanin, and Kamal Foroughi, who the hon. Gentleman may be aware of.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I will call on the British Government to do a lot more.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I am going to make some progress before taking interventions. I know that a lot of hon. Members want to come in and I will take interventions. Before I do that, I want to outline the plight of my constituent Nazanin. Gabriella’s short life has already been spent in exile. After they were unlawfully detained at the airport, what followed was a shambolic process of secretive courts,...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I will mention the hon. Lady’s constituent later in my speech. I agree with her about access to medical treatment, but it is not just physical treatment, as hon. Members will be aware. Mr Hollobone, I am sure you will agree that if a woman is separated from her husband, her daughter and her family, it has an impact on her mental health as well. Through the monitored conversations that...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Richard Ratcliffe lives about 10 minutes down the road from me. Theirs is a family I can relate to. It is like many young families in my constituency. I am pleased to say that Richard is in the Public Gallery today listening to the debate. He has been tirelessly campaigning for the release of his wife and daughter since they were detained.


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