Results 1–20 of 769 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Joanna Cherry

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: Before I turn to the subject of this debate, I want to pay tribute to those who are currently in Manchester commemorating the events that happened a year ago today, and I am very proud to say that Scotland’s First Minister is attending those commemorations. On behalf of Scottish National party Members, I offer our condolences to the families of the bereaved and to send our best wishes...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: Yes. The hon. Gentleman is right to draw attention to that, because the violence reduction unit works with the health service, schools and social workers to observe what is going on and to create lasting attitudinal change in society rather than just a quick fix. Some mention has been made today of heavy sentences. Heavy sentences do not work. That is not my view but the result of research....

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: Displaying to those who carry a knife the evidence of the awful results of carrying a knife has worked in Scotland. As I said a moment ago, gang members were brought in to a court setting and they heard evidence from the mothers and girlfriends of young men who had been killed by knives. That kind of education really helps. When I worked as a prosecutor, I became aware that a lot of young...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: I will make some progress, if the right hon. Gentleman does not mind. We are not complacent in Scotland. The problem has not gone away, so tackling violent crime must remain a key priority. That is why my colleagues in Edinburgh, in the Scottish Government, have invested over £14 million in violence reduction programmes for young people since the SNP came to power in 2007. I pay tribute...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: I am very conscious of your strictures on not taking too long too long, Madam Deputy Speaker, so I am going to wind up now, and I will not take any more interventions. This is one area where Scotland and the Scottish Government really do have a good news story to tell. Until about 10 years ago, Scotland, and Glasgow in particular, were notorious for violent crime. That is now a historical...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that there is a vast number of reasons beyond sentence length for the reduction in knife crime in Scotland? It would be wholly false to give the impression that the reduction in knife crime in Scotland is down to sentencing, because there is a lot more to it, as the shadow Home Secretary said.

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (22 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: When we had a debate on this matter in Westminster Hall last July, I was not the only MP who said that many of their constituents were really exercised by the plight of this lady. I still get emails from constituents about it. Am I really in a position to assure them that the British Government are doing everything they can?

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: The Scottish National party is pleased to add its support to this Opposition day motion. From the outset, we have urged that no stone should be left unturned in ascertaining the causes of this terrible tragedy, ensuring that appropriate lessons are learned and, most important of all, seeking justice for the families of the victims and for the survivors. I am particularly grateful to you, Mr...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: Again, it is a no-brainer that these people need immediate access to the best mental health services that public money can provide. If, as seems likely, none of this should ever have happened in the first place, and if the responsibility lies at the door of the state, there will be all the more pressure on the state to provide the necessary services. I am conscious of the time pressures...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: I agree wholeheartedly. This is a question of priorities and of where funds are committed. I understand that the council has huge reserves, so could it not dip into them to meet the requirements? Even with a squeezed budget and without adequate powers to fully resist Tory austerity, the Scottish Government have managed to commit to an ambitious programme of home building, and I want to say a...

Grenfell Tower (16 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: We need have both affordable housing and social housing. The point is that not everyone can afford to buy their own home any longer, especially in this great city of London, where prices are out of the reach of most people, including most Members of Parliament. Building affordable homes and providing social housing has to rise to the top of the agenda in England. It has already done so in...

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: An independent report published just a couple of months ago shows that 70% of the population of Scotland is eligible for legal aid, yet less is spent per capita on that aid than in England. With a bit of imagination, there could be wider availability of legal aid in England. Scotland shows that it can be done.

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: As I was saying, public legal education in Scotland begins at an early stage. Human rights is part of the curriculum for excellence that is taught in Scottish schools, and it is a core element of the health and wellbeing module of that curriculum. Schools in Scotland work in collaboration with organisations such as Amnesty International to deliver the human rights element of the curriculum. I...

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: I very much encourage those who have benefited from a free legal education in Scotland and beyond, and who are now doing well out of being lawyers, to engage in pro bono work. I am proud that the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland do that and encourage firms and individual advocates in Scotland to do it too. I will return to that in a moment. The Edinburgh Napier law clinic...

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: Yes, I have. My constituency office in Edinburgh South West, on Dundee Street in Fountainbridge, is next door to the local citizens advice bureau in Fountainbridge library. We work closely together on this sort of issue. Citizens Advice provides an amazing service. In my experience, Members of Parliament who work in conjunction with it can have successful outcomes in fighting issues of...

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Joanna Cherry: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. I congratulate the hon. Member for North East Hampshire (Mr Jayawardena) on securing this important debate and on speaking so well in it. I do not want to be a churl, but I have to correct something that he said when he referred to the British legal system. It is not a nationalist point I am making. I can assure him that many...


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