Results 61–80 of 1024 for speaker:Glyn Davies

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I will give way after I have made one point. This is something that was quite dramatic for me. About three weeks ago, a gentleman named Harry Shindler—some Members here may have met him—came all the way from Italy to Britain to talk to me about this Bill. Harry Shindler is an incredible man. He is 97 years old and the longest-serving member of the Labour party. He is still an...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I will; I have already mentioned the hon. Gentleman in my speech.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I thank my friend for that intervention, and I agree absolutely with his point. If everybody in this House were to meet and talk to Harry Shindler, there would not be a single person who was not a supporter of my Bill.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: Oh, I am sorry, yes. I had promised to give way previously.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: A lot of detail will be involved in this Bill. That matter will probably be dealt with in Committee —I just hope that it will go through to Committee so that we can deal with that then. The Minister who is responding later will have picked up on that point.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: That is another intervention that I greatly welcome and that accords totally with my thinking. It is damaging, yes. We have moved away from the principle of having any restriction at all, which is sensible. I want to come on to that point, but, first, I will take another intervention.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I am sure that the Minister will clarify that point because not only have I invited her to do so, but my hon. Friend has too.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: May I make just one brief point? I just want to emphasise how many people—people unknown to me—who have written to me from overseas just to thank me for this Bill. Their level of appreciation is huge, as is the importance they attach to being able to vote in a British election because they are British citizens; it really is overwhelming. I am sure that other hon. Members have had exactly...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: I agree. In fact, I will later make reference to that very point.

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: That is a perfectly valid point, but it is not a part of this Bill. It could easily be part of another Bill and there could then be a debate about it. The hon. Lady will know that the Welsh Government plan to have such a debate, which is fair enough; I think that there will be different views on that Bill within the governing party. The subject is not, however, included in this Bill. If it...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: It is important—certainly to me—that this is a non-partisan Bill. I have brought it forward because it will deliver justice to UK citizens living abroad. There are supporters on the Conservative Benches because I have asked them all to come. I am overwhelmed by their personal support, but I know they also think this is an important issue. My second general point is on the importance of...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: Indeed I do. Britain’s soft power—that important exercise of British influence throughout the world—is greatly benefited by British citizens in British businesses overseas being active in British politics through voting for Members of this House, who then develop their views, opinions and influence. My third point concerns what has changed. We have heard reference already to changing...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Glyn Davies: If someone is a UK citizen, they should, in my view, have a right to vote in a UK general election. It is as simple as that. An arbitrary time limit, be it 15, 20 or five years, is no longer appropriate and only means that it will have to come back to us in the future for further debate. Let us get rid of it altogether and make it straightforward: UK citizens can vote in UK elections—and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Organ Donation (19 Dec 2017)

Glyn Davies: What the evidential basis is for his Department’s proposals on presumed consent for organ donation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Organ Donation (19 Dec 2017)

Glyn Davies: As someone with a long-standing passion to increase the number of organs available for donation, I am encouraged by the Minister’s response. Does she think that the shift from the current voluntary system to one where the state makes decisions based on presumed consent had an impact on the reduction in the number of live donors over the past three years?

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] ( 5 Dec 2017)

Glyn Davies: Thank you for calling me to speak, Mr Wilson. It was a late decision to contribute to the debate, but I want to join in the enthusiasm in the Chamber and for Swansea to be chosen as the city of culture. Montgomeryshire is a long way away from Swansea, but in my view it is Wales’s turn. It does not matter whether people are from Montgomeryshire or Ynys Môn— the hon. Member for Ynys Môn...

City of Culture 2021: Swansea Bid — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] ( 5 Dec 2017)

Glyn Davies: I completely agree. Let us all give our full backing to Swansea, and let it be known that we shall be most displeased if it is not selected.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Relations: Colombia (16 Nov 2017)

Glyn Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking to strengthen cultural links with Colombia.

Loneliness and Local Communities (15 Nov 2017)

Glyn Davies: Outside of my life in the public sector, I have worked in the hill livestock industry. I remember, from the period of foot and mouth disease, how people in that industry were simply working alone most of the day. I remember the impact that I had as a public representative simply by ringing up those who I knew were on their own and struggling, just to talk to them. A practice that all of us...


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