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Imprisonment of Catalan Leaders (15 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: I know that the Minister, like others on the Conservative Benches, values highly freedom of speech. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are protected under the European convention on human rights. Does he agree with the International Commission of Jurists that these convictions for sedition “represent a serious interference” with freedom of expression, freedom of association and...

Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria (15 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: On Radio 4 this morning, there was harrowing testimony from a British woman who is a volunteer ambulance driver in the region about the atrocities that she has witnessed. There is a big Kurdish community in Scotland, and they have a community centre at Dumbryden in my constituency. I know that the Kurdish community in my constituency will be very keen to know, as I am, what assistance the UK...

Procedure for Appointing Judges — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairpersonship, Mr Sharma. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East (Stuart C. McDonald) on securing this important debate. What a pleasure it is to speak after the Chair of the Justice Committee, the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill). I will begin by declaring a few interests. Not...

Procedure for Appointing Judges — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: I was not aware of that. Certainly my party, the Scottish National party, believes that MPs should devote themselves full time to that job. That is why I have been a non-practising member of the Scottish Bar from the moment that I was elected. I would find it rather curious if a Member of Parliament were, in the modern age, sitting in a judicial capacity. I think that would rather interfere...

Us Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria (8 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: The Kurdish diaspora has a sizeable presence in Scotland, with a community centre at Dumbryden in my constituency. I know they would wish me to remind the UK Government of the debt we all owe the Kurds in relation to defeating Daesh, so can the Minister confirm that the United Kingdom Government recognise that they have a moral obligation to help the Kurds, rather than just leaving them to...

Us Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria (8 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: The Kurdish diaspora has a sizeable presence in Scotland, with a community centre at Dumbryden in my constituency. I know they would wish me to remind the UK Government of the debt we all owe the Kurds in relation to defeating Daesh, so can the Minister confirm that the United Kingdom Government recognise that they have a moral obligation to help the Kurds, rather than just leaving them to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Judiciary: Independence (8 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: I thank the Lord Chancellor for speaking out in favour of the independence of the judiciary. Lord Hope of Craighead, a former Deputy President of the Supreme Court and Lord President of the Court of Session, has pointed out that “The Supreme Court justices were careful to explain in their judgment” on the Prorogation case “that they were not pronouncing on political questions. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Judiciary: Independence (8 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: Yesterday a Scottish court recorded the Prime Minister’s unequivocal promise to comply with his statutory duties under the Benn Act. The judge, Lord Pentland, said: “it would be destructive of one of the core principles of constitutional propriety and of the mutual trust that is the bedrock of the relationship between the court and the crown for the prime minister or the government to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Judiciary: Independence (8 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: I thank the Lord Chancellor for speaking out in favour of the independence of the judiciary. Lord Hope of Craighead, a former Deputy President of the Supreme Court and Lord President of the Court of Session, has pointed out that “The Supreme Court justices were careful to explain in their judgment” on the Prorogation case “that they were not pronouncing on political questions. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Judiciary: Independence (8 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: Yesterday a Scottish court recorded the Prime Minister’s unequivocal promise to comply with his statutory duties under the Benn Act. The judge, Lord Pentland, said: “it would be destructive of one of the core principles of constitutional propriety and of the mutual trust that is the bedrock of the relationship between the court and the crown for the prime minister or the government to...

Operation Midland Independent Report (7 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: False allegations of sexual assault and abuse may be rare, but they do happen. They harm not only the wrongfully accused, but those who have been the victims of sexual assault and abuse by making it less likely that they will be believed, and I say that based on my experience of three years as a sex crimes prosecutor in Scotland’s national sex crimes unit. Does the Minister agree that the...

Operation Midland Independent Report (7 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: False allegations of sexual assault and abuse may be rare, but they do happen. They harm not only the wrongfully accused, but those who have been the victims of sexual assault and abuse by making it less likely that they will be believed, and I say that based on my experience of three years as a sex crimes prosecutor in Scotland’s national sex crimes unit. Does the Minister agree that the...

Us Tariffs: Scotch Whisky (7 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: I must say that it is wonderful to hear a UK Government Minister recognise the enormous value that Scotch adds to the UK economy. I hope he will remember that next time his colleagues try to suggest that the Scottish economy is some kind of basket case. The North British Distillery, which is in my constituency, is one of Scotland’s oldest and largest grain whisky producers, and is a very...

Us Tariffs: Scotch Whisky (7 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: I must say that it is wonderful to hear a UK Government Minister recognise the enormous value that Scotch adds to the UK economy. I hope he will remember that next time his colleagues try to suggest that the Scottish economy is some kind of basket case. The North British Distillery, which is in my constituency, is one of Scotland’s oldest and largest grain whisky producers, and is a very...

Withdrawal Agreement: Proposed Changes (7 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: It has been interesting to watch the Minister’s position morph from “We are prepared to leave without a deal” to “We will be leaving without a deal” in the course of this afternoon. Is he aware that in Edinburgh at lunchtime today, the Court of Session accepted from the Prime Minister “unequivocal assurances” that he would comply with the Benn Act? Is the Minister now departing...

Withdrawal Agreement: Proposed Changes (7 Oct 2019)

Joanna Cherry: It has been interesting to watch the Minister’s position morph from “We are prepared to leave without a deal” to “We will be leaving without a deal” in the course of this afternoon. Is he aware that in Edinburgh at lunchtime today, the Court of Session accepted from the Prime Minister “unequivocal assurances” that he would comply with the Benn Act? Is the Minister now departing...

Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate (26 Sep 2019)

Joanna Cherry: If the worst thing the Irish could say of the European Union is that it made them vote twice, I can imagine they have a lot worse things to say about their relationship and their union with England. This week, we had a sterling reminder from the United Kingdom Supreme Court that in the UK we live in a constitutional democracy with checks and balances on Executive power. We were also reminded...

Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate (26 Sep 2019)

Joanna Cherry: Perhaps if the Government brought some proper business forward, there would be more people here. I want to return to what Lady Hale said. The judgment of the Supreme Court this week was not very complicated. Many Government Members suggested yesterday that it made new law—it did not. Lady Hale was simply expressing a principle that goes far back in the Scottish constitutional tradition and...

Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate (26 Sep 2019)

Joanna Cherry: No, I will not give way. The Scottish Conservatives—and sometimes, I am afraid to say, the Scottish Labour party, but in fairness, not the English Labour party—often like to peddle the myth that the Scottish independence referendum was a violent affair. It was not. I was there. It was a celebration of democracy, and I am pleased to say that nobody lost their life. I return to the Brexit...


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