Results 161–180 of 325 for speaker:Leo Docherty

Government Overseas Aid Commitment: Private Investment (9 Oct 2018)

Leo Docherty: I commend the Secretary of State on her speech today. Can she confirm that she believes, as I do, that it is right and proper for our aid budget to support our national interest?

International Trade: Export Strategy (13 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: What progress the Government has made on implementing its export strategy.

International Trade: Export Strategy (13 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: I welcome the Secretary of State’s remarks. How will the strategy help increase exports in the aviation, defence and aerospace industries, which are so crucial to Farnborough in my constituency?

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: It is a great honour to speak in this debate and to follow the hon. Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock), who has just given a superb example of the knowledge, experience and eloquence for which he has become renowned in this House. In my brief remarks, I will pick up on some of the themes he mentioned in relation to our broader security response. What was so shocking about the appalling...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: I am very grateful for my hon. Friend’s contribution. Like him, I have enjoyed travelling in Russia—in Moscow, St Petersburg and many other cities—and I have always been very touched by the Russian people’s hospitality and tremendous sense of pride in the magnificent Russian heritage and culture, which we should all enjoy. He is right that our argument is with the Russian state, not...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: I agree entirely. We need to maintain the ability to react to chemical, biological and nuclear warfare, and I hope that lesson will be contained in the findings of the modernising defence programme, which should be announced towards the end of the year. The approach of achieving peace through strength is something we learned in our historical dealings with Russia; it is not new. Indeed, in...

Salisbury Incident (12 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: The Minister is making a very eloquent statement. Will he confirm that some of the most important lessons learned are now being incorporated in the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill that is currently going through the House of Commons?

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: Will the Minister give way?

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate, and I thank the hon. Member for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen Twigg) for securing it. I draw Members’ attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, which shows that I have travelled across the Arabian peninsula a number of times, following my long-term interest in the region. The first and most...

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: The right hon. Gentleman is making an eloquent and powerful speech. How does he think that Iran and the Houthis can be compelled to attend such peace talks? Unless there is a compulsion they will not attend, when—as my right hon. Friend the Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr Mitchell) said—they have so cheaply bought such chaos in Yemen?

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: My hon. and gallant Friend is making a powerful speech. Does he agree that, aside from the logistical challenge of a conflict environment, we know all too well from painful experience in Iraq and Afghanistan about civilian casualties following airstrikes? That perhaps puts us in a stronger position to help our allies prevent the same.

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: In considering the endgame, it is very clear from my experience that the coalition wants out, but what does my hon. Friend think could be the motivation of the Iranians and their Houthi allies for coming to the table?

Yemen (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way and for calling this debate. Does he not agree that in considering our support for the coalition, it is important to understand that it is also fighting against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula? Should we not commend the efforts of Emirati troops who have liberated Mukalla, which is a common security benefit for us all?

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. I draw hon. Members’ attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, which shows that I have a long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: Not as long as that of my hon. Friend, that is true. It is an association of which I am extremely proud, because the relationship between our country and the kingdom is hugely important and historic. I will make three brief points, the first to set some context about the domestic situation in Bahrain. When we travel to Bahrain, we see a young country that has achieved remarkable development...

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: My hon. Friend is exactly right. Bahrain is at the frontline of Iranian subversion, which is a pitched military battle in which many Bahraini security personnel have become casualties. We have had manifold relations with the Kingdom of Bahrain over two centuries; we co-operate on a range of issues. It is not only about our remarkable and hugely important new naval base, HMS Juffair, and nor...

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: Thank you, Ms McDonagh. I will conclude by saying that I agree with my hon. and gallant Friend—this is of mutual interest. It is not for us to preach; we must listen and learn. I look forward to the Minister’s confirmation that this close relationship will continue.

Bahrain — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (11 Sep 2018)

Leo Docherty: Surely it is the exact opposite. It is not turning a blind eye; the fact that we have a good working relationship of many years’ standing allows us to have a greater influence and to guide progress in human rights.

Combat Air Strategy (17 Jul 2018)

Leo Docherty: I congratulate the Secretary of State on the statement, and I thank him for choosing to make the announcement yesterday at the opening day of the Farnborough international air show. From what he has seen at Farnborough, does the Secretary of State agree with me that Farnborough is the beating heart of the British aerospace defence and aviation industry, and that it will surely play a leading...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Leo Docherty: Does the Minister agree that the picture painted by Labour Members is rather inaccurate? Due to the remarkable scale of investment, not least in our new Type 26 fleet, the picture is one of extraordinary investment activity, so to portray the industry as being on its knees is, frankly, a gross mischaracterisation.


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