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All 16 results for windrush speaker:Baroness Benjamin

Windrush Compensation Scheme - Statement (3 Apr 2019)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her kind words, as well as my noble friend. I am part of the Windrush generation and this issue is close to my heart. I was delighted to hear the Statement being read out. I am also happy to say that not only do we have a Windrush Day, which 50 applicants will be getting money to celebrate, but we have £500,000 to spend each year on Windrush Day from now...

MV “Empire Windrush” - Question (21 Jun 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, on behalf of Windrush pioneers and the Windrush Foundation, of which I am a patron, I congratulate the Government and the Minister on answering our pleas to create an annual Windrush Day as a legacy of the Windrush generation. This will make Caribbean people, who for not just the last 70 years but centuries have worked hard to make Britain great and prosperous, despite suffering...

First World War: Empire and Commonwealth Troops - Question for Short Debate (4 Jun 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, for securing this important debate, especially in the light of the recent unfortunate events surrounding the Windrush generation. I declare an interest as a patron of the Windrush Foundation. In the 1950s, when I was a child in school in Trinidad, each day we would line up in the playground, dressed in our neat school uniform and sing “God...

Windrush Generation - Statement (24 Apr 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, this is the third time in the last week that I have spoken on this appalling issue, and it breaks my heart to do so. The image of broken-hearted elderly men and women of the Windrush generation weeping on television over the truly unbelievable treatment they have received will remain with us for a long time. They are etched on the nation’s mind and consciousness. It could so...

Windrush Generation - Question (23 Apr 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make reparations for the harm and distress caused to the Windrush generation.

Windrush Generation - Question (23 Apr 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper, and declare an interest as a patron of the Windrush Foundation.

Windrush Generation - Question (23 Apr 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, the British public are furious at the Government-created Windrush fiasco. It is a matter of national shame, and trust and confidence need to be re-established. So can the Minister reassure the House that the new task force is made up of experienced, compassionate immigration officers, whose objective is to ensure unconditional British citizenship for these vulnerable Windrush...

Windrush Generation: Immigration Status - Statement (16 Apr 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, it is good to hear the Government’s positive response to this distressing, inconsiderate and heartless situation. I came to Britain in 1960 as a British citizen; a Windrush generation child who was told that I was part of the motherland and would be welcomed. Luckily for me, I had my own passport as I travelled without my parents, otherwise I too would be having to prove my...

MV “Empire Windrush” - Question (8 Jan 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks in June 1948 carrying Caribbean people who had been encouraged to emigrate to the United Kingdom by the Government.

MV “Empire Windrush” - Question (8 Jan 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and declare an interest as a patron of the Windrush Foundation.

MV “Empire Windrush” - Question (8 Jan 2018)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank the noble Lord for that Answer. “No coloureds welcome” was the sign that the Windrush pioneers faced in 1948 because the Government did not make it absolutely clear that the Caribbean people were invited to come to the UK to rescue the NHS, the transport system and factories after the war. Today, many descendants of those pioneers do not know that part of their history, as it is...

Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 — Motion to Take Note (8 Nov 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: ...throughout. It was by far the most diverse and inclusive Olympic and Paralympic Games ever and I feel so proud to say that. I met some of the volunteers who took part in the opening ceremony in the "Windrush" display. Their enthusiasm and euphoria was infectious; they felt they had been given an unbelievable opportunity and an experience of a lifetime. One said, "It's like a dream come...

Minority Ethnic and Religious Communities: Cultural and Economic Contribution — Motion to Take Note (24 May 2012)

Baroness Benjamin: ...extravaganza. It has become a well established and much loved instrument played by many British school children today. Calypso music was introduced to London by the arrival in 1948 of two "Empire Windrush" passengers, Lord Kitchener and Lord Beginner, who wrote and sang calypsos about the Caribbean immigrants' experiences here in Britain at that time, with songs such as "London Is the...

Schools: History — Debate (20 Oct 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: .... Yes, this all happened here in Britain less than a lifetime ago. I have always gone to great lengths to explain to anyone who will listen that immigration to this country did not start with the Windrush, as many people seem to believe, and as the media continue constantly to reinforce. In 17th-century paintings by Hogarth we see the diverse nature of London, and yet it is rarely...


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