Results 1–20 of 331 for speaker:Leo Docherty

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: Thank you for the opportunity to speak, Mr Davies. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for Filton and Bradley Stoke (Jack Lopresti) for securing this important and timely debate, which is testament to his long-standing interest in Kurdistan. I will be brief and restrict myself to two main points. First, Iraqi Kurdistan is and should continue to be an important strategic ally of the United...

Kurdistan Region in Iraq — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (4 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: I agree with my hon. Friend. The issue is not only about arming, but about protecting and providing facilities. We are still living with the legacy of the unintended consequences of the 2003 liberation of Iraq and the end of Saddam’s tyranny. One of the most important unintended consequences is the fact that Iran is strategically dominant: the presence of Iran-backed Shi’ite militias...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Former Military Personnel: Depression and Suicide (10 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: The role of all three services of the British armed forces in the liberation of Mosul in Iraq in recent days must be commended. Will the Secretary of State tell me what plans we have for further involvement in Iraq and whether he agrees that the British Army has a crucial role in mentoring and training the Iraqi forces, who are a hugely important ally?

Export Licensing: High Court Judgment (10 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: I have had the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia and visit the targeting centre in Riyadh, where targets in Yemen are allocated. Does the Secretary of State agree that as well as exporting hardware, we export a doctrine of responsible use, which, at the end of the day, saves lives?

Counter-Daesh Update (13 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: The role of the British armed forces in mentoring and training our Iraqi allies has been critical to the success of the operation. What plans do we have for continuing that support to the Iraqi military into the future?

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: I beg to move, That this House has considered the future shape of the armed forces. As the new Member for Aldershot, the traditional home of the British Army, I am honoured to lead the debate. In the limited time I have, I will touch on the nature of current threats and dwell for a little longer on my central point, which is that our people—our servicemen and women—must be at the heart of...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: I share my hon. Friend’s concern. I think we all agree that the internet has now been weaponised to an extremely alarming degree. That should be at the heart and centre of our defence strategy. I imagine the Minister will take the opportunity to address that. We face today the simultaneous threats of state-on-state conflict and global terrorism. We are facing down those threats with our...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: If my hon. Friend is unsure of the meaning of my remarks, I am saying that mass is important—we absolutely need a very large and potent armed forces—but the lesson of the past 15 years in Iraq and Afghanistan is that we may get counter-productive results if we engage without the politics being right, as he will see from the remainder of my remarks. It is only when we engage and work with...

Armed Forces (19 Jul 2017)

Leo Docherty: Thank you very much for your chairmanship today, Sir Roger. I thank the Minister for responding and all colleagues who have taken the time to come and contribute today. The Romans were fond of saying, “If you wish for peace, you must prepare for war”, and I will be conclude by saying that I am confident that this Government and her Ministers will allow our great country to do just that....

Iran (16 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: The Minister is right to say that even those who support the deal have grave misgivings about Iran’s malign regional attitude. The Iranians themselves boast of dominating four Arab capitals, and they are actively and often violently seeking to undermine important regional allies of this country. What practical steps are being taken, with our allies, to address and counter that threat?

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Discipline (17 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to raise levels of discipline in schools.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Sports (18 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to increase participation in sport by school children.

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: If it would be of use to him, the hon. Gentleman might apply to the Ministry of Defence for a useful fact sheet that it has provided to me. It clearly states that as of 2016 our defence budget was £34.3 billion, but that by 2020 and 2021 it will be £39.7 billion. How is that a cut?

Backbench Business: Defence Capability — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Oct 2017)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) for securing this important debate. I must start by saying that my constituency will be at the heart of any discussion of defence capability. Aldershot, the home of the British Army and with a significant garrison, welcomes some of the specialised infantry battalions that will be formed in response to the SDSR 2015. In...


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