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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...

Groceries Supply Code of Practice — [Mrs Sheryll Murray in the Chair] (22 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Murray. I congratulate the hon. Member for Neath (Christina Rees) on securing and leading this important debate. This issue matters so much to my farmers. I rise on behalf of the 400-plus farmers in Rutland, Melton, the Vale and the Harborough villages—people such as Ben Whyles, a fifth-generation farmer in Empingham—as well as all...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Serbia: Elections (12 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made for the implications of his Department's policies of reported irregularities in the Serbian parliamentary elections held on 17 December 2023.

Storm Henk ( 8 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: I have been out in our villages in Rutland, Leicestershire and nearby Lincolnshire, whether that is Whitwell, Oakham, Greatford or Braceborough. We have had appalling flooding, with people evacuated from their homes, water up our waists—you name it—and boats out getting vehicles, animals and people to safety. My Conservative councillors in Rutland have called for an urgent meeting of the...

Israel and Palestine ( 8 Jan 2024)

Alicia Kearns: Thank you Mr Speaker. I welcome the £2 million for additional food and the special envoy that so many of us have been calling for. First, now that Israel says it has dismantled Hamas in the north of Gaza, what are the plans to surge aid into the area, and what are Israel’s plans to rebuild the territory? Secondly, will my right hon. Friend give consideration to my proposal for an...

School Pupils with Allergies — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (30 Nov 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I know that the Minister cannot commit to anything at this moment, but I would very much appreciate it if I could pick up that point about the code with him, maybe in a few weeks’ time; we could see whether that resource could be put on the Department for Education’s website or look at the best way to ensure that all schools around the country are aware of it, not just through the...

School Pupils with Allergies — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (30 Nov 2023)

Alicia Kearns: Will my hon. Friend give way on that point before he moves on?

School Pupils with Allergies — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (30 Nov 2023)

Alicia Kearns: We have a little more time. On that point, would the Minister accept that there is a real problem that, while the auto-injectors are stored in schools, not many staff go through any form of training on how to use them? We have to be honest, in this day and age when we see Americanism being imported to our country, teachers are scared that they will end up in law courts. The Department has a...

School Pupils with Allergies — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (30 Nov 2023)

Alicia Kearns: Can I ask the Minister one very last question? It will be the last one, I promise—that is not something I have ever said before in this room. [Laughter.]

School Pupils with Allergies — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (30 Nov 2023)

Alicia Kearns: If the point is around the Department believing that this is being done rightly, does the Minister know whether Ofsted, when it reviews schools, takes into account whether or not the allergy guidance and section 100 is being upheld adequately? I am aware that this falls between two briefs; it is not just the Minister’s brief. If that is not the case, could he write to me? That may actually...

School Pupils with Allergies — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (30 Nov 2023)

Alicia Kearns: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer, and it is lovely to swap roles, given the other jobs we hold. I thank the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) for securing this debate. He is truly such a good man, as I think everyone in this place would say. It speaks so much to the kind of man he is that, having received an email from someone far away from his...

Rural Councils: Funding — [Mrs Pauline Latham in the Chair] (29 Nov 2023)

Alicia Kearns: As a former civil servant, I take issue with the idea that, somehow, civil servants have agreed to a political formula. That is not how it works. Is he really suggesting that Rutland and Melton is a key red wall seat? We received £23 million of levelling-up funding, but I do not remember being at the top of the list of people who needed to be re-elected by being given some kind of handout...

Rural Councils: Funding — [Mrs Pauline Latham in the Chair] (29 Nov 2023)

Alicia Kearns: I am pleased to speak under your chairmanship, Mrs Latham. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Chris Loder) for securing the debate. When my hon. Friend the Minister accepted his position, he might not have realised that he was essentially agreeing to be hunted down by the Member for Rutland and Melton on a weekly basis. On that, I urge him to open his diary—after my speech,...


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