Results 1–20 of 444 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Thomas Tugendhat

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I take the hon. Lady’s point and I hope she will take this in the spirit in which it is meant. I share passionately, as she knows, a desire for this situation to be addressed. I have written about the policy and I have condemned it very vocally, but one must recognise that this came out of a period when both parties were doing the same thing. I do not say that with any joy, but I think...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: The hon. Gentleman is making the extremely important point that, of course, racism is sadly not dead in our society; in fact, it is not dead in any society in the world. It is a blight on the minds of humans who seek to divide rather than to unite, and it is a great tragedy that we as humans have not been able to overcome it. Is there not, though, a moment of pride—the hon. Gentleman...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I stand corrected.

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I am deeply honoured to follow the hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes), whose passionate and fluent speech addressed so many of the questions that affect the way we are building our society today. Of course I will not agree with every one of her remedies, but the fact that she is bringing together a pluralist and multicultural society, and expressing that with such warmth...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: The hon. Gentleman is, of course, right, although one would be hard-pressed to say that Canada was not the legacy of empire. After all, the fact that there are so many Scots in Canada is a legacy of the English and French empires that stretched into Canada 200 or 300 years ago, but I appreciate the point he is making. To come back to talking about the United Kingdom, when we look around the...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. He will not know this, but I was a beneficiary of that entrepreneurial spirit. When I was learning to be a journalist, one of the papers that I worked for was Eastern Eye, a newspaper that was started by a couple of brothers in their bedroom, as it were, and is now an important voice for a major community in our country. We are focusing on the Windrush gift...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I am drawn to the hon. Lady’s speech and delighted to be here to hear it. What she says is quite true, but of course Britain did not stand alone, and does not stand alone now; we stand alongside our brothers and sisters, who have grown up with us and with whom we have grown up, who came from all parts of what was once the empire and is now the Commonwealth and who have enriched our...

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am very pleased that we are following on from a matter so close to Scottish hearts as we have just had; we are now going to take on another one that is very close to Scottish hearts, which is, of course, England and the World cup. This is a timely statement, because today, in only two hours, Russia is playing Saudi Arabia. I wish both sides the best of luck because,...

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. Although we did not look specifically at FIFA’s awarding procedures for these games, we know that they are mired in controversy. We hope very much that this tournament and the Qatar award will be the end of a process that has left a stain on an international organisation that should have our full support. The hon. Gentleman is of course right that...

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. He is absolutely right. As usual, in his assiduous reading of Committee reports, he has put his finger on the heart of the problem. In reality, we have very little confidence that the Russian authorities wish to either deter hooliganism or stop others from encouraging it, as we have seen politicians do. This is a matter of great concern, because as we...

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his extremely well-made points. We have looked at the resourcing, and there was an increase in resourcing for the embassy in Russia. We welcome the efforts of the Foreign Secretary in doing that, but he was—one must be fair to him—restricted by the expulsions that followed the attempted murder of two people in Salisbury, which has hindered the...

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I find it difficult to add anything other than congratulations to the Welsh women on defeating Russia. I firmly anticipate that the English men will emulate that in their very best traditions as soon as they get the chance.

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments. He raises some important questions on staffing numbers for the consular support being offered to fans. The Committee has highlighted the mobile consular sections—the mobile embassies, if you like—that will be going to England games. We have also recognised that those will not be going to all stadiums, and therefore fans from the United...

Foreign Affairs Committee (14 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: The Minister has made some extremely valid points. The fundamental point she makes is that it is not just up to the FCO. Everybody has an individual responsibility to make sure they are plugged into the systems being offered by Her Majesty’s Government, and it is essential to do that in advance. The first thing to do is to register for travel advice alerts and check the information...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

G7 (11 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the building of the international order, which has enriched us all in the freedoms that we now have, has been paid for not just with the industry of American and British diplomats, but with the lives of the soldiers given in wars and conflicts to protect the freedoms that we enjoy? Does she agree that protecting, defending and, indeed, expanding that order...

Yemen (11 Jun 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I am delighted to see my right hon. Friend joined on the Front Bench by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development and the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood); they demonstrate the joined-up effort that needs to go on here. However, has my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Middle East had...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Digital Railway Strategy (24 May 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: What steps he is taking to implement the digital railway strategy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (24 May 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for your indulgence—you have been very kind indeed. However, one thing that has been less kind to us, sadly, is the timetable changes on GTR and Southeastern. Many people in the constituency I have the privilege to represent, and indeed many in neighbouring areas, are commenting on the lack of capacity taking people into London in the morning and home at night to...


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