Results 1–20 of 351 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alex Sobel

Refugee Family Reunion (21 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that, when the Prime Minister says “Brexit means Brexit”, this is what she means—that refugee children will not be able to be reunited with their families? Does not our international reputation potentially suffer in the same way that the United States’s has this week if we adopt such policies?

ME: Treatment and Research — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: My constituent was diagnosed with ME but, after going for a private test, it turned out to be Lyme disease. That shows the lack of knowledge and the confusion in the medical profession between those two conditions and others.

Insecure Work and the Gig Economy (20 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: Has the hon. Gentleman considered alternative contracts such as they have in other countries? In Holland, for instance, they have contracts by agreement, which are fixed-term agreements paid by the hour with a legal route to permanent contracts. Is that something that he would consider in his legislation?

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: Prior to coming to this place, I was the main development worker for Social Firms England, which supported enterprising charities, such as the one the hon. Gentleman describes, to support disabled people into work. Social Firms England was decimated by cuts. Social Firms Scotland and Social Firms Wales were active and well supported, but I was the only worker for Social Firms England, and I...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: There is no better example of that than my constituency and the number of people I represent. Thirteen thousand people registered to vote in the 2017 general election, increasing the size of the electorate by nearly 10,000. Under the Government’s proposals, that community would be decimated because of the arbitrary point about numbers. The Bill introduced by my hon. Friend the Member...

Confidence in the Secretary of State for Transport (19 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: My hon. Friend’s constituents’ experience absolutely reflects those of my constituents. The two train stations in my constituency are the last two before the main Leeds city station. By the time the two-carriage trains come, they are full and my constituents cannot get on them. When they do, we have seen cases where people have fainted or been unable to breathe. Does he agree that...

House of Lords: Abolition — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (18 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: I agree that we need to abolish the Lords and start again, but we have seen that we need a bicameral Parliament. The Lord Speaker’s Committee has broad agreement in the Lords, so it should be seen as a starting point. If we made a radical proposal, the Lords themselves would vote it down and we would not get any further. To quote Voltaire, I do not think we should let the perfect be the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Accommodation Model (11 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: What recent steps his Department has taken to develop the future accommodation model.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Accommodation Model (11 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: The Royal United Services Institute criticised the future accommodation model, saying that it was woefully inadequate and behind schedule. Will the super-garrison at Catterick be finished on time, to ensure that armed forces personnel can live on garrison? Does the Minister think that the sale to Annington Homes in 1996 was a mistake?

Rural Crime and Public Services (6 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: There is a lot of talk about rural areas. Geographically, over half of my constituency is rural and we have rural crime, such as fly-tipping and the theft of agricultural equipment. The West Yorkshire police and crime commissioner is perceived as being an urban PCC. Does the Minister accept that even in supposedly urban areas there are large numbers of rural crimes?

Conflict in South Sudan — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: As well as imprisoning his own parliamentarians, President Museveni of Uganda has promised to supply the South Sudanese regime with arms, in spite of the arms embargo imposed by the EU, including us, the US and other countries. Does my hon. Friend think that the Government also need to act on Uganda?

Polish Anti-defamation Law — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: I thank everybody for their contributions to today’s difficult debate. It is a testament to our Parliament that we can have such a debate in an open way. I thank the hon. Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham (Daniel Kawczynski) and particularly his family for all the things that they did for Jews in Poland during the war. I am happy to speak to the BBC about its use of language, which is...

Polish Anti-defamation Law — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: I beg to move, That this House has considered Polish anti-defamation law. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Gapes. I am pleased that the Backbench Business Committee has given time to this sensitive and difficult subject. I was going to raise it in the general debate on anti-Semitism in the Chamber on 17 April, but unfortunately I was not called, and I felt the issue needed...

Polish Anti-defamation Law — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: I intend to visit Poland later in the year, but I have not managed to yet. The Polish ambassador invited me for a meeting, but I did not arrive into London until quite late yesterday, so I responded that I will meet him after the debate. I have not been able to meet him, but I intend to. I understand that there are lots of different views, but I think the evidence is quite clear that the...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: One reason for the trade going up has been the phenomenal success of Canada Goose, a company that uses real fur trimming from coyotes that are hunted—humanely it says—in Canada. Leghold traps are legal there, but a mother animal, if caught, will chew off her leg to get back to her children, which can in no way be humane. We should call on companies that use fur trimming to do what...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alex Sobel: Does the Minister see in any merit at all in the public sector running of the east coast line between 2009 and 2015?

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alex Sobel: One of the firmest ideological principles held by Conservative Members, as we have just heard from the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Kwasi Kwarteng), is their insistence on the superiority of the private over the public with regard to the ownership of capital. The continued failure of the rail franchising framework to harness the power of the private sector ought to give them pause for thought...

Transport Secretary: East Coast Franchise (23 May 2018)

Alex Sobel: I thank my hon. Friend for his comments. I often stand at King’s Cross waiting for my train home and see the words “Train cancelled” above me. I look wistfully at platform nine and three quarters, hoping that I may be able to go through the wall and travel home on the Hogwarts Express. Although the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, was a very inept Minister, he at least...

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (22 May 2018)

Alex Sobel: As a result of Nazanin’s treatment in prison, Redress has written to many of us asking for the intervention of the UN special rapporteur on torture. What action will the UK Government take to protect Nazanin from any further torture and ill treatment and to ensure she receives an independent medical examination and any necessary treatment in compliance with international law? Does the...

Transport Emissions: Urban Areas (22 May 2018)

Alex Sobel: I was pleased that the Secretary of State raised electric vehicles in his opening remarks, as I have been pursuing this issue since I came to this place. I have created a nine-point plan, which I raised with the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth and more recently with the roads Minister in a debate on electric vehicles in Westminster Hall. The ideas include matching Joint Air Quality Unit...


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