Results 1–20 of 214 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Holly Lynch

Business of the House: Court Closures: Calderdale (21 Jun 2018)

Holly Lynch: It is always a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Deputy Speaker. I sought to secure this Adjournment debate due to my desperate frustration 20 months on from the Government’s decision to close both Halifax county and family court, and Calderdale magistrates court, in October 2016. When the court closures were first proposed in 2015, I joined local magistrates to campaign for a merger...

Coastal Erosion — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (12 Jun 2018)

Holly Lynch: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I join colleagues in paying tribute to the hon. Member for Angus (Kirstene Hair) on securing this debate and I thank her for a detailed and engaging speech, in which she outlined that 17% of our coastline is at risk of erosion, along with the infrastructure that is inseparable from those seaside communities. She told us that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

Holly Lynch: I join the Minister in sending our sincere condolences to the family of the gentleman who sadly died in Walsall following the extreme flash flooding earlier this month. I also pay tribute to the emergency services and others who worked so hard to protect our communities during that period of extreme weather. Further to the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Bury North (James Frith),...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Holly Lynch: We have had an excellent debate this evening, and I thank Members from across the House for their contributions. To reiterate what my hon. Friend the shadow Secretary of State said in her opening speech, the Labour party welcomes this Bill and we will be supporting it this evening. Of course we will, however, be seeking to play a role in testing and tightening it in Committee, particularly on...

Women and Equalities: Domestic Abuse: Support for Women (17 May 2018)

Holly Lynch: What steps the Government are taking to support women who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Women and Equalities: Domestic Abuse: Support for Women (17 May 2018)

Holly Lynch: I am grateful to the Minister for that response. However, in 2016, the Ministry of Justice closed the courts in Halifax, and I hear from West Yorkshire police that it is now routinely taking up to 12 months for domestic abuse victims to have their cases heard in the neighbouring courts in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. How have we allowed that to happen? Victims are withdrawing from that...

Office for Product Safety and Standards — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Holly Lynch: In the spirit of cross-party working, the Minister might remember that on 29 January he responded to a Westminster Hall debate on a petition calling for greater regulation on the sale of fireworks. In response to an inquiry from my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick), he said that, regarding the sale and regulation of fireworks, “this new body”...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 May 2018)

Holly Lynch: is this weekend taking the unprecedented step of calling on the Secretary of State for Transport to resign, accusing him of repeatedly betraying our region over rail. Electrification is nowhere to be seen, trains are routinely overcrowded and delayed, and wheelchair users are left stranded when access lifts are broken or locked—all set against record ticket prices. Can the Prime...

Reduction of Plastic Waste in the Marine Environment — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (2 May 2018)

Holly Lynch: Before she finishes, will the Minister give way?

Reduction of Plastic Waste in the Marine Environment — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (2 May 2018)

Holly Lynch: I appreciate that the Minister is not feeling very well this afternoon, and I commend her for persevering none the less.

Reduction of Plastic Waste in the Marine Environment — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (2 May 2018)

Holly Lynch: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I join other hon. Members in paying tribute to the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) for securing this important debate. Like other hon. Members, on both sides, he articulated incredibly well how taking action on plastic waste will require a variety of approaches, not simply legislation. Like the...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill: Extent, commencement and short title (27 Apr 2018)

Holly Lynch: It is an honour to follow the right hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Stephen Crabb). He has been a fantastic supporter of this campaign from the start, which I and my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) have appreciated. I start by paying tribute to my partner in crime fighting, my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda, for his work in getting us here today. He is always...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill: Taking of samples under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (27 Apr 2018)

Holly Lynch: I will rattle through my speech, as I know we are pushed for time. I entirely appreciate and sympathise with amendments 4 to 6 and, following our discussions with Ministers, I understand the practical challenges of clauses 4 to 6, but I want to push a little further. If we remove these clauses, what else can we do to mitigate some of the outstanding anxieties that will still persist? As the...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill: Taking of samples under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (27 Apr 2018)

Holly Lynch: I agree entirely with that point, and I am reassured by what the Minister said about seeking to toughen up deterrence in respect of the language contained in an earlier provision in the Bill. In the event that spitting does not cease with immediate effect, we will still have to ensure that we offer those protections relating to dealing with those anxieties, and offering clarity and support....

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill: Taking of samples under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (27 Apr 2018)

Holly Lynch: I entirely agree. That goes back to the earlier point that we cannot fix everything through legislation. I agree entirely that where there are shortcomings with this legislative approach, even if we withdraw it, we will not fix the problem. So what alternatives—the hon. Gentleman has rightly reflected on those—do we need to put in place? I am open to any and all...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill: Assaults on police constables (27 Apr 2018)

Holly Lynch: The hon. Gentleman is making an incredibly powerful speech and raising some really interesting issues. For me, when we are looking at how we can make a difference in this area, our role as legislators means that we are in some ways limited in how we intervene in the other areas of injustice that he has raised. My question to him, using his legal background and expertise, is this: once we have...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill: Assaults on police constables (27 Apr 2018)

Holly Lynch: It gives me great pleasure to speak on the Report stage of this Bill. It is a particular pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Michael Tomlinson), who has been a friend of this campaign from the very start. He raised a number of interesting points, and I look forward to hearing Ministers’ response. We have greatly benefited from his legal expertise...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fisheries White Paper (26 Apr 2018)

Holly Lynch: Given that the Government have failed in their pledge to take back absolute control of our fishing waters from day one of leaving the European Union, can the Minister be explicit about how he intends to use the powers that he already has domestically to redistribute fishing quota, to deliver a better and fairer deal for our coastal communities?


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