Results 1–20 of 160 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

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Holly Lynch: We have had an excellent debate this afternoon ahead of the annual December Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting. I start by thanking all those who have taken part in this thoughtful and considered discussion, which saw representations that reflect the diverse fishing activity that is happening all over our country. I pay particular tribute to the hon. Member for South East Cornwall...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Dec 2017)

Holly Lynch: Following Storm Desmond and Storm Eva in 2015, the Government made welcome direct payments for resilience work to residents who had been devastated by the flooding. Following the floods in Galgate last month, however, the Government told Lancaster City Council that that flooding was not severe enough to warrant the same assistance, despite 143 homes being vacated because of flood damage. Will...

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Holly Lynch: I join colleagues in thanking my hon. Friend the Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock) for securing this timely debate, and for his powerful opening remarks. I have been on delegations to the developing world and seen real poverty, but there is nothing harder to witness than people being deliberately denied access to the very basic freedoms, opportunities and human rights that are so...

Marine Environment — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (14 Nov 2017)

Holly Lynch: As ever, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen, and I congratulate my hon. Friend and neighbour the Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman) who, as he said, has long been a passionate champion of these issues. I thank him for the detailed and passionate speech that he gave to kick off this debate today. As my hon. Friend pointed out, there is nothing particularly new about...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Common Fisheries Policy (26 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: May I take this opportunity to send our sincere condolences to the family of the crew member of the fishing vessel Solstice who sadly died at sea since the last DEFRA questions? While the Brexit negotiations on the common fisheries policy continue, the fishing Minister will appreciate that the safety of our fishermen and women must be paramount. The Solstice is the third fishing vessel to...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: The hon. Gentleman is making an incredibly powerful speech. He makes a very valid point about the RNLI. I recently visited the RNLI at the Tower on the Thames and saw the unique circumstances that it faces. Predominantly, people end up in the Thames because they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or because they have attempted to self-harm or commit suicide, and the RNLI meets a...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: Steady on.

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: I am delighted to speak on Second Reading. First, I must pay tribute to my honourable friend—in the truest sense of those words— the Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), who has taken on this campaign, pushing it forward with his trademark tenacity, attention to detail, pragmatism and, of course, humour, which have allowed us to get to where we are. I know that I channel the voices...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention. This is what we are seeing increasingly. It is both the frequency and the severity of these incidents. If we do not take this opportunity to act and address them, they will become more normalised and we absolutely do not want that to happen. Having shared that experience with colleagues during an Adjournment debate last October, I then...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: I am really grateful for the hon. Lady’s intervention. I thank her for her support. We had an open dialogue when she was in her previous role, which was incredibly helpful. She is absolutely right that body-worn video has given frontline officers in particular the assurance that, should they be confronted in that way, there will be an evidence base that will help to secure prosecutions...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: Again, I am grateful for that considered and thoughtful intervention. There are lots of issues surrounding the challenge we are trying to address. Legislation and sentencing is one element, and, as legislators, that is our brief, but there are all sorts of conversations about personal protective equipment. Are our frontline emergency service workers carrying everything that would be helpful...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: That had not been brought to my attention until now, and I will certainly look into it. This too may be a conversation that we need to have outside the context of the Bill, but we will undoubtedly explore all the opportunities during its passage. A report published in December by Yorkshire ambulance service revealed that staff faced “violence and aggression” on a weekly basis....

Prayers (20 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: I beg to move, That the House sit in private. Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 163), and negatived.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: If High Speed 3 connected Leeds and Manchester via the Calder Valley line, that would be an absolute game changer for my part of the world. Given that the Secretary of State was keen to spend time in my constituency during the general election campaign talking about how important rail was to the area, will he update the House on whether and when that connection could become a reality?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Neighbourhood Policing (16 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: What assessment she has made of the potential connection between crime levels and changes in the level of neighbourhood policing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Neighbourhood Policing (16 Oct 2017)

Holly Lynch: As the Home Secretary will know, one of the crimes that has increased is the carrying out of attacks on police officers themselves. May I therefore take this opportunity to welcome today’s news that the Government will support the “protect the protectors” Bill, tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), on Friday? That having been said, Her...

Police Pay and Funding (14 Sep 2017)

Holly Lynch: In Calderdale in the past 12 months, we have lost 50% of our neighbourhood policing officers. The picture being painted by the Minister could not be any further from the reality on the streets of Halifax. The pay bonus would cost West Yorkshire police an additional £4 million, which is the equivalent of 83 police officers. How does the Minister expect our forces to be able to deliver the...

Attorney General: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Holly Lynch: What steps the Government are taking to ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service has adequate resources to tackle social media hate crime.

Attorney General: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Holly Lynch: I am grateful for that response, but will the Solicitor General go further and outline what steps are being taken to address the significant variations in conviction rates across different regions, with particular reference to the 4.7% fall in successful convictions for religiously aggravated hate crime in 2015-16?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (20 Jul 2017)

Holly Lynch: The Secretary of State talks a great deal about gaining control of our waters after Brexit, but, as usual with this Government, so much of the detail is sadly lacking. Since 2013, three British-based vessels of the Royal Navy fishery protection squadron have not been exclusively used for fisheries enforcement. The Government’s own figures show that the number of boats boarded by the...


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