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Results 361–380 of 5000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Flynn

Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 — New Psychoactive Substances – Prevention and Education (20 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: Before I start, may I point out one major error? A picture of me has been widely retweeted by Members of the House. It was taken from American television, where tens of millions of people were informed in the caption that I was leader of the Labour party. I just want to point out that this information is a tad premature. It is generous to describe this Bill as a landmark in legislative...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 — New Psychoactive Substances – Prevention and Education (20 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: Will the hon. Gentleman tell us what attention the Committee gave to the fact that the only two countries in the world that have passed similar legislation have seen large increases in the use of these drugs? In Ireland, there was an increase from 16% to 22%, and in Poland there was a level increase of 3%, the biggest in its history. Is the Bill not going to have the same bad effect?

Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 — New Psychoactive Substances – Prevention and Education (20 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: Following the arguments being put forward from the other side, does the hon. Lady agree that the two most deadly drugs, which are taken by millions of people in this country and which cause addiction and a huge number of deaths, are tobacco and alcohol? Has she contemplated the effects that banning those two drugs would have throughout the world?

Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 — New Psychoactive Substances – Prevention and Education (20 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: Does not the right hon. Lady think that if we treat these nootropic drugs differently from all the other new psychoactive drugs, there is a danger that we give them some credibility or approval? There has been some research into their harm, or otherwise. The trials have been poorly designed, and they have not found any great dangers in them, but they would not be accepted as being right for a...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 — New Psychoactive Substances – Prevention and Education (20 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: My right hon. Friend says that the name “legal highs” attracts people to the drugs. Does he not think that if we change their name to “illegal highs”, they will become even more attractive to adolescents?

Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 — New Psychoactive Substances – Prevention and Education (20 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: Will my hon. Friend challenge the popular myth that, by banning a drug, we reduce its use? That has virtually never happened, and almost every time a previously legal substance is banned, its use increases. That happened with mephedrone and its use increased 300%. It is a complete myth to say that banning a drug will have such effect. What it is likely to do is replace a legal market with a...

Psychoactive Substances Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 — New Psychoactive Substances – Prevention and Education (20 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: Can my hon. Friend give an example of any anti-drug use education programme here or anywhere else in the world in this century or the last century that has resulted in a reduction in drug use?

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: The triumph of today is that we have had a debate that has been seen by many people outside, including in the United States, and they have seen Parliament at its very best. We have had a diverse debate from a diverse Parliament, and I believe that it reinforces the need for the Petitions Committee, which is a very young and experimental Committee that is going very slowly, to build a role...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petitions 114003 and 114907 relating to the exclusion of Donald Trump from the UK. It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I thank the Petitions Committee, which under its inspired Chair, my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones), has allowed me to introduce the debate on these two petitions. This...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: The figures are worrying, but we are still in a position where the President of America is Barack Obama. I am sure that he would look with equal disapproval at those cases, but they need to be investigated. It is certainly of considerable concern, and Mr Wilders’ case is of great significance to us. The creator of the main petition said: “Freedom of any kind comes with responsibility;...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: It is a significant day. Martin Luther King was a great man who left a great legacy behind. We should look at what we are doing in this case and what we are doing in pursuing a cause that would expel the—

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: Yes, of course.

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: I am sure that is absolutely right. Our great difficulty is that showing disrespect for Mr Trump might be interpreted by his supporters and others in America as showing disrespect to the American nation, but that is not what we are doing. One individual is involved. If we attack this one man, we are in danger of fixing on him a halo of victimhood. We give him the role of martyrdom, which can...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: That is right. Petitioners have drawn to our attention how Mr Trump mocked a man for his disability in a cruel way. He described the people of Mexico as rapists and drug abusers. He made degrading remarks about women. More recently he suggested that Muslims not be allowed into his country, which is an extraordinary and extremely dangerous thing to say. We are faced with the most dangerous...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Donald Trump (18 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: I think it is premature—we have had an intervention on this before—but if that was to happen, it would of course be an outrage. It would certainly be contrary to all American history—the words written on the Statue of Liberty—and a denial of the best in America’s history and its hospitality to those who wish to live in her country. I would urge the alternative of inviting Mr Trump...

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: UK Delegation: public administration and constitutional affairs committee (14 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: As the longest-serving member of the UK delegation to the Council of Europe, I congratulate the Committee, and particularly its Chair, on the impartial way that this matter has been dealt with. Never in all the years that I have served in the Council of Europe did I envisage a day when one of its committees would tell the UK, which has been the gold standard for democratic integrity for the...

Business of the House (14 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate what the Daily Mirror has described as the “gravy train” of 25 former Ministers in the previous Government who are enjoying lucrative jobs in areas that they once regulated, and of the five former Select Committee Chairs who have jobs in firms on which they once adjudicated? Is that gravy train not bringing this House into disrepute, because of the feeling that people...

Business of the House (7 Jan 2016)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate whether Parliament is slipping back into its bad old ways that led to the expenses scandal? In recent cases involving Malcolm Rifkind, Jack Straw, Tim Yeo and Lord Blencathra, bodies in this House took lenient decisions but independent voices outside, including a court and Ofcom, took harsh decisions. The Committee that adjudicated on Lord Blencathra was chaired by Lord...


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