Results 141–160 of 434 for speaker:Heidi Allen

Informal European Council (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I can see that the Prime Minister is genuinely and sincerely disappointed not to have been able to reassure EU citizens ahead of the formal negotiations. In the light of the rapidly shifting landscape—for example, Trump’s divisive immigration policies and how that situation is making people in this country feel—if the deal with fellow nations is not done as early in the negotiation...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: If the cynics among us genuinely believe that there could be countries out there that are not prepared to do this, should we not now, more than ever, lead by example?

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I am just curious. I support the Prime Minister’s intentions and most definitely her sincerity in aiming to achieve such a deal, but does my hon. Friend agree that if that moment does not come as soon as she would like, she should review the idea of unilaterally offering EU citizens their rights and just put everybody out of their misery, because that is the right thing to do?

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I want to speak briefly about new clauses 171, 173 and, principally, 57. I am proud to represent my constituency, which is home to some of the most impressive academic and scientific research in the world. We attract and grow the most innovative brains, and we do that by looking outwards rather than inwards. I know that the Government have confirmed that all EU legislation will simply be...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I entirely agree. I think that what is most important is for Ministers to listen to organisations such as those in my constituency in order to understand what they need. I am pleased that the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has visited Cambridge twice since Christmas, because he is clearly listening, but we in the Chamber are not the experts. Those organisations are, and we...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I regularly speak to members of the University of Cambridge, because a couple of its colleges are in my constituency. Although numbers have not fallen so far, I know that they are very worried about what will happen in a couple of years. Universities are a fundamental part of what is great about this country, and they deserve our protection. That is why we need to look fully at the...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: Absolutely. I speak as a woman with a German mother. I think that on some occasions my father would be quite pleased if my mother were sent back. [Laughter.] He would agree with me about that. However, I do understand the rifts that this is causing in the community, particularly in my constituency, which is bursting with citizens of every nation in the EU who have families and relatives....

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I am sure that my hon. Friend has made an accurate point. I suppose the point I am trying to make is that while there may be legal and administrative realities ensuring that people would never be sent home, the perception and feeling of those people is more important. We should cut through the red tape and give them clarity, because that is what they deserve.

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: That is a valid point, but this should not just be about a piece of paper and whether a form has been completed. We already know of cases in which people’s applications have been turned down. This is not just about citizens who have been here for five years or 10 years. Every day, brains and skills come to my constituency. Should I discriminate against someone who has been here for two...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: You will be pleased to know that my speech is very short, Mr Howarth, so I do not have much more to get through.

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: If the interventions are long, my speech will be short. Let me say this to my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper). Nothing is perfect, but should the policy that we make be based on a few bad apples or on the rights of thousands of fabulous citizens who come here and contribute? What we are discussing today is whether we should be offering unilateral rights to them...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I hope that my hon. Friend will forgive me if I do not. I wish to make a bit of progress, but I will give way again later. Until we have that resolution, however and whenever it comes, this will prey on the minds of families and our NHS, and will damage the collaboration that is vital to the scientific and academic organisations in my constituency. Many of my constituents have lost all sense...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: My hon. Friend asks whether the Bill is the right place for such a proposal. Should it be that we in this country need legislation to orientate our moral compass?

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill: Parliamentary approval for agreements with the Union (7 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I agree with my hon. Friend about Parliament’s vital role in scrutinising the Bill. For me, it is about the only way that we will bring the 48% with us, because they are feeling very left behind at the moment. In practical terms, how can we achieve that scrutiny? If the deal is not good enough, what can we actually do to change it?

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I rise to respond to my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham). I was with the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) in Dunkirk on Monday, and I came away thoroughly depressed and really angry with the French authorities for letting this happen again. It took me a few days to digest what I had seen, and I came away feeling that it was...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I mean this with no disrespect to my hon. Friend—I completely understand her point—but the problem is that Europe reacted too late, so these families and children had already made the journey to Greece and Italy and are trapped there. If we do not contribute, who will take responsibility for them?

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Heidi Allen: I take the House back to April 2016 when, in response to the national outpouring that followed the dreadful and unforgettable image of poor little Alan Kurdi washed up so limply on a beach, this Government made a commitment in legislation to help some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who had escaped persecution and war and made it to European shores. The Dubs amendment was a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Trade (1 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: What assessment he has made of trade opportunities for Scotland after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Trade (1 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: I am a bit scared to ask my supplementary question because I think my Scottish National party colleagues have had three Weetabix this morning. My question is about exports, of which Scotland has made a fantastic success, particularly in food and drink. How confident or worried should we be if we come out of Europe that those markets will be damaged, and what can the Government do to support them?

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Children (2 Mar 2017)

Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what each response was from those local authorities which replied to her letter of September 2016 requesting confirmation of how many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children they could accommodate.


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