Results 61–80 of 674 for speaker:Alicia Kearns

Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] ( 1 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: No, I will not give way on this point, because I will not hear more erasure of a transgender community. We can discuss the intricacies, but that I will not stand for. I am not going to go into the arguments about the Bill, because the hon. Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Lloyd Russell-Moyle) did an exceptional. job. He went out and met every single person, organisation and lobby group and...

Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] ( 1 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I would suggest that the ultimate failure of civility is to erase a member of the LGBT community —to erase an entire group. I am happy to discuss the nuanced points, but I will not do so if Members want to suggest that transgender people do not exist, or that we do not really have a definition in law of what transgender people are. They exist in law and they exist in this place, and they...

Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] ( 1 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: On 31 January 2023 I tabled an amendment to the Online Safety Bill on conversion therapy. We had the numbers, but I told the Government that if they said in a written ministerial statement and on the Floor of this House that they would commit to pre-legislative security that would be completed by October, I would not push the amendment. I did not push the amendment because that commitment...

Prayers - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] ( 1 Mar 2024)

Alicia Kearns: The Bill reflects the limits in existing statute about where parents’ behaviour can go from supporting their child, through challenging conversations, to abuse. I am slightly concerned that there is a risk that some who oppose the Bill are suggesting that, if a parent’s challenging of their child’s LGBT inherent nature—who they are—becomes abuse, that is somehow acceptable: that...

Ukraine (28 Feb 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I welcome the deputy Foreign Secretary’s focus on the progress that Ukraine has made against overwhelming odds in the face of one of the biggest militaries in the world. I have just returned from Ukraine with the hon. Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald), and while there, it was my honour to meet some of the soldiers who were gravely injured last summer defending Avdiivka....

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Solar Power: Land Use (28 Feb 2024)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether her Department plans to introduce a national monitoring system to track land being developed for ground mounted solar.

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Supply Chains: Solar Power (27 Feb 2024)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the supply chains of UK solar companies do not include Uyghur slave labour.

Points of Order (19 Feb 2024)

Alicia Kearns: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker, I would be grateful if you could advise those of us in this House who wish to pay tribute to the amazing Saxby-born Tony Roe, who is the BBC’s east midlands political editor. He has looked after our local democracies and our communities for more than 40 years, and this is his last week. We from the east midlands are very grateful to him for all he has...

Death of Alexei Navalny (19 Feb 2024)

Alicia Kearns: Alexei Navalny was murdered. It is important that we in this House call it out for what it was, because that is what he deserves. Following his murder, I was also in Munich, where I heard his wife, Yulia, ask for us to stand by her. That is what we must now do. The US threatened more than a year ago that there would be significant repercussions if Navalny was murdered; Biden must now deliver...

Prime Minister: Engagements ( 7 Feb 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I give my heartfelt thanks to the Prime Minster for his support for our Melton, Harborough and Stamford villages following the recent devastating flooding. Tens of homes, farms and businesses in Rutland were also devastated, but our county is in effect excluded from ever receiving support in the future due to the arbitrary floor currently in place. Flood support should be based on the most...

Disability Action Plan ( 5 Feb 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I welcome the disability action plan. It follows the British Sign Language Act 2022 and the Down Syndrome Act 2022, which have supported 2 million more disabled people into work, as well as the cost of living disability payments, which begin tomorrow. I will be holding a disability forum in my home county of Rutland on 28 June, where I will bring together people living with disabilities, and...

Telegraph Media Group: Proposed Sale to RedBird IMI (30 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the proposed sale of the Telegraph Media Group to RedBird IMI.

Telegraph Media Group: Proposed Sale to RedBird IMI (30 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: Thank you for granting this important urgent question, Mr Speaker. The Minister hits the nail on the head when she says that this is about freedom from Government interference, although it is quite something for us to start this urgent question knowing that we will get no answer to any of our questions. We have a proud tradition of a fiercely independent press in our country—a press who...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: British citizen Vladimir Kara-Murza has been moved from a Siberian prison to an unknown location, having endured four months of isolation. Why? Because his voice of freedom is such a threat to Putin. Vladimir has been poisoned twice and, under Russian law, should not even be in prison. What progress has been made on locating Vladimir and getting him released, so that we do not see him die in...

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (29 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I welcome the update from the deputy Foreign Secretary about the Contact Group and progress being made. However, I am concerned that on 18 January in Al-Mawasi, a supposed safe zone in Gaza, the UK charity Medical Aid for Palestinians and the International Rescue Committee had their compound bombed by an airstrike from an F-16 jet. Thankfully, the four British doctors living there were only...

Situation in the Red Sea (24 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: While much of this debate will rightly focus on the rationale, execution and objectives of the recent airstrikes against Houthi rebel military infrastructure, I want to begin with some comments on who the Houthis really are. I have been deeply disturbed by comments in our national conversation painting them somehow as a progressive movement, as freedom fighters or as some legitimate...

Situation in the Red Sea (24 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: It is no surprise that my right hon. Friend makes an important point. Whether it is blocking aid, forcing children to act as soldiers or raping and torturing women, the Houthis have no interest in supporting anything but their own power. They have consistently lied to the people of Yemen, and we cannot allow them to act again. I urge anyone in this country who is suggesting in any way that...

Situation in the Red Sea (24 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I thank the right hon. Member—my friend—who is always generous in his thoughts and contributions to such debates. I agree entirely. That takes me to my fundamental point: this may be a debate on the Red sea, but we are really talking about Iran. My assessment—colleagues may differ—is that Iran is willing to do everything but reach outright warfare. It will industrialise sub-threshold...

Situation in the Red Sea (24 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I thank my right hon. Friend for his contribution and for all he has been doing over the past few weeks. As he makes clear, this has been an increasingly difficult situation—we had no choice but to act. What is our assessment of the extent to which we need to degrade Houthi capabilities in order for them to change their intent and actions? As yet, I am unclear as to whether we have the...

Action Against Houthi Maritime Attacks (23 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I welcome the airstrikes, which were conducted solely to re-establish freedom of maritime movement. However, there are a number of Iranian proxies and allied groups operating across the middle east, and the hand of Iran is clear in their activities. Iran is the fundamental threat to UK security and to stability in the region. What is the strategic approach and intent to comprehensively reduce...


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