Results 1–20 of 112 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Leo Docherty

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.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

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Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful for that compliment. The Minister is describing an interesting picture. Does he agree that aviation and aerospace are an important part of that picture? Does he also agree that activities in and around Farnborough, including the international airshow, are vital? Will he confirm that he will be attending the airshow next week? If he is not, I will happily arrange that for him.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Leo Docherty: rose—

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way. Given that, at the NATO summit, President Trump has called on all NATO members to invest 4% of GDP on defence, does my right hon. Friend agree that 3% from the United Kingdom is the very least that we should be investing in our national security?

Afghanistan (11 Jul 2018)

Leo Docherty: Will the Secretary of State join me in thanking members of the 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards from the Aldershot garrison for their continued contribution to the security and stability of Kabul? Will he tell the House his assessment of the link between the Taliban in Afghanistan and elements of Daesh?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Summit (9 Jul 2018)

Leo Docherty: What his priorities are for the NATO summit in Brussels on 11 and 12 July 2018.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: NATO Summit (9 Jul 2018)

Leo Docherty: Given that the NATO defence budget will be under discussion, does the Secretary of State agree that President Trump has a point when he criticises the lack of commitment on behalf of some member states towards our collective security?

Petition - Protection for British Service Personnel (26 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: Thank you, Mr Speaker; I rise with gratitude. The outrageous legal pursuit of veterans of Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan is a national disgrace. If the bond of trust between the Government and our armed forces, which is critical to our national security, is to be maintained, our servicemen and women must know that the state is on their side. This petition has been signed by some 6,165...

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: I rise to call for legislation to bring forward a statute of limitations to protect soldiers and veterans, in the knowledge that today is the first day of Armed Forces Week. This is a week in which we have an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that our armed forces make to all aspects of our society and our national security, but also to express our collective gratitude to the armed...

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: I am very grateful to my hon. and gallant Friend for his intervention. More than anyone else in this Chamber, he knows what it means to serve. Like my hon. Friends the Members for North East Hampshire (Mr Jayawardena) and for Witney (Robert Courts), I have brought forward a public petition calling for a statute of limitations, and I have been amazed by the response. Hundreds of my...

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman. When we see instances such as Dennis Hutchings—a man in his late 70s who served in Northern Ireland in the 1970s—being rearrested for an allegation for which he has previously been cleared of any wrongdoing on two separate occasions, we can see that there is clearly no public interest and that this is palpably politically motivated. The...

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. This is broader than only Northern Ireland. The House will be aware of the scandalous saga of legal pursuit in recent years of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. For example, 3,500 cases were brought before the Iraq Historic Allegations Team at a cost of £60 million to the taxpayer, resulting in no prosecutions. All those allegations were spurious. A case...

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: Absolutely. This is not a matter of history: it is a matter of the here and now and of future deployments. I have two simple proposals. The first is that the Ministry of Defence legislate for a statute of limitations, perhaps for 10 years, meaning that after 10 years, unless there is significant new evidence, no case can be brought against a veteran or soldier. Soldiers and veterans do not...

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: I do agree and I am very grateful for that intervention.

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful for that intervention. I agree that the whole resolve of the Ministry of Defence and the legal capability of the Government must be brought to bear to find a legally viable route towards this, because it is, frankly, an issue of national security.

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: Absolutely. My hon. Friend is right: it is a contract of trust and we must maintain that.

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Leo Docherty: I am grateful to my hon. Friend and I certainly agree. What I am suggesting is not a new idea. As many hon. Members will know, the Conservative party manifesto of 2017 proposed exactly the same thing. On page 41, our manifesto stated: “We will protect our brave armed forces personnel from persistent legal claims, which distress those who risk our lives for us, cost the taxpayer...


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