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Results 121–140 of 851 for speaker:Julian Knight

Emergency Summit on Knife Crime (22 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: The west midlands is gripped by a gun and knife crime epidemic, while the police and crime commissioner sits on his reserves and closes police stations such as my own in Solihull. Is not it time that, in this summit, we looked at the structure of West Midlands police, and rolled up the powers of the police and crime commissioner with those of the regional Mayor, better to tackle knife crime?

Overseas Electors Bill: Prompt to register as an overseas elector (22 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: That is a very interesting point, and I am quite staggered that 7 million people overseas could be enfranchised long term if the 15-year rule falls. That is very telling. Is it not true, in terms of my hon. Friend’s reflection on the EU referendum, that when the establishment wants to do something it will put its shoulder to the wheel and get it done? Is it not the case that with this Bill,...

Overseas Electors Bill: Prompt to register as an overseas elector (22 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: I thought earlier during my hon. Friend’s speech about the GDPR issue, which our hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Neil O’Brien) has raised, but the truth of the matter is that, throughout government, people find ways to comply with GDPR. I do not think it is beyond the wit of registration officers to find a way for my hon. Friend’s new clause 1 to be operable within the confines...

Overseas Electors Bill: Prompt to register as an overseas elector (22 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: My hon. Friend is generous, as ever, in taking interventions. Is it the case that the earlier people register, the less of a bottleneck and a jam there is, and the more likely we are to ensure a robust system, and that those who register are bona fide and legitimate? We have seen in more recent elections that people voted in one place when they should have been in another.

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend the Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers), who is respected and acknowledged throughout this House as a champion not just of her own constituency but of communities across the UK, and the Jewish community in particular. There can be few if any constituencies in the whole of our country that are not affected by the shadow of the holocaust. In...

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: That is an interesting question, and there are people in the museum communities much more qualified to answer it than me.

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: I thank my right hon. Friend for that clear explanation, and I am delighted to have been an interlocutor between her and my hon. Friend the Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart).

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: I give way to my right hon. Friend to answer that.

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: I shall move on. This Bill should not be seen as a rebuke to those who drafted and passed the original Act 10 years ago. The whole point of sunset clauses is that they make us revisit previous pieces of legislation, test their underlying assumptions, and decide in the light of new evidence and experience whether and how to update the law. That is good legislative practice. In this instance,...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill: Extension of Civil Partnership (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: Thank you for calling me so early in the debate, Mr Deputy Speaker. Let me add my comments to those of other Members about the tragedy—the abomination—that has been unfolding in New Zealand overnight. As one who represents a very diverse community in Solihull, I have seen at first hand just how disgusting religious intolerance is: not so long ago, a pig’s head was left at a mosque. I...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill: Extension of Civil Partnership (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: I thank my hon. Friend. He is a very compassionate and good friend of mine, and he is absolutely correct. I just wish we could have done this sooner, but we are here now, getting it done, and that is thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham. I am pleased that the Government are taking the opportunity provided by the Bill to review the way in which we record...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill: Extension of Civil Partnership (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: I could not have put it any better myself; that is absolutely the right approach and the right thing to say, and we are correcting that wrong in this place today. As well as allowing for official investigation, the Bill opens the door to providing official recognition to babies who are born dead before the current deadline, allowing their parents to name them and have their birth officially...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill: Extension of Civil Partnership (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful speech and it is really interesting to hear the thoughts of his parliamentary assistant, who feels similar to me. Does he agree that people of faith—I am a person of faith—also have to have strength in their faith to understand others who do not have that faith and in order perhaps to allow them complete equality under the law?

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill: Extension of Civil Partnership (15 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: On that specific point about financial matters, does my hon. Friend therefore think that that should also apply to pensions and the passing on of pension rights?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Imprisonment of Offenders (12 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: What the Government’s policy is on the use of imprisonment for offenders.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Imprisonment of Offenders (12 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: I support the broad thrust of ensuring that sentences work, particularly for female offenders. Does the Secretary of State agree that at the same time we should look at early release and whether it could be recalibrated to improve prison discipline?

Exiting the European Union (11 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: I have no legal training whatsoever—apart from, perhaps, a brief passing acquaintance with libel laws as a journalist—so I cannot give any tedious lectures on legal jiggery-pokery, but I do go door knocking, and every weekend people say to me that we need to leave the EU in an orderly fashion. Does my right hon. Friend agree that if what he has announced satisfies Government Members over...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Sports Coverage (7 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: This lunchtime sees the official launch at Lord’s of the women’s parliamentary cricket team, which will attract media coverage. Will the Secretary of State, on International Women’s Day, wish the venture all success? Will he perhaps offer a word of congratulation to my senior parliamentary assistant, Megan Williams, who has gone to huge efforts to make this happen and will be captaining...

Petition - Closure and Relocation of Solihull Post Office (6 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: My constituents are deeply concerned by proposals from the Post Office to close its large, accessible branch in Mell Square, in the town centre, and to replace it with a counter on the first floor of the nearby branch of WHSmith. An official public consultation on the move by the Post Office closes today. Although it invited residents’ views on many important questions, especially regarding...

EU Exit Preparations: Ferry Contracts (5 Mar 2019)

Julian Knight: It is not just here that we see the Opposition parties not acting in the national interest, because the same applies to statutory instruments. It is a constant refrain. Does my right hon. Friend agree that the only way of taking no deal off the table is by voting for the Prime Minister’s deal? It is time for the Opposition parties to put narrow party politics aside.


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