Results 1–20 of 761 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Daniel Zeichner

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: On behalf of the Petitions Committee I thank all Members who made contributions today. It has been a civilised debate. The Minister reflected that the turnout in the Chamber was a decent one, but I have to say that I expected rather more Members—in fact, I expected a rank of Vote Leave supporters on the Government Benches to explain and defend their actions. I quite understand why they...

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 223729 relating to rescinding Article 50 if the Vote Leave campaign broke electoral laws. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. The petition raises an issue that is clearly timely, lively and of huge interest, because almost 200,000 people have signed it in less than three months, including more than 1,000 people...

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. As I rather thought, almost immediately we start getting pulled into the legal arguments. His point is a reasonable one, but of course there are arguments back and forth, and many of these things remain to be tested in court, as is so often the case. However, he might make that case. The point that I am making, and this is a theme that...

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his intervention and I very much agree; in fact, I will come on to that point a bit later. It is a very important point and, of course, it would have been helpful for all of us if the Government had pursued that option to make things clearer, so that we could all have made a sensible decision. However, another theme of my speech is the lack of clarity...

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s observation. I do not think anyone would dispute the layers of complexity and difficulty, and the greater difficulty presented by social media. For some of us who have been grappling with electoral law over many years, social media makes it a whole lot more difficult, and I suspect we all know that we will need to update our procedures to try to cope...

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: My hon. Friend jumps ahead a little, but entirely correctly, to my conclusions. Over the next few minutes, I will show some of the inconsistencies and the need to update our rules and laws, and I very much hope that the Minister will listen closely. Returning to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s conclusion, that was an extraordinarily strong statement, which frankly...

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I very much agree with my hon. Friend and near neighbour. There are so many aspects of the matter that could be explored today, some of which I suspect others will choose to pursue. Returning to the general proposition about how these issues should be dealt with, some look to the Venice Commission for guidance. The commission’s guidelines on constitutional referendums, to which the UK...

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for making those points. I quite understand that there is another, more attractive option coming up soon in the other Chamber, and I will be in no way offended if he leaves. On his point about whether there can be an independent arbiter, I am slightly dubious. We are all sufficiently experienced, even in local contests, to know that that would be a difficult...

Vote Leave Campaign: Electoral Law — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (10 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I thank my hon. Friend for her suggestion. I am just remembering some bleary-eyed politicians trying to recalibrate in the middle of the night, and I am wondering how quickly such a briefing note could be produced accurately. This is a theme of what I have been saying, but I am not sure that one can design legal systems to cope with all these things. In the end, these are political judgments,...

Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (Money): Cycling: Gilligan Report (4 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I thank the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon (Layla Moran) for allowing me to use a couple of her precious minutes and congratulate her on securing this debate. It is really good that we have the opportunity to discuss cycling in our great cities, even though the debate was triggered by a curiously mixed bag of a report. Unfortunately for those of us in Cambridge, it contains a...

Ceramics (Country of Origin Marking): Civil Liability Bill [Lords] (4 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: This Bill claims to hand power back to consumers and the Government say that it is a mechanism to lower insurance premiums, but I agree with a number of the contributions from my side of the Chamber stating that that is far from proven. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers points out that in 2017 the motor insurance industry made profits of more than £250 million—the biggest...

Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning (4 Sep 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: We have learned this week that the European Medicines Agency has cancelled all its contracts with our highly regarded Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. That is not theoretical; that is now. What assessment has the Secretary of State made of the impact on our life sciences sector? Is this an indication of how well it is all going?

Use of Chamber (Women MPS of the World Conference): A14 Cambridge-Huntingdon Upgrade (19 Jul 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: A lack of information from Highways England about when and for how long the disruptions would last created a great sense of frustration for them. Information communication has improved a little throughout the process, but it could have been got right from the outset. When the works began, the original problem was that the signage for the diversion was widely felt to be inadequate, and it was...

Use of Chamber (Women MPS of the World Conference): A14 Cambridge-Huntingdon Upgrade (19 Jul 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I am grateful for the opportunity to consider in the House the very important issue of the problems caused by the diversions implemented during the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon upgrade. This really matters to my constituents. One has contacted me today to say they have moved house because of the upset, and another emailed me this morning promising to tune in to this debate from where they are...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (19 Jul 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: This week, the Office for Budget Responsibility followed the Institute for Fiscal Studies in pointing out that there is no such thing as a Brexit dividend. Given that the OBR was set up to provide expert advice to the Government, may we have an assurance that there will be no more talk from Ministers of this fantasy Brexit dividend?

Govia Thameslink Franchise (18 Jul 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: “Not functioning properly” is a woeful understatement of the continuing misery that passengers from Cambridge are enduring. It started with the cancellation of peak-time services on Monday morning, when people who wanted to go to Kings Cross were told that they would be better off going to Liverpool Street. The previous evening I read in the Cambridge News that people who went to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: UK Science Base: Funding (17 Jul 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: I am sure that the Minister saw the recent report from the Office for Life Sciences, which showed that R&D investment in the pharmaceutical sector fell from £4.9 billion per annum in 2011 to £4.1 billion in 2016—a decline of £800 million per annum. To what does he attribute that, and given that life sciences are so important, what does he plan to do about it?

Eu: Future Relationship White Paper (12 Jul 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: On page 78 of the White Paper, which deals with science and innovation, there is talk of association with and participation in research schemes in the future. Back in May, the Prime Minister talked about having influence in those schemes. Why has the ambition been so watered down?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (12 Jul 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: Yesterday, senior industry leaders were in Westminster as part of the Prince of Wales’s corporate leaders group, which is facilitated by the Cambridge-based Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Industry will be key in tackling the environmental challenges of the future, but when will the Government acknowledge that far from being a burden, intelligent regulation is the key...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Daniel Zeichner: The Under-Secretary of State for Justice, the hon. and learned Member for South East Cambridgeshire (Lucy Frazer), wants to close the magistrates court in Cambridge. What assessment has she made of suggested ways to keep a magistrates court in Cambridge, and when will she make a decision?


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