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Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voter ID Pilots (12 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Whether he has made an assessment of the operation of recent voter ID pilots; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voter ID Pilots (12 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: My hon. Friend knows well that elections are expensive to conduct. Sevenoaks District Council and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council do excellent jobs of conducting elections not just for themselves, but for this place and for the county council. Is she planning to consider ways of speeding up payments to those borough and district councils?

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: It is a privilege to speak here this afternoon on this important subject, and I pay huge tribute to my colleague and friend, the Chair of the International Development Committee, who has done an awful lot of work on this challenge, not just today but over many, many months. I also pay a huge tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell) who speaks with a...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I am grateful to my hon. and gallant Friend, alongside whom I served in Helmand and Afghanistan well over 10 years ago. We both had more hair at the time. The truth is that I am setting out this situation not to call into question the integrity or honour of the armed forces of our friends and allies, but to highlight the difficulty and danger they are entering into and the problems they face...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. These are real threats, and I am not denying them. Of course we would not put up with a rain of Iranian missiles falling on London, as they are today far too often falling on Riyadh and other towns in the region. We would respond. It is right that the Saudi armed forces are able to respond. I do not question their right of self-defence; I question...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: The hon. Gentleman demonstrates why he was such an appropriate choice for chairmanship of the Committee on Arms Export Controls. His knowledge and expertise are second to none. He makes a clear point, and he is absolutely right: it is not one side “wrong” and one side “good”; two sides are behaving abominably. Iran’s proxies in Hezbollah, who we see fighting...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: My hon. Friend touches on the point to which I was reaching: what is the effect that the Saudis, the Emirates and indeed Britain are trying to have in the region? That effect is clear: it is that Yemen goes from being a land of war to what the Romans called Arabia Felix—happy Arabia. At the moment, that is not possible, but what is true is that it demands that others play their part,...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: My right hon. Friend has served in uniform, as have I, and he knows the complexities of trying to run states that have collapsed. Does he remember, as I do, those moments in Basra after the invasion of Iraq in 2003? Many of us were on the streets, looking around and trying to establish which way was up, and the locals would come up to us and ask us things. Someone responded by saying,...

Idlib (10 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty), who has done so much to stand up for the voiceless in this matter. Does my right hon. Friend the Minister agree that there is much that this country can and should do? Only recently the Prime Minister stood where the Minister sits now and talked of the attacks we had faced from Russian chemical weapons. Should...

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: May I pay credit to my right hon. Friend the Minister for his closing words and thank him very much for his consideration, thought and leadership in foreign affairs in our country? He has been an inspiration to many of us. I also thank the members of the Committee who have supported this debate so ably and all those who have contributed. The one place that I wish to bring up finally is India....

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: My hon. Friend is making an extremely important point. Many of us would like to see greater co-ordination. While we recognise the skillsets that are particular to DFID, that does not take away from the co-ordination that could be so well done if experts such as the DFID permanent secretary, Matthew Rycroft, were able to work better with partners across Whitehall.

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I hope that my hon. Friend will forgive me for intruding just for a moment. Does he agree that the establishment of truth and facts is one of the fundamentals in building fair societies and therefore that the BBC’s role is not simply informative, but fundamental to the democratic survival of our partners and allies?

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: My hon. Friend is making an key point about that pipeline, but it is not just about that. When we see one of our important European partners invite a dictator to the wedding of the Foreign Minister, and we see them dancing together as though that dictator were some sort of champion of freedom and a partner of choice, and then at the end of the dance we see the Foreign Minister—the...

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I beg to move, That this House welcomes the Government’s aspiration to ensure the UK retains its influence and status as it prepares for departure from the EU; notes that for Global Britain to be more than a worthy aspiration the slogan must be backed by substance; further notes the threats to the international rules-based order posed, in particular, by the aggressive stance of the...

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I am grateful to my fellow Committee member for making that point; he is absolutely right. That is exactly why we have called this debate. We want to explore the depths of this question and to challenge and push the Government. It is no accident that the motion calls on the Government to publish their assessment. We want to ensure that the House has the ability to exercise power over the...

Brexit, Science and Innovation: Global Britain and the International Rules-based Order (6 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman, my fellow Committee Chair, for bringing that up, because he is absolutely right. The reality is that we have many people talking today as though isolation were a possibility or a desire, which is simply not true. The reality is that co-operation was what overcame the centuries of war preceding the building of the alliances that grew out of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Foreign Policy Co-operation (4 Sep 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: It is nice to see you after the summer, Mr Speaker. I welcome my right hon. Friend to his new position. The Foreign Affairs Committee looks forward to working with him to deliver a policy overseas that delivers for British people wherever they find themselves and in whatever difficulty they may be. On the EU and Europe, I want to ask my right hon. Friend about the defence of Europe. With an...

Syria (24 Jul 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I am saddened to hear the Minister say that this will take a political solution, because, sadly, the solution we are seeing is not a political one. The solution we are seeing is being bought by ammunition on the battlefield, by violence and by force. Sadly, we are seeing it spread not just from the population centres we have seen in the past, but to areas like Idlib and down to the border....

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty (23 Jul 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: Does my right hon. Friend agree that one of the great shames in this is that we have not brought a charge of betrayal against these people? Fundamentally, what they have done is not just to bring violence against people in Syria but to undermine community cohesion in this country. That betrayal against our own state—that sense of wrong done to the citizens of this country—is a...

Exiting the European Union: Economic and Social Rights (19 Jul 2018)

Thomas Tugendhat: I understand my hon. Friend’s position on guaranteeing UK rights—indeed, I respect her position, which is that UK rights need no foreign courts to guarantee them. Perhaps she can help me understand how she views the rights of others on our continent. The great achievement of many of our people in the past 50 years has been the extension of those rights, yet today I see lists of...


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