Results 1–20 of 160 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Naseem Shah

Gujarati Community in the UK (30 Oct 2019)

Naseem Shah: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. Like my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow West (Gareth Thomas), it is unusual for me to agree with the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman), but I thank him for securing this timely debate. I have a small, minority Gujarati community in my constituency, predominantly of Muslim heritage. I take this opportunity to...

Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Oct 2019)

Naseem Shah: Women who face sexual abuse often stay silent and suffer alone. They blame themselves for the shame and guilt that they feel. They break down and cry alone because they feel that no one will ever believe them, and they fear repercussions if they speak out. The fear of not being believed means that brave women put on a smile and go about their daily lives, an example of which we heard from my...

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap (17 Oct 2019)

Naseem Shah: As we begin to understand the gender pay gap, does the Minister agree that, because the race pay gap is bigger than the gender pay gap, we should start to compel companies to publish their figures on that?

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Naseem Shah: I would like to put my thanks on record for the leadership shown by both Front Benches on this important Bill. For me, the debate is very personal, because domestic abuse has shaped everything I stand for and is what put me on the journey into Parliament. It is brilliant that once the Bill goes through women will have services available and we will have enshrined the definition of abuse in...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Naseem Shah: I agree with my hon. Friend and thank her for that timely intervention. Twenty-seven years ago, when Zoora Shah did not have the right services, she went to prison for 14 years. At the time, she did not tell her story. I am talking about this in this debate because I want to talk about specific services for BAME women, especially specialist services that understand domestic abuse, as my...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Naseem Shah: I thank my hon. Friend for his comment. I absolutely agree with it, which is why I am so passionate. I teach and deliver the diversity session at the national police strategic command course, because I want my experiences to influence that change so that we have a reflective workforce—the police officer, judge and solicitor I mentioned—for all these women. Importantly, we must recognise...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Naseem Shah: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Naseem Shah: I thank my hon. Friend. Does she agree that the victim should be central to making decisions about housing? In Bradford, Staying Put will go in and change the locks at no financial cost to the victim and support them in obtaining injunctions and non-molestation orders, so that the victim feels empowered and the process is centred around them.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Naseem Shah: I thank the Minister for giving way and welcome his speech. He talks about extraterritorial powers. My constituent Samia Shahid was lured to her rape and murder in Pakistan, but we were unable to pursue that as an investigation. Will this measure include provision to cover that?

European Union (Withdrawal) (3 Sep 2019)

Naseem Shah: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman. He has referred many times in his speech to accountability. Within that vein of accountability, may I ask him a simple question: on what date did he become aware of the Prime Minister’s intention to prorogue Parliament?

Toeic: Overseas Students (24 Jul 2019)

Naseem Shah: The truth remains that the Home Office does not actually know how many people were cheating. The truth remains that 35,000 people had their visas revoked as part of the Home Office and the Government’s anti-immigration atmosphere and hostile environment. That is the truth. Lots of people gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, of which I am a former member, and the truth is that the...

Women and Equalities: Hate Crime Action Plan (12 Jun 2019)

Naseem Shah: First, can I ask or perhaps suggest that all this whataboutery is parked, because it does not suit this House? Perhaps my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield Central (Paul Blomfield) had access to my question, because I would also like to ask the Minister this. As we are speaking about the hate crime action plan, will she distance herself from people whose comments directly lead to an...

Definition of Islamophobia (16 May 2019)

Naseem Shah: rose—

Definition of Islamophobia (16 May 2019)

Naseem Shah: As vice-chair of the all-party group on British Muslims, I thank my colleagues, my hon. Friend the Member for Ilford North (Wes Streeting) and the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry), for applying for this hugely important debate and the Backbench Business Committee for granting it. Truth be told, when I look across the House today, I realise this debate is not just about the...

Definition of Islamophobia (16 May 2019)

Naseem Shah: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention and he is absolutely right. The truth is that the Conservative party refuses to accept the definition accepted by over 750 Muslim institutions and organisations from across the spectrum, spanning from the Muslim Council of Britain, the largest umbrella body for British Muslims, to prominent Muslim women groups such as the Muslim Women’s Network,...

Backbench Business: Sharia Law Courts — [David Hanson in the Chair] (2 May 2019)

Naseem Shah: Does the Minister welcome, as I do, the finding in that review that, despite the fact that there is understood to be a conflict in very minute parts of sharia law, in terms of inheritance being discriminatory, in this country that would not apply because the rule of our law would override all of it in any case?

Backbench Business: Sharia Law Courts — [David Hanson in the Chair] (2 May 2019)

Naseem Shah: Does the Minister agree that the role that the Government have to play in these communities, as in any communities, is to support them in getting to where they need to be with sharia councils to make them compliant with our existing laws on non-discrimination regardless of gender?

Backbench Business: Sharia Law Courts — [David Hanson in the Chair] (2 May 2019)

Naseem Shah: The Minister mentions British values again. Does he agree with my view as a Muslim woman that there is no conflict at all between my Muslim values and British values?

Backbench Business: Sharia Law Courts — [David Hanson in the Chair] (2 May 2019)

Naseem Shah: Does my hon. Friend share my concern about the title of this debate, which refers to sharia courts, rather than sharia councils?

Backbench Business: Sharia Law Courts — [David Hanson in the Chair] (2 May 2019)

Naseem Shah: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I wear many hats in this debate, which I thank the hon. Member for Henley (John Howell) for securing. Contrary to the accusations of Islamophobia, I am a Muslim woman who is a member of the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims. We have just launched our definition of Islamophobia, which I am proud that the Labour party...


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