Results 101–120 of 7000 for speaker:Diane Abbott OR speaker:Diane Abbott

Black History Month — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Diane Abbott: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Bell Ribeiro-Addy) on obtaining this important debate. We have heard a lot of important points about black history, but I want to talk about more recent black history. I want to answer the question of why four black MPs were elected for the first time in 1987. It is tempting...

Black History Month — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Diane Abbott: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that important intervention. Of course I am not advocating civil disorder. As someone who lived through that era, I am saying that without people marching and taking to the streets, I am confident that there would not have been the impetus, the concern and the focus that enabled me and my three colleagues to be elected in 1987. He must give me some credit for...

Black History Month — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Diane Abbott: Yes, we have to stop this cycle. I have lived through too many decades of it: of civil disorder, which hon. Members opposite deprecate, of anger, anguish and concern, of reports such as the Scarman report, of “13 dead and nothing said”, of reports being written and nothing changes. I have to tell hon. Members that the community—not just the ethnic minority community but the community as...

Black History Month — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (28 Oct 2021)

Diane Abbott: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. When we talk about unimplemented reports and inquiries, we could go all the way back to the early ’80s and the Scarman inquiry. If everything that Scarman spoke about had been addressed, we would not be in the situation we are in today.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Agnes Wanjiru (28 Oct 2021)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support the Government is providing to the Kenyan police in their investigation into the 2012 death of Agnes Wanjiru; and if he will make a statement.

Black History Month (21 Oct 2021)

Diane Abbott: If we are talking about black heroes and heroines, who could be more heroic than that generation of black nurses from all over the Commonwealth who helped to build the NHS post war, the NHS of which we are all so proud today?

Covid-19 Update (14 Sep 2021)

Diane Abbott: The Secretary of State is quite correctly urging people to get vaccinated. He will be aware that, sadly, certain ethnic minorities have relatively low vaccine take-up, and we see that in my borough of Hackney. Has he considered anything that the Government could do nationally to support outreach to ethnic minority communities?

Black Maternal Health Week — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Sep 2021)

Diane Abbott: I think everyone present welcomes the establishment of the new office. The Minister has mentioned obesity, alcohol and smoking as risk factors in pregnancy; I take it she is not suggesting that the disproportionate outcomes we have for black women are because we are more likely to be obese, smoke or drink.

Black Maternal Health Week — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Sep 2021)

Diane Abbott: I just wanted to get that clear.

Black Maternal Health Week — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Sep 2021)

Diane Abbott: Does the hon. Lady agree that the hostile environment affects not just the pregnant women themselves but may well affect black staff, who feel, as we have heard, frightened to speak up about what they are seeing?

Black Maternal Health Week — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Sep 2021)

Diane Abbott: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate on an important subject. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Bell Ribeiro-Addy), who made it possible. In particular, to speak in Black Maternal Health Awareness Week feels right and appropriate. For all mothers-to-be, pregnancy is a challenging time, as I remember. Pregnant women feel vulnerable as...

Afghanistan Policy (13 Sep 2021)

Diane Abbott: I have listened with care to the Minister’s statement. Is she aware of how many British residents and passport holders will be very shocked to learn that the Government can offer them no information on their relatives trapped in Afghanistan, let alone help them get their relatives to safety? Perhaps she should write to us and say she has no information. At least that would help us shed...

Afghanistan ( 6 Sep 2021)

Diane Abbott: The Prime Minister will be aware that the entire House is united in offering our respect and congratulations to the people at the grassroots who made the evacuation of British passport holders and Afghans possible in recent weeks, but he must also be aware of how difficult it has been to get responses from Government Departments on behalf of our constituents who are terrified for their...

Afghanistan (18 Aug 2021)

Diane Abbott: We in this House and our constituents have all seen the chaos and speed of the Taliban takeover. One of the questions that we have to address today and in the days to come is: how did it happen and what lessons are to be learned? The points that I want to make this afternoon are about the people we, the British people, cannot let down. First, we cannot let down the British veterans who, over...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Disease Control (26 Jul 2021)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to help reduce the risk of contracting covid-19 for immunocompromised people after the planned easing of covod-19 restrictions on 19 July 2021.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Disease Control (26 Jul 2021)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on covid-19 risk for immunocompromised people after the planned easing of covid-19 restrictions on July 19 2021.

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Sleeping Rough: Housing (20 Jul 2021)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support his Department plans to put in place to ensure effective future accommodation pathways can be offered to all rough sleepers currently in emergency accommodation.

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Gay Conversion Therapy ( 9 Jul 2021)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in Canada and Australian on the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to ban conversion therapy.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospitals: Greater London (21 Jun 2021)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will ring-fence funding for the Palliative Care Unit at the Whipps Cross Hospital.


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