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Policing and Prevention of Violence against Women (15 Mar 2021)

Diane Abbott: Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarah Everard’s family. The Home Secretary will be aware that the whole nation was upset by the images of women who had come to a peaceful vigil about violence against women finding themselves wrestled to the ground and handcuffed by police officers. The statement by the Metropolitan police sought to justify what happened on Saturday by talking about “the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Migrants: Detainees ( 4 Mar 2021)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to create small units for the detention of women within existing immigration removal centres; how many women will be detained in those centres; and for what reason the detention estate for women is being expanded by the creation of a new detention centre in Durham.

Covid-19: Ethnic Minority Disparities ( 1 Mar 2021)

Diane Abbott: The Minister is insistent that the wildly disproportionate rate of infection and death among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities has nothing to do with the fact that they are black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group. Has it occurred to her that the fact that they are more likely to be in overcrowded, poor housing conditions and in the types of job that leave them liable to...

Health and Social Care: Covid-19 Vaccination: Vulnerable Groups (23 Feb 2021)

Diane Abbott: What estimate he has made of the level of covid-19 vaccination among (a) black and (b) white people in the most vulnerable groups.

Health and Social Care: Covid-19 Vaccination: Vulnerable Groups (23 Feb 2021)

Diane Abbott: Will the Minister speak to Public Health England and ensure that local directors of public health make this information and other information in relation to specific cohorts available at a borough level to local MPs? He will be aware that the danger is that we could be hitting our vaccination targets overall, but certain groups are left behind. Many local MPs want to have some transparency...

Written Answers — Home Office: Palace of Westminster: Police (16 Feb 2021)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officers are in the Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team; and who the head of that team is.

Covid-19 Update ( 9 Feb 2021)

Diane Abbott: The whole House has welcomed what the Secretary of State has had to say about the progress in fighting coronavirus, but he will be aware that there is a very real danger that one cohort will be left behind: black and ethnic minority communities. We already know that black people are four times more likely to die from coronavirus, and currently the statistics show that black over-80s are half...

Support for University Students: Covid-19 ( 3 Feb 2021)

Diane Abbott: The Government’s support package is welcome, but the Minister will be aware that many stakeholders do not think it goes far enough. There is a particular issue about students being required to pay full fees for courses that are nowhere near the quality and content of the course experience they would get if they were actually attending university. The Minister has said that individual...

Covid-19 ( 6 Jan 2021)

Diane Abbott: The Prime Minister will be aware that, as school lessons move online, the cost of pay-as-you-go broadband is completely prohibitive for poor families in areas such as Hackney. He is talking about coming to cut-price arrangements, but what so many families need is access to free broadband—an excellent policy, which was in Labour’s 2019 manifesto. No child should be deprived of an education...

European Union (Future Relationship) Bill (30 Dec 2020)

Diane Abbott: In over 30 years in this House, this is the most important and consequential piece of legislation on British-EU relations that I have taken part in. Let me say at the beginning that I will not be voting for this Tory Brexit deal today, but that is not because I do not respect the result of the 2016 referendum. I think I have rather good Eurosceptic credentials. I voted against the Maastricht...

Scheduled Mass Deportation: Jamaica (30 Nov 2020)

Diane Abbott: Does the Minister accept that many people feel that this mass deportation is both cruel and potentially dangerous: cruel because he is separating, just weeks from Christmas, families of people who have served their sentence; and possibly dangerous because he is deporting vulnerable people—communities that we know are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus—in the middle of a pandemic?

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill: New Clause 8 - Lone terrorists: Review of strategy (21 Jul 2020)

Diane Abbott: I rise to speak in support of the amendments. The stakes in any debate about terrorism and how to combat terrorism successfully are extremely high, because these are issues that involve the lives and liberties of all of us. Children as well as adults have lost their lives in some of these terrible incidents, particularly in the horrific Manchester Arena bombing. Police officers have been...

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill: New Clause 8 - Lone terrorists: Review of strategy (21 Jul 2020)

Diane Abbott: Does my hon. Friend accept that the concern about TPIMs is not just the breadth of measures available but their indefinite nature against people who have not actually been tried and charged?

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (18 May 2020)

Diane Abbott: Like my good friend the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), I shall be voting against this Bill. It is a bad Bill. It is bad in principle, bad in practice and it sends a terrible message to migrants and the children of migrants. The Bill does indeed abolish freedom of movement—although once this country voted to brexit, freedom of movement would have...

Women and Equalities: Covid-19: BAME Communities ( 6 May 2020)

Diane Abbott: What steps the Government are taking to tackle the disproportionate number of BAME deaths from covid-19.

Women and Equalities: Covid-19: BAME Communities ( 6 May 2020)

Diane Abbott: The Minister will be aware that of the 17 doctors who have died from covid-19, 16 are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. So will she be speaking to her ministerial colleagues in the Department of Health about the NHS surcharge for migrants? It cannot be right that NHS migrant workers, who are frequently BAME, pay twice for the NHS, first in taxation and then through the...

Domestic Abuse Bill (28 Apr 2020)

Diane Abbott: We live in extraordinary times. Unfortunately, there is nothing extraordinary about domestic violence. It affects women of all classes and in all walks of life, and the figures show that it has got considerably worse in the course of the coronavirus lockdown. I welcome this important Bill. There are ways in which it could be improved, but in principle it represents a real step forward. First,...

Written Answers — Home Office: Windrush Lessons Learned Review (27 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will publish the Windrush lessons learned review; and if she will make a statement.

Financial and Social Emergency Support Package (25 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: Does my right hon. Friend share my concern for that particular group of victims who are people with no recourse to public funds? They cannot work in a situation where so much of the economy has been closed down, and they have no legal rights to benefits of any kind—even the paltry level of benefits that the Government are talking about. They are not the only group, but these people face...

Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: Expenditure on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (24 Mar 2020)

Diane Abbott: As I said in Committee, the Opposition support the Bill in principle, but it is unfortunate that we have had to discuss it before we have had a proper debate about the lessons learned review. One thing that that review said was that this was not a mistake: there were problems in the whole culture and leadership of the Home Office. I understand why, given the public health tragedy in which...


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