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:Karen Lee

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

Karen Lee: As chair of the all-party group on democracy and human rights in the Gulf, I really welcome this debate. The Government must be held to account for their complicity in the suppression of human rights in the region. Female political prisoners in Bahrain, including activists Najah Yusif and Medina Ali, have been subjected to torture, sexual abuse and unfair trials. I am calling on the Foreign...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (19 Jul 2018)

Karen Lee: The European Court of Justice rulings that deemed that on-call working should be calculated as working time have been crucial in ensuring fair pay for residential care workers in the UK. What guarantees will the Government give to ensure that this vital protection will continue after the UK leaves the EU?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Firefighter Training (16 Jul 2018)

Karen Lee: Firefighter Michael Dowden told the Grenfell inquiry that he had not received any familiarisation training before his inspection of Grenfell Tower in 2016. With cuts to 11,000 fire service jobs, station closures and privatisation of training delivery, our overstretched fire services—despite the Minister’s usual comments about resources—are struggling to complete the training...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Karen Lee: Lincoln saw the full roll-out of UC in March. It is about hardship; it is about poverty; it is about debt—that is the reality. This month over 600 claimants in my constituency need to apply to be transferred over to the full service. It is causing havoc and deep concern—it genuinely is. Prolonged delays have set in motion a damaging cycle of debt, rent arrears and even eviction...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2018)

Karen Lee: Research by the Howard League shows that Her Majesty’s Prison Lincoln’s population is currently 138% more than its certified normal accommodation capacity. I hear about this at first hand because a close relative of mine is a senior prison officer. What measures does the Minister have in place to address prison overcrowding and the dangerous conditions that it creates both for...

Saddleworth Moor and Tameside: Ongoing Fire (2 Jul 2018)

Karen Lee: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting the urgent question from my hon. Friend the Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Jonathan Reynolds). The emergency responders have done an excellent job in tackling the fire. Their courageous work, day and night, for over a week in extremely hot conditions goes to show their passionate commitment to public service. The dedicated work of the fire service, with...

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

Karen Lee: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I have been contacted by many constituents and by my local football team, the Imps. They all support giving fans a choice on safe standing. Lincoln has one of the highest numbers of respondents in support of this e-petition of any area. A huge proportion of my local community are Imps fans. Weekly games at Lincoln’s Sincil...

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

Karen Lee: Coincidentally, I was just coming to the point that in my view, safe-standing spaces should be capped to keep numbers at a safe level. Safe-standing zones would then be more safe than they currently are. Anybody who has been to a football match knows that people still stand in narrow seated areas that are dangerously unsuitable for 90 minutes of standing. That obstructs the view of people who...

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Karen Lee: Does the Secretary of State agree with me that without the reinstatement of the nursing bursary, we cannot even hope to train enough nurses. The figures show that the numbers training have fallen—this is a serious inquiry—and until we can train enough nurses, we can talk about extra nurses, but we will always need agency nurses. Does he agree that we need to reinstate the nursing...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Karen Lee: I thought that the hon. Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley) was going to say something about abortions being “convenient.” I worked in clinics and counselled women, and I tell him that they are not done for convenience. Some of those people are utterly desperate by the time they get to clinics, and it would be very wrong to think that people treat abortions as a matter of...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Karen Lee: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Karen Lee: It is one sentence on that point.

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Karen Lee: Directly before entering the House, I actually worked for two years in gynaecology clinics, one of which was for terminations of pregnancy. If a doctor has a conscientious objection, they do not have to sign certificate A; they can come out of the process and not do so.

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

Karen Lee: I am a very new MP—I am only a year in—but more than 200 people in Lincoln responded to the petition, so it is the single biggest issue since I was elected. Does my hon. Friend agree that, for many MPs, it has had a huge response?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Fire Services: Workforce (4 Jun 2018)

Karen Lee: As a result of this Government’s cut to funding, along with no recruitment drive, we have seen both a reduction in the number of firefighters and an increasingly ageing workforce. How do the Government plan to address the rising age of firefighters? Will the Minister please give us some specific examples?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Digital Railway Strategy (24 May 2018)

Karen Lee: Following the collapse of the east coast main line franchise, will the Secretary of State make a firm commitment to Virgin’s previous pledge to deliver additional train services between Lincoln and London in 2019? They are essential for our local businesses.

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Karen Lee: After eight years of the Government’s austerity agenda, the NHS is on its knees. People in Lincoln commonly wait hours for an ambulance, including those having a heart attack. If a Health Minister happens to be in Lincoln any time soon, they might want to ask about that, because call-to-balloon times for PCI have increased. I am not scaremongering—that is the truth. I am sorry,...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Karen Lee: Does the Secretary of State think it acceptable that ambulances were waiting outside Lincoln A&E for up to seven hours over the winter? Is that a mark of progress?

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Karen Lee: Lincoln’s walk-in centre was closed. A consultation was undertaken by the clinical commissioning group and 94% of those who responded did not want the centre to close. So what did the CCG do? It closed it.

International Trade: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Karen Lee: In 2017, Britain sold £216 million worth of military contracts and supplies to Israel and £571 million worth to Turkey. The disproportionate use of deadly force by those nations against Palestinian and Kurdish citizens has been rightly condemned. Does the Minister agree that the UK needs a transparent and human rights-oriented arms trade to ensure that this country does not enable...


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