Results 1–20 of 419 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

Yemen: Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement (10 Sep 2018)

Alex Sobel: My very good friend and I have slightly different views on this issue, but at a conference on Saturday, I spoke about the north-south divide and the left-behind communities in our cities and towns. How can we have a Brexit that would cause those left-behind communities to be even more left behind? Manufacturing plants would have to close, because we would have no customs arrangements to meet...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Government (6 Sep 2018)

Alex Sobel: In response to the hon. Member for Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman), the Secretary of State outlined the approach with the Northern Ireland parties on Brexit in general. In the absence of a functioning Assembly, will she outline how she is working with the Northern Ireland parties, in particular on the movement of goods and of people across the Irish border after Brexit?

Space Policy (18 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: More than 50% of UK satellite exports go into the European single market. How will the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill and the Trade Bill, both of which we discussed this week, affect the free-flowing movement of components into and out of the single market?

Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: While people wait for a decision, after 12 months they can apply to work but only in jobs on the shortage occupation list. Is that not one of the barriers? Should not that stipulation be dropped?

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: I should start by putting on the record a mistake that I made in my speech in the previous debate, when I said that it was my 100th contribution to the House. It was actually my 99th contribution, so this is my 100th contribution to the House. I made a slight miscalculation. As my hon. Friend and neighbour the Member for Leeds West (Rachel Reeves) said, the collapse of Carillion happened six...

Forced Adoption in the Uk (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: Today is the first anniversary of my maiden speech and this is my 100th contribution in this place. Giving a voice to the voiceless is a central cause that my Labour colleagues and I seek to deliver. Speaking in this debate is a most apt way for me to pursue my purpose in Parliament. I thank my hon. Friends the Members for Wirral South (Alison McGovern) and for Liverpool, West Derby (Stephen...

Eu: Future Relationship White Paper (12 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: Paragraph 53 of the White Paper, on page 62, states that the UK will “continue close cooperation with EU law enforcement and criminal justice agencies”, and paragraph 54 states that “the UK will respect the remit of the Court of Justice of the European Union”. How does the Secretary of State reconcile that view with his own votes? In 2012 he voted against EU...

Backbench Business: Open Access Rail Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: On that point, I am a Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament, and there are proposals for the co-operatisation of the railways. An open access operator—Go-Op—is developing a route in the south-west. Diversifying rail ownership is a big priority for the Co-operative party and for me as a Member of Parliament. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we need diversity of ownership...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: A number of northern businesses have come to me. They are all globally owned, global manufacturing and exporting businesses that use the port of Dover. They have said they are now looking at contingency with other ports because of the proposed customs arrangements. They are concerned that every port will have the arrangements and their businesses will have to move outside the UK. Are the...

Equal Franchise Act 1928 — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (5 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: Does my hon. Friend agree that another example of that is the campaign of the Women Against State Pension Inequality? Without those women having the franchise and being able to raise their voices electorally, and without all the women MPs in Parliament, that issue would not be in the public domain in the way that it is.

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 2) Bill: Requirement to amend definition of ivory (4 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: I spent three days on the Public Bill Committee carrying out detailed scrutiny. Although we did not always agree on the detail, I valued all the contributions from Committee members, who clearly believed strongly in eradicating the global ivory trade. We have a further opportunity today to make this a better Bill. I want to start by raising a question that I asked the Minister in Committee,...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Alex Sobel: On that point, is not one of the issues with the agreement, as pointed out to us earlier by the European Council on Foreign Relations, the fact that Israel defines the borders? We have the issues of the green line, the blue line, the purple line and the status of Jerusalem. If we are to negotiate ourselves, should there not be international recognition of what the borders are, not Israeli...

Football: Safe Standing — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (25 Jun 2018)

Alex Sobel: On that point, a broad range of supporters have come to me in favour of rail seating. That includes a 24-year-old female Liverpool fan and a much older male Man United fan, both constituents of mine in Leeds, as well as a Leeds United supporter.

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...


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