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NDAs: Universities: Windrush Review — [Esther McVey in the Chair] (29 Jun 2022)

Diane Abbott: The cocktail cabinet!

NDAs: Universities: Windrush Review — [Esther McVey in the Chair] (29 Jun 2022)

Diane Abbott: Does my hon. Friend agree with me that in the Windrush generation there were many black women who came to work as nurses—my mother was one—and without those nurses from the Caribbean we would not have the NHS we have today?

NDAs: Universities: Windrush Review — [Esther McVey in the Chair] (29 Jun 2022)

Diane Abbott: As I said in my earlier intervention, my parents were of the Windrush generation. They came here in the 1950s and I remember how proud they were and how they believed that they were citizens of the United Kingdom. The whole Windrush scandal has been so painful and humiliating for them, and what has made the pain and humiliation worse is the very slow progress in handing out compensation. Only...

NDAs: Universities: Windrush Review — [Esther McVey in the Chair] (29 Jun 2022)

Diane Abbott: I agree with my colleague. It is very regrettable that none of the caseworkers, managers and advisers reflects the diversity of the claimants to the Windrush compensation scheme. It seems to me that if the Home Office were serious about running the scheme efficiently, it would have made more effort to ensure that the officials dealing with the scheme reflected the communities from which most...

NDAs: Universities: Windrush Review — [Esther McVey in the Chair] (29 Jun 2022)

Diane Abbott: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the worst things about the Windrush scandal was that this was a very proud generation, and a generation who thought they were British? They had travelled here on passports that were from the United Kingdom and the colonies. We are here today talking about cash and compensation, but actually it is the emotional impact on that generation that is the worst...

Metropolitan Police Service (29 Jun 2022)

Diane Abbott: The Minister will be aware of the seriousness of the issues set out in the inspectorate’s report. He should also be aware that Londoners do not want to see us in this Chamber passing responsibility between ourselves like some grim game of pass the parcel. Nothing in the inspectorate’s report will come as a surprise to London MPs because, in one way or another, they have dealt with these...

Public Order Bill (23 May 2022)

Diane Abbott: Is my hon. Friend as alarmed as I am to hear Conservative Members talk of the need for the police to be more hands-on with protesters? It is almost as if they are urging the police to intervene physically in lawful protests.

Public Order Bill (23 May 2022)

Diane Abbott: The hon. Gentleman has said that he is not aware that protest had done anything worthwhile. What about the protests of the Chartists? What about the protests of the suffragettes? What about protests calling for peace? Does he really think that those historic protests achieved nothing?

Public Order Bill (23 May 2022)

Diane Abbott: The Home Secretary opened the debate by boasting that the Government support the police and, above all, support law and order, but the reality is that that is far from the truth. This is a Government who have shown a blatant disregard for the law and who confuse, as in this case, draconian legislation with upholding the law and defending justice. The reality is that they conceive of...

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (23 May 2022)

Diane Abbott: What does the Minister intend to do to support children and families who are suffering in social care?

Shireen Abu Aqla (16 May 2022)

Diane Abbott: Does the Minister appreciate that everyone in this House regrets the killing of men and women in Israel, whether they are Israeli or Palestinian? It is quite wrong to imply anything else. There has been talk of the necessity of establishing the facts. Does she appreciate that the facts of the terrible scenes at Shireen’s funeral are beyond doubt? Millions of people around the world have...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Body Searches (25 Apr 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he has taken to review (a) guidance and training for teachers and school staff and (b) guidelines on child safeguarding in relation to strip and intimate searches undertaken by police officers on school grounds.

Home Department: Illegal Immigration (25 Apr 2022)

Diane Abbott: The Minister claimed that the Rwanda scheme will be a way of diminishing the small boats crossing the channel, but he will be aware that at least one Member of this House does not support his scheme: the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs May), who is not only a former Prime Minister, but a former Home Secretary. Can he explain to the House why he disagrees with his colleague, and what...

Referral of Prime Minister to Committee of Privileges (21 Apr 2022)

Diane Abbott: In our arcane system, the Prime Minister can sit as judge and jury on himself. As other Members have pointed out, this is a ridiculous system. I am willing to bet that the Prime Minister will not find himself guilty, even though the Metropolitan police have found him guilty of at least one breach of the covid rules, and my guess is that there are more crimes to come. This is a breach of rules...

Referral of Prime Minister to Committee of Privileges (21 Apr 2022)

Diane Abbott: My right hon. Friend makes a very important point. We are told that we must rely on the integrity of the Government if the rule of law, the principle that no one is above the law and, even more importantly, people’s respect for the political system are to be upheld in this country. Well, we shall see. Conservative Members have complained that the Opposition are engaging in politics, and of...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Training (21 Apr 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to take specific steps to promote and encourage teachers to undertake training on racial bias, discrimination and anti-racism.

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Body Searches (21 Apr 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review into the search of Child Q, what steps she has taken to help ensure that race and ethnicity do not influence the decision to strip search (a) a child and (b) and adult.

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Body Searches (21 Apr 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to tackle race disproportionality in the use of strip searches on children.

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Body Searches (21 Apr 2022)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that children are not strip-searched without a parent, guardian or appropriate adult present.

Global Migration Challenge (19 Apr 2022)

Diane Abbott: The Home Secretary asserts that Labour Members do not understand the issue, but she will be aware that a former permanent secretary at the Home Office, Sir David Normington, said last week about her Rwanda policy: “It’s inhumane, it’s morally reprehensible, it’s probably unlawful and it may well be unworkable”. How does she come to know better than a former Home Office permanent...


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