Results 1–20 of 54 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

PACE Trial: People with ME — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Alex Sobel: My friend Jo from Leeds wrote to me: “I’ve had CFS/ME for 25 years. I’d had it for 10 years before it was diagnosed. When I was diagnosed in Sheffield I was told there was literally no service they could refer me to and relied largely on a local support group. I was told by a Leeds GP to ‘just get on with life’ despite trying to hold down a professional job and...

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Alex Sobel: Because I have little time, I will concentrate on the Minister’s remarks. I thank her for taking on board two of my recommendations, but I want to refer to the conversations I had yesterday with UK Sport. It admitted that basketball had medal potential, but that it would take 12 years. UK Sport initially funded basketball in 2006, but that ceased in 2014. UK Sport did not see through...

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Alex Sobel: I beg to move, That this House has considered the future of basketball in the UK. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mr Bailey. I am delighted that the Backbench Business Committee has given us an opportunity to debate the future of basketball at such an important juncture for the sport. It is five years since this place last had a chance to discuss this hugely popular sport....

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Alex Sobel: My hon. Friend’s area has two great basketball teams: Sheffield Hatters and Sheffield Sharks. People in disadvantaged communities in Sheffield, Leeds, London and other urban centres, aspire to play for such teams and, one day, for our national team, so his point is spot on. My constituent Tricia McKinney, knowing that this debate was scheduled to take place, wrote to me on a similar...

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Alex Sobel: My hon. Friend makes an absolutely apt point, which leads me to my next point. My constituent Baile Beyai wrote to me: “I’m currently studying Politics at Leeds University and Basketball was a big, big reason that I had the self-esteem to even attempt to study at university, especially growing up as a problem child”— those are his words— “in a...

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Alex Sobel: Absolutely. I am very grateful for the hon. Lady’s point, because I am not going into great depth about facilities, but we absolutely do need facilities, and I will come to the outdoor game later in my speech. I am sure that most hon. Members think of basketball as a five-player game indoors, but they will also remember the classic movie “White Men Can’t Jump”,...

UK Basketball — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Feb 2018)

Alex Sobel: My hon. Friend hits the nail right on the head. I am grateful for his contribution. Basketball Wales provides valuable support to UK basketball. On broadcasting, the British Basketball League is not currently able to secure domestic and international broadcast revenues, whereas other European leagues have monetised broadcasting both domestically and internationally. Attendance figures vary...

Space Industry Bill [Lords]: Publication of regulations (6 Feb 2018)

Alex Sobel: There are 40,000 jobs in the UK space industry. Would it not deter investment if the Government did not implement a liability cap for the industry?

Backbench Business: Erasmus Plus Programme: Youth and Sport — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Alex Sobel: As my hon. Friend said, the Erasmus sport programme is not just for universities. One of the Barking Abbey sports academy programmes is a Basketball programme. As chair of the all-party parliamentary group on basketball, I am proud that 35 basketball apprentices undertook an exchange with the Basketball Federation of Madrid. Sixty-five per cent of Barking Abbey students are from black and...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Alex Sobel: On that note, in Yorkshire, prior to bonfire night we have mischief night, when young people in particular misuse fireworks, throw them at other people—I have had a firework thrown at me—put them through people’s doors and attack firefighters in west Yorkshire. We need action, not just around bonfire night but mischief night.

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Alex Sobel: Thank you for calling me to speak, Mr Deputy Speaker; I am glad to see you back in the Chair. I will start by sharing with the House the case brought to me by the Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network, a charity that works tirelessly to support asylum seekers in Leeds and for which I used to be a short-stop host for asylum seekers who were destitute. Network staff told me about a freezing cold...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Alex Sobel: I thank the hon. Member for Brigg and Goole (Andrew Percy) for bringing the debate to the House. I also thank hon. Members for their contributions so far today. As we have heard, the theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is the power of words, and it is important to remember the context in which Nazism arose after the treaty of Versailles and the 1929 crash. A murderous regime...

RBS Global Restructuring Group and Smes: Holocaust Memorial Day (18 Jan 2018)

Alex Sobel: That is one of the most important lessons of Holocaust Memorial Day and of our memories of the holocaust. Many people’s only real insight into what the camps or the ghettos were like is through film. I have watched many of these films, including “Jakob the Liar”, “Schindler’s List” and “Sophie’s Choice”, but the most poignant for me is...

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee: Misuse of Xanax (15 Jan 2018)

Alex Sobel: This is not a new issue. Body Count, rapper Ice-T’s rock band, sang in their 1997 song, “Dr K”: “Need some (X)anax…want some pills..I want the grim reaper as my guest!” Ice-T’s social commentary was a way of getting to the heart of the issue 20 years ago. Does my hon. Friend agree that some rappers, like Ice-T, do not glorify Xanax but give the grim...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Alex Sobel: My hon. Friend talks eloquently about training, but is it not just as important to consider accommodation for our armed forces? We have seen the pay cap and rising rents, and we now have our forces being written to saying that civilians will be allocated services accommodation. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is essential for maintaining our capability and training programmes that we have...

Yorkshire Devolution (9 Jan 2018)

Alex Sobel: Yorkshire is a self-confident, prosperous and culturally coherent UK region. In 2017, it contributed about 7% of UK GDP. Yorkshire’s greatest institutions, businesses and citizens have profoundly shaped our national story. Yorkshire people are proud of being part of Yorkshire, and it is time that policy makers acknowledged our unique identity. Yorkshire is demonstrably not a place with...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Alex Sobel: Does my hon. Friend agree that there are still loads of inconsistencies, such as that a one-year change in date of birth means an additional three years to reach the pension age for some of these women? That makes the way in which the Government have introduced these changes even more illogical.

Business of the House (14 Dec 2017)

Alex Sobel: Last week, I attended an event as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on social enterprise with Chris White, the former Member for Warwick and Leamington. I mentioned this to the current MP, my hon. Friend the Member for Warwick and Leamington (Matt Western), earlier. Chris’s report, “Our Money, Our Future” reviews the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Alex Sobel: Will the hon. Lady give way?

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