Results 21–40 of 1024 for speaker:Glyn Davies

Venezuela — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (29 Jan 2019)

Glyn Davies: This is an important debate to me. Yesterday, I was not able to make the main Chamber for the urgent question from the hon. Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes), so I am incredibly grateful to the hon. Member for Hyndburn (Graham P. Jones) not only for making a superb and comprehensive speech, every part of which I agreed with and which warrants all our congratulations, but for giving me...

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (24 Jan 2019)

Glyn Davies: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on support for farmers after the UK leaves the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Support for Farmers (24 Jan 2019)

Glyn Davies: I, too, want to ask about sheep farming, which is economically very significant in my constituency. It is an industry that, for many decades, has been underpinned by an EU payments system. There is major concern that this support system will be changed too abruptly for the industry to cope as the UK leaves the European Union. What reassurances can the Secretary of State give to the sheep...

Exiting the European Union: Agricultural Policy (24 Jan 2019)

Glyn Davies: rose—

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Offence of registering to vote as overseas elector in more than one constituency (14 Nov 2018)

Glyn Davies: This may be traditional but it is not just a tradition: I really do want to thank everybody who has played a part in the Committee stage. There has been a huge amount of detail. I have been resistant to a lot of the amendments tabled, but I have tried to listen carefully to everything that has been said about them. A lot of good points have been made. It has certainly expanded hugely my...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Offence of registering to vote as overseas elector in more than one constituency (14 Nov 2018)

Glyn Davies: I can only, almost parrot-like, repeat the comments that I have made on so many amendments. I understand the thought process behind the proposed new clauses, but I feel that they are unnecessary. Voting in two places is against the law and I do not see any point in creating a huge new database, because that is unnecessary to achieving the Bill’s objectives. I was impressed to hear my hon....

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Offence of registering to vote as overseas elector in more than one constituency (14 Nov 2018)

Glyn Davies: That might lead some people to have a pretty negative view of Chester, but I do not share that view. I like Chester, have been there quite often and always feel very safe. I do not think that the proposed new clauses are necessary. The issues are already covered and I hope that the hon. Member for Nottingham North will withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Prompt to register as an overseas elector (14 Nov 2018)

Glyn Davies: Thank you, Mr Robertson. I shall miss our weekly meetings when they come to an end. I have little to say about the proposed new clause. The Bill is quite clearly defined and I do not believe that the new clause is necessary. We do not want to put in complications that make it more difficult for the electoral community and electoral registration officers. I hope, in the spirit of having a Bill...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Report on the representation of overseas electors (14 Nov 2018)

Glyn Davies: I understand what has led the hon. Member for City of Chester to table the proposed new clause. I have a considerable understanding of why the Opposition have tabled many of their amendments throughout our consideration of the Bill. I have resisted a lot of those amendments because they have sought to extend the Bill into areas that I did not want it extended to. The purpose of the Bill is to...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Report on the effects on processes for controlling political party donations (31 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: I always listen to the hon. Member for Oxford West and Abingdon with great interest. She raised a lot of interesting points, and I do not think for one second that the new clause would delay the Bill; the points made by those on the Opposition Benches about that are right. However, I think the new clause would extend the Bill. My intention in introducing the Bill is just to extend the...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Extent, commencement and short title (31 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms McDonagh. It is the first time that it has been my pleasure to do so and I am looking forward to it. In this case, as in several others, Opposition Members make interesting points, but their underlying purpose is simply to delay the enfranchisement of the many overseas citizens who, in my view, should be entitled to vote in our elections....

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Extent, commencement and short title (24 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: I must say that I do not appreciate it when Opposition Members say things that I agree with, as that makes my position a little bit difficult, but I want to emphasise that—as has been a trend today—the points that are being made by Members on the Opposition Benches are all reasonable. Our aim in resisting them is that we want to maintain the credibility of the Bill—it is a Bill that...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Extension of franchise for parliamentary elections: British citizens overseas (24 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: Clause 1 removes the existing 15-year time limit on British citizens voting in parliamentary elections, which is a very important principle. It makes no change to the eligibility to vote in different types of elections, such as elections to the European Parliament, local elections, mayoral elections, and police and crime commissioner elections, or to British citizens living in the UK.

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Minor and consequential amendments and transitional provision (24 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: Clause 2 introduces schedule 1, which contains minor and consequential amendments, and schedule 2, which makes transitional provisions.

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Extent, commencement and short title (24 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: The amendment would delay the enfranchisement of many overseas citizens who are calling for the right to vote in our elections. On that basis, the amendment is unjustifiable, and I hope the hon. Gentleman feels able to withdraw it.

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Extension of franchise for parliamentary elections: British citizens overseas (24 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: I think we would all agree that it is important to strike the right balance by providing a system that is both accessible to overseas voters and workable for electoral administrators. I believe that the Bill will do that. The Government have committed to continue to work closely with electoral registration officers to understand how the process can best be supported. With that assurance, I...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Extension of franchise for parliamentary elections: British citizens overseas (24 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: I understand the points that Opposition Members have made. We all agree that the only people who should be entitled to register to vote are those who should be eligible. We have to have steps in place to ensure that registration is restricted to those people. The Bill includes a number of what I consider to be sensible and precautionary provisions to determine the identity of someone applying...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Extension of franchise for parliamentary elections: British citizens overseas (24 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: The purpose of the Bill is to extend the franchise to British citizens overseas. Allowing citizens who were previously resident in the UK, as well as those previously registered, should they move overseas, goes a long way to achieving that. I suggest that to impose additional barriers in regulation goes against the grain of the measures set out in the Bill. The Minister will add a lot more...

Public Bill Committee: Overseas Electors Bill: Extension of franchise for parliamentary elections: British citizens overseas (17 Oct 2018)

Glyn Davies: I very much associate myself with the remarks of my hon. Friend the Member for The Cotswolds. He put that very well; I too know Harry Shindler. The Bill will only enfranchise those who can prove a real and discernible connection to a UK address via a previous registration or residence. At its core is the need to scrap the 15-year rule for overseas voters and rightly ensure that this group can...


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