Results 1–20 of 1175 for speaker:Florence Eshalomi

Israel and Gaza (19 Jul 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on becoming Foreign Secretary, and I welcome his statement outlining the restoration of UNRWA funding, for which Labour Members have been calling for a long time. He will remember that many of us have raised the issue of humanitarian aid. We met many aid organisations throughout the last Parliament, including Islamic Relief, which is based in my...

Covid-19 Inquiry (19 Jul 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement. Like everyone, my thoughts are with the many victims who tragically lost their lives. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the hard-working staff at St Thomas’ hospital in my constituency who cared for so many people in their last dying days, and who cared for the former Prime Minister when he caught covid-19. You will be aware, Mr...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (17 Jul 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: May I start by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Bootle (Peter Dowd) on his fantastic speech? As the eldest of three girls, we like the last ones because we can blame them for everything. It is an honour to follow my hon. Friend and to second the Loyal Address, not only for me but for my constituents across Vauxhall and Camberwell Green. When I was asked by the Chief Whip, my...

Political Violence and Disruption: Walney Report (22 May 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: I thank the Minister for his statement. I know that he takes the issue seriously, and I hope that he will agree that liberty also means the right to protest. That is a cornerstone of our democracy, and people have the right to protest in a peaceful and respectful manner. A number of these protests go through my Vauxhall constituency, and police are often abstracted to cover them. We know that...

The Economy (22 May 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: In response to the Minister’s last reply, even if interest rates are cut later this year, that will not make an impact for a number of my constituents in Vauxhall. According to the Bank of England, people have seen their mortgage and rent go up by over £240 a month, as my hon. Friend the Member for Brent Central (Dawn Butler) said. Over 10.1 million people are falling behind on their...

Arrests and Prison Capacity (22 May 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: Last Friday I attended a community meeting in my constituency with a group of residents, our local safer neighbourhood team and some of our elected councillors. It was in response to a fatal shooting of a young 26-year-old. The residents spoke about having the reassurance of knowing that the suspect had already been arrested, thanks to the work of the local police. What is the Minister’s...

Knife Crime Awareness Week (21 May 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: I thank my hon. Friend for making such a passionate speech on this important issue—an issue that we cannot afford to politicise. She has mentioned violence reduction units. We have fantastic VRUs in London working with communities, including those in my constituency. Those VRUs have been funded directly by the Mayor of London’s office. Does she agree that the Government need to keep...

Infected Blood Compensation Scheme (21 May 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: Earlier this year, on 18 January, I raised the case of my constituent, Nigel Winborne, a victim of infected blood. As a result, Nigel developed various health issues, including renal failure and liver cirrhosis. I said that Nigel wanted a “faster resolution to the infected blood scandal compensation before it is too late for myself and others to see full and final...

Israel and Gaza (20 May 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: When we talk about the role of the ICC, it is not about whether it is moral but about making sure that a democratic state falls within the rule of international law. An estimated 35,000 people have been killed and 132 hostages are still being held. The Arab League has now called for an immediate ceasefire and the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in the west bank until a two-state...

Palestinians: Visa Scheme — [Martin Vickers in the Chair] (13 May 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. A number of Members have highlighted the fact that the Ukrainian scheme was dependent on our local councils helping families and welcoming them into our boroughs. My hon. Friend and I share the borough of Lambeth, which was awarded borough of sanctuary status in 2022 in recognition of the fact that our constituents want to help, aided by the...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Elections: Proof of Identity ( 8 May 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he plans to amend the list of acceptable photo ID before the next General Election.

War in Gaza ( 7 May 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: The initial Israeli offence in Rafah began last night, and it has been described as “limited”. An operation is not limited if it results in the evacuation and forced displacement of around 100,000 people. An operation is not limited if it results in all crossings being closed, and humanitarian aid being completely halted. The House cannot downplay the significance of what is happening....

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (22 Apr 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: Given that a permanent secretary has said that there is no evidence the plan will work as a deterrent, as it will account for just 1% of those crossing the channel, does my hon. agree that it is just a gimmick?

Sudan: Government Response (22 Apr 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: I draw the Minister’s attention to a report on the BBC website, in case he has not read it, by Zeinab Mohammed Salih, a Sudanese journalist. She recalls: “People have told me of ethnically targeted killings and sexual violence. They remain traumatised, months afterwards.” The Minister may be aware that months before the war broke out, sexual violence and gender-based violence was being...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: HIV Infection: Research (16 Apr 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding her Department plans to provide for research and development into HIV in the (a) 2024-25 and (b) 2025-26 financial year.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: HIV Infection: Research (16 Apr 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding her Department has provided for research and development into a (a) cure and (b) vaccine for HIV in each year since 2019.

Pedicabs (London) Bill [Lords]: Clause 11 - Short title (26 Mar 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: It is great to see progress on this Bill. I want to start by congratulating my constituency neighbour, the hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Nickie Aiken), on first introducing the Bill. I congratulate her on her persistence in getting this hard, long-awaited Bill to its last remaining stages. Like her, my Front-Bench colleagues and the Mayor of London, I have long supported...

Pedicabs (London) Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Power to regulate pedicabs (26 Mar 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: I thank the Minister for making those points, and I thank the hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Nickie Aiken). It is fitting, as we are coming to the last few debates in the Chamber before Easter, that the Bill has been resurrected perhaps five times. We are nearly there. On what the Minister has just outlined, does he agree that there is cross-party support for seeing a...

Pedicabs (London) Bill [Lords]: Clause 1 - Power to regulate pedicabs (26 Mar 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: My hon. Friend is making a good closing speech on why regulation is important. The hon. Member for Cities of London and Westminster (Nickie Aiken) and I share the view that the Bill strikes the right balance between allowing a sustainable and supported pedicab industry to develop, and giving Transport for London the powers that it needs to ensure that the sector runs safely. Does he agree?

Israel and Gaza (26 Mar 2024)

Florence Eshalomi: The Minister will remember that last week, in the previous statement, I mentioned a briefing I had attended with other Members that was led by leading aid organisations, including Oxfam, Islamic Relief and Action Against Hunger. They detailed the scale of the suffering and the scale of the man-made famine. The Minister has been on his feet for more than an hour now, and he has mentioned all...

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