Results 1–20 of 146 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ranil Jayawardena

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith), for whom I have a great amount of time. I shall not continue the debate about the environment on this occasion, but I welcome her consideration of points of scrutiny. I have, however, come to a slightly different conclusion, as I will outline in a moment. It is a pleasure to speak to the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: Does the hon. Lady not accept that the European Union was very clear that until we triggered article 50 we could not begin any of the discussions to allow us to consider any of these matters?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (20 Nov 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: What recent steps she has taken to reduce the level of knife crime.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Knife Crime (20 Nov 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: My constituents in Yateley woke up to a nightmare after Halloween when they found that knife-wielding yobs had been on a slashing spree, including slashing car tyres and soft-top roofs. Some of them were as young as 12 and from outside my constituency. What is my right hon. Friend doing to ensure that the youngest in society cannot get their hands on knives and go on these armed rampages,...

Petition - South Western Railway (7 Nov 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: It gives me no pleasure to have to present this petition, which is of local residents against changes to the South Western Railway service, particularly from Hook and Winchfield—two much-loved and well-used stations. Services should be protected at all our stations. The petition states: The Humble Petition of people of North East Hampshire, Sheweth that urgent action must be taken...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: Inward Investment (1 Nov 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: Will the Secretary of State reassure us that the two important markets that he visited recently—Japan and Qatar—are committed to their current international business links with Wales? What plans do they have to expand that involvement?

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: The hon. Gentleman talks about constituencies, but if he is talking about open politics and fairer politics, will he make it his policy—indeed, is it Labour party policy—to allow the redrawing of boundaries so that they are fairer in themselves?

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: Welcome aboard!

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray, and to follow the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Jonathan Reynolds). I mention in passing to him that when I was knocking on doors on Saturday people might not have said what he has suggested, but they certainly did not say that what we need is a move to proportional representation. They tell me we have very important things...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: I would welcome the hon. Lady’s remarks if she had listened to what I just said: 14 million voters in the general election backed first past the post. Perhaps the desire to overrule people’s votes is why in other systems, such as the alternative vote, the person who actually won the election often ends up losing when second preferences are announced. I was pleased when Lord Fowler...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: I will in a moment, but I am very conscious that many people want to speak and therefore I do not wish to take too many interventions. That issue would become ever more prevalent as powers were devolved to local authorities and elected Mayors, so the public would grow even more dissatisfied with that political system and would not forgive those who had taken away their power to have the...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: I will challenge that in passing. We have proportional representation for the European Parliament—soon we will not, as we will not be part of the European Union—and people vote by party, so they do not get a say on whom their elected representative is. In fact, I contend that many people are not aware of who their Members of the European Parliament are. One person whose door I...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: I am here to talk about first past the post in the United Kingdom and that is what I intend to continue to talk about—[Laughter.] I am pleased that Opposition Members are listening so intently to my remarks. Let me reflect on the Liberal Democrats for a moment. They gained 1.8% of the seats in this year’s general election. In Poland, however, under a PR system, 29 seats were won...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: If the hon. Lady paid close attention, she would see that two candidates are put to Conservative party members in a first-past-the-post system. Moving on, I would hope that the House agreed that it is the right of each free citizen to vote for the person with the best judgment to represent them. We might disagree on the system, but I would hope that we would all agree about that. Under first...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: I will let the hon. Lady intervene in a moment, but I first want to make a point about Scotland, which she may wish to reflect on too. There are those who say that the effect of PR can be mitigated in terms of constituency connection through the additional member system used for the London Assembly, the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament. But I would argue that that creates two...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: All I will say is that that makes my point exactly—that system is a two-tier system with two classes of politicians, which is not what we should want in our country. We should want each of us to be elected on the same basis and with each of us accountable to our constituents and able to be thrown out by them if they disagree with us. We sit in the mother of all Parliaments, the home of...

Proportional Representation — [James Gray in the Chair] (30 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: As the hon. Gentleman is aware, with so many matters devolved to the devolved institutions, EVEL allows English Members to vote on English matters. I will make one further reference to the House of Lords. Lord Norton simplified the issues of PR and the ability of parties to form coalitions by saying that even though party A might have 40% of a vote and party B might have 20%, that does not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: May I commend my right hon. Friend for her pledge to build hundreds of new free schools? Does she agree that they are critical to drive up standards and increase parental choice, and is it not true that we are committed to creating a school system that works for everyone, while the Opposition want to hold everyone back?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: I warmly welcome the proposed review of the law in this area because, as the Minister will know, I have asked questions about this before. I want to reference the Library, which is usually a great source of information, and to thank it for its briefing paper for this debate, which states: “Unauthorised sites are frequently a source of tension between the travelling and settled...


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