Results 1–20 of 369 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jess Phillips

Gender Pay Gap (18 Apr 2018)

Jess Phillips: I am ambitious, just as the Minister is, to change the culture. However, we are a very long way from that. What are the Government going to do to make it easier for women who now know what they have long suspected to raise this issue? The #PayMeToo campaign set up by my hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow (Stella Creasy) and many other women across this House has shown that it is not that...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Jess Phillips: I just want to say on behalf of the House that we are all very glad that my hon. Friend is brave enough to tell her story. For lots of people, it feels difficult to stand up and voice their story. I hope she is able to agree that one day it will all have been worth it to change something.

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Jess Phillips: I regret that there was not a parliamentary vote on this issue, but I wish to tell the Prime Minister and the House that she would have had my vote had I been asked to give it. In the future, however, it would be better were the country able to understand what was going on. I also rise to ask that everybody in this place try to have better faith in one another in critiquing whether this is...

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Jess Phillips: Thank you very much, Mr Hollobone. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield (Richard Burden) for a forensic trot-through of the problem that we face. I will not cover the same ground, but I associate myself with everything he said in laying out exactly how long we have been to-ing and fro-ing on this issue. I feel as if I am on a merry-go-round. I have been on it for only...

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Jess Phillips: Yes—you can imagine. As her MP, I know what it is like to sometimes have to disappoint her. The fact is that as my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield outlined, the most recent round of legal aid has been endorsed by the coroner as the only fair way for justice to be served in the appeal process. The reason given to the families for legal aid not being granted is that,...

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Jess Phillips: It certainly is not. I remember giving the figures on the day when the threshold for inheritance tax was raised to £375,000, when I stood up and told the Minister that, in my constituency, eight people would benefit from that, and they had to be dead. My husband said that that Budget day was a great day to be dead. That gives a bit of an idea of the property prices in the area that I...

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Jess Phillips: I could not agree more. There are probably endless quotes from the bishop who did the inquiry into the Hillsborough situation, and we will almost certainly face the exact same arguments when the Grenfell disaster eventually comes before inquiries, courts and inquests. This is not just about the families in Birmingham; it is about a standard of justice. It is a David and Goliath situation,...

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Jess Phillips: I would be an emeritus professor in street smarts. I feel that the Legal Aid Agency or the Government will eventually renege on this point. I associate myself with all the requests made by my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Northfield, but we have had to go around the hamster wheel again to ask whether, if the Legal Aid Agency is not the route for families, justice can be served...

Legal Aid: Birmingham Pub Bombings (27 Mar 2018)

Jess Phillips: Quite. I cannot remember where I was on that day, because I was not yet born, yet it has stayed in the history of the city that I come from and have lived in all my life. If Birmingham were cut, it would bleed still with this unsolved disaster. After years of quite rightly hearing about the miscarriages of justice for those who were convicted of the crimes, the victims in the story have been...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Jess Phillips: I rise today to keep my promise to every year remember the women killed by male violence since the previous International Women’s Day. As always, I owe the research of this list to Karen Ingala Smith and the Counting Dead Women project, which works in partnership with the Women’s Aid “Femicide Census” report. Women like Karen face a backlash for undertaking such...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Jess Phillips: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his remarks. I thank him for coming here to listen to the name of his constituent and for recognising that just because someone is in the know about domestic violence, as his constituent was, that does not protect them from male violence. I have met women who, on the face of it, people would never think would be victims. We want to cast victims as being one way...

Yarl’S Wood Detention Centre (6 Mar 2018)

Jess Phillips: I have a huge amount of respect for the Minister, but her statement that this happens only when people are at risk of absconding is not one that I recognise from immigration casework that I do every single day. A woman in my constituency rang the police because of a threat to kill her from a violent ex-husband. She was taken to Yarl’s Wood, not to a place of safety. We detained a woman...

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)

Jess Phillips: I, like everybody else, want to commend the work that was done by the Leader of the House, the shadow Leader of the House and everybody else on the working group. One hundred hours—I would definitely have lost the will to live halfway through the negotiations. Everybody worked really, really hard. The report has been done relatively quickly for this place; it is the quickest thing I...

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)

Jess Phillips: That does reassure me to some degree. My concern is that the complainant, as is always the case in such instances, has to do an awful lot of work. We need to make sure that they are supported all the way through the process. There is also the issue of equality of arms. As Members, we are much more powerful than most people and we are much more frightening than most people. [Interruption.] I...

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)

Jess Phillips: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman, who is loquacious today.

Business of the House: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (28 Feb 2018)

Jess Phillips: I totally recognise that and I am very happy with the progress that has been made. I personally felt listened to throughout the process, and I thank the Leader of the House and the shadow Leader for that. The system will need to be tested as we go through it. Lots of people have talked about review. It will be strength-tested by those who go through it. We have to ensure that, when the first...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: International Peacekeeping (20 Feb 2018)

Jess Phillips: What steps he is taking to support international peacekeeping efforts.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: International Peacekeeping (20 Feb 2018)

Jess Phillips: In the light of ongoing reports of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers, does the Minister agree that increasing the number of women peacekeepers is a vital part of addressing the crisis in the long term? Will she also tell us the proportion of peacekeepers from the UK who are women and what plans she has to increase their representation on UN deployments?


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