Results 201–220 of 1333 for speaker:Jess Phillips

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Defences for victims of domestic abuse who commit an offence (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I thought the hon. Gentleman was intervening on me before I had even spoken, which would have been a bold move. I did not know where we were going with that, but I echo the hon. Gentleman’s words. I do not think anyone would ever question the dedication of the right hon. Member for Maidenhead to domestic abuse services. I knew her in my former life. When she was the Home Secretary, she...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Defences for victims of domestic abuse who commit an offence (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I cannot speak for the typo, but the new clause is almost exactly, word for word, based on what the Modern Slavery Act says about modern slavery. It may well be a typo, although, having said that, I cannot absolutely vouch for it not being one. However, as somebody who has had some success with my ability to write, I do find that the law is sometimes difficult to read. It could be a mistake...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Joint tenancies: removal of a tenant (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I am more than happy to answer that. I am quite fond of the particular bit of statutory guidance she refers to, because it did not actually exist until a woman who lived in the refuge where I worked took a case against Sandwell Borough Council regarding her local connections. Currently, the statutory guidance is explicit about refuge accommodation. This woman was living in a refuge, many...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Joint tenancies: removal of a tenant (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: No, they absolutely are carrying out their statutory duty, but the statutory duty is only about refuge—unlike the statutory guidance regarding servicemen and women, which is that they are allowed to move without local connection, recognising that base life does not necessarily mean that they are based in a place, so they might not have a local connection, as well as tipping the hat to...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Joint tenancies: removal of a tenant (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: If you are going to ask me a detailed question about tenancy law, I have prepared myself for that.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Joint tenancies: removal of a tenant (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: It absolutely cannot do that, and we must consider the politics of priorities in these circumstances. I do not pick these amendments out of the air, much as I love to pore over tenancy law. They are usually brought to me by people who have been in these specific circumstances. It is an incredibly pernicious thing, and it can be seen when people are left with problems, less so with damage to...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Joint tenancies: removal of a tenant (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: That is a reasonable point. This definitely happens, so I am more than happy for those issues to be dealt with as we go through this process. One thing about this Bill going through to the Lords is that it has some really keen experts who know an awful lot about housing law; I have been a licensed landlord through running refuges and other things, so I know a little bit about the law in this...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Victims of domestic abuse: data-sharing for immigration purposes (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I do not doubt the Minister’s sincerity in wanting to ensure that this matter is sorted out. She invoked the public, and she is right that the public would expect people to live within the rules. However, I think if we asked the general public, “Would you rather a rapist was not reported or that somebody got to stay in the country a bit longer?”, they would be on the side of ensuring...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Joint tenancies: removal of a tenant (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Joint tenancies: removal of a tenant (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: It is weird at the end stages, because we are now jumping around. We are now going to talk about joint tenancies, which is nothing like any of the stuff we have been talking about for the past few hours. I will speak to new clause 42 on joint tenancies and new clauses 43 and 44, which relate to local connection restrictions on survivors escaping domestic abuse. The impact of joint tenancies...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Proceedings under the Children Act 1989 (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: The case that I am about to read out has been sent to the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, the hon. Member for Cheltenham. I feel for him, because we can all get him to agree to things while he is not here. It is a bit like when you do not turn up to a Labour party branch meeting, and you end up being given every single position—you end up being chair and secretary. The case is one of...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Proceedings under the Children Act 1989 (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Definitely not, Mr Bone; I checked with all those involved in the case, and it is done—worry not. I have just been sending wild WhatsApp messages to that very effect. Also, I shall not mention anybody’s names or those of the courts. The allegations were that the father had exposure his genitals to his daughter and that he had been sucking her toes and fingers while she was asleep. The...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Victims of domestic abuse: data-sharing for immigration purposes (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. I want to begin by telling the story of my constituent Marian, who is a lovely woman. She was able to access the domestic violence destitution fund that we have been talking about today. She was in the middle of the process—thus proving that one does not get automatic, indefinite leave to remain from that scheme—of accessing potential...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Victims of domestic abuse: data-sharing for immigration purposes (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely agree. I would say it is very uncommon, when someone whose immigration status is either in process or unstable has come to see me for help about domestic abuse, for me not to get in touch, eventually, with the Home Office. That is absolutely the case. It is totally bread and butter that I would say, “I am going to take your case, and here are the things that you might need for...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Proceedings under the Children Act 1989 (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Proceedings under the Children Act 1989 (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Perhaps the Chair could help me with this inquiry. My hon. Friend is moving the new clause, but I have a specific case that I might want to share with the Committee. Is that permitted, for both of us on the Front Bench to speak? I will not do it now, while he is in the middle of his speech, but I thought I could give him a minute.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Proceedings under the Children Act 1989 (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: On a point of order, Mr Bone. Will it be all right that I share something after the shadow Minister has spoken on the new clause?

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Serving a court order on a person who has been subject to domestic abuse and is residing at a refuge (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I will withdraw the new clause, and I am heartened by the fact that the hon. Member for Cheltenham, who is no longer in his place, has spoken to the divisional lead in the family court. This is one of those situations where there may very well be regulations in place to allow the outcomes we want, but something is still going wrong, and an assessment and a change in this area is needed. I...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Use of bail in domestic abuse cases (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: On risk, the new clause seeks to amend the Bill to ensure that a proper risk assessment is done. Somebody in a case involving me was recently released under investigation, and no risk assessment of my safety was done.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Serving a court order on a person who has been subject to domestic abuse and is residing at a refuge (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. This new clause arose out of cases that occurred a number of weeks ago, which highlighted something frightening. Specialist domestic violence refuges have supported hundreds of thousands of people over many years. They are life-saving, provide sanctuary, and are established specifically to meet the needs of women and children who need...


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