Results 1–20 of 139 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

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2017)

Holly Lynch: West Yorkshire police are still reeling from cuts dating back to 2010, when they lost 20% of their force. Will we look again at budgets so that they can restore the number of police officers on our streets and give them a fighting chance of dealing with demand?

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Holly Lynch: I am delighted to follow my good and hon. Friend the Member for Ogmore (Chris Elmore). It is a pleasure to make my first speech in the new Parliament. It is a privilege that I feared might elude me, going into the snap general election. I was trailing in the polls, and had a majority of just 428. The betting odds were 10:1 against me. Returning to Westminster, one of my so-called hon....

Terror Attacks (22 Jun 2017)

Holly Lynch: The uplift in the number of armed police officers in West Yorkshire has come directly from neighbourhood and response policing, making day-to-day policing that bit tougher. Is the Home Secretary in a position to update the House on when the review of the police funding formula will be published? Will she accept that the issue is not exclusively about powers; it is also about the number of...

Petition - School Funding Formula in Calderdale (25 Apr 2017)

Holly Lynch: I rise to present a petition opposing cuts to school budgets in my constituency, which has been signed by 166 people, further to the 1,072 people who have signed it online. The petition states The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Education to reconsider the proposed national school funding formula to ensure that Calderdale schools do not...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Holly Lynch: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for North West Norfolk (Sir Henry Bellingham), whose speech was very articulate. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate ahead of serving on the Bill Committee over the next few weeks. Between the Government’s White Paper, which was published in November last year, and the Bill before us today, I welcome many of steps being...

Prisons and Courts Bill (20 Mar 2017)

Holly Lynch: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. I wonder whether the pressures of overcrowding are starting to reflect in those sentences handed out in prisons, which do not then serve as a proper deterrent. I would be more than willing to consider that point and others when we debate the Bill in Committee. This is why I am calling on the Government to consider making it an aggravating factor to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Covenant (13 Mar 2017)

Holly Lynch: What steps his Department is taking to ensure the effective delivery of the armed forces covenant.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Covenant (13 Mar 2017)

Holly Lynch: Some amazing work is undertaken by the British Legion and other charities in my constituency and across the UK, but the head of SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, has recently warned that the “Armed Forces Covenant lacks bite”. Many local authorities seem to feel that complying with the covenant is an option rather than an obligation. Will the Minister tell us what the Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (6 Mar 2017)

Holly Lynch: Further to the comments made by my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) and others, the report of Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary that was published last week found that a third of police forces required improvement or were inadequate, that there was a national shortage of detectives, that neighbourhood policing is being eroded and that there is no coherent...

Attacks on NHS Staff — [James Gray in the Chair] (27 Feb 2017)

Holly Lynch: May I join colleagues in saying what a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray? I hope that right hon. and hon. colleagues from across the House are familiar with my “Protect the Protectors” campaign, and I am truly grateful to the many who have lent it their support. As part of that campaign, I have lobbied for protections that would cover all emergency service...

Attacks on NHS Staff — [James Gray in the Chair] (27 Feb 2017)

Holly Lynch: I will come on to some of the problems that we identified with the stand-alone assault police charge, which led us to seek to amend existing legislation. The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point, which I will come on to in more detail. The petition states that for “twenty years it has been a specific offence to attack a Police officer conducting their duties” and refers to...

Attacks on NHS Staff — [James Gray in the Chair] (27 Feb 2017)

Holly Lynch: I welcome the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. It is perhaps just an issue of clarity and the weight that comes with such uniformed service roles. Perhaps the problem is as simple as someone who is particularly angry and comes into an A&E department and lashes out at an NHS worker, not understanding that deterrent. We must explore how to ensure that that deterrent is understood by...

Attacks on NHS Staff — [James Gray in the Chair] (27 Feb 2017)

Holly Lynch: My hon. Friend is right. That is exactly my concern with the assault police charge, which I have explored in detail through my “Protect the Protectors” campaign. The maximum sentence for that charge does not seem to reflect its seriousness. We have to look at all the options available for sentencing.

Attacks on NHS Staff — [James Gray in the Chair] (27 Feb 2017)

Holly Lynch: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. Again, in assault police charges we found that people were being sentenced under other crimes, which distorted the collection of information on frequency and prevalence of people committing those acts and brought into question the need to have a stand-alone assault police charge, if it is not effective in that regard. I approached the matter by...


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