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Results 141–160 of 1200 for speaker:Naomi Long in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates'

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: On a point of order, Madam Principal Deputy Speaker. Is it possible for you to give a ruling? The Minister for Communities is currently speaking as a Back-Bench DUP Member, but he has responsibility for public broadcasting in Northern Ireland and is making serious allegations against a public broadcaster: is that in order?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: The year 2016 has not been a good year in politics generally, and it has been a particularly bad year for these institutions. It has been marked by allegations of corruption, cronyism and incompetence; of cock-up and cover-up. It is clear that, despite all of the DUP's bluff and bluster in an attempt to distract the public, the core questions around the RHI scheme remain unanswered. Why...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Exclusion of Minister from Office under Section 30 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: Absolutely, I agree. That is why I said that she should do so without prejudice to the outcome. However, the First Minister initially blamed her officials, behind whom she is now seeking shelter. The DUP said that neither of their Ministers had any responsibility for these issues, and so it stood until Jonathan Bell broke ranks. Suddenly, the DUP was openly willing to say that the errors...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: Thank you, Mr Speaker. We fully accept — that is why we are here — that your original notice and the original intention to recall the Assembly to hear a statement on behalf of the Executive Office was entirely valid. However, it is now clear that the deputy First Minister has withdrawn his consent for such a statement to be made. Does that not therefore invalidate this sitting of the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (19 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Can you clarify whether, on the basis that you are proceeding today, we will now expect Standing Orders of the House to be changed so that both the First Minister and deputy First Minister will answer questions for oral answer and will have an opportunity to make a statement on every issue that the Executive Office brings to the House in order that this be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Covenant Reference Group (6 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: I had not intended to speak in the debate but felt that I wanted to in light of some of what I have heard against the motion, particularly from Sinn Féin. I understand the sensitivities that debates on the armed forces can raise in our society, particularly given our history of conflict here, but I think that it is really important that, when we approach this, we do it with maturity and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Covenant Reference Group (6 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: I am happy to give way to the Member.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Covenant Reference Group (6 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I would have to say that it does not say that. It says that the disadvantage that people have suffered is to be addressed, not that they are to be advantaged. Special consideration is not advantage: it is to consider the special conditions in which they have lived. I do not have a difficulty with funding going to organisations that have helped, for example, to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Covenant Reference Group (6 Dec 2016)

Naomi Long: I thank the Member for giving way. He has indicated that it would mean moving away from equality and equal treatment: does he not accept that objective need moves away from equal treatment? Equal treatment treats everyone the same; objective need allows resource to be targeted specifically at those in most need. It is not contrary to equality provisions to target those in most need.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: Regeneration Bill (22 Nov 2016)

Naomi Long: One key aspect of the transfer of regeneration powers was the ability to use comprehensive development and land assembly powers, alongside planning and economic development responsibilities, to co-invest in schemes. Developers have said clearly that what they want from councils is a one-stop shop so that they can regenerate major sites. Is this not simply the hallmark of an Executive...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Poverty and Deprivation (21 Nov 2016)

Naomi Long: I welcome the opportunity to speak on today's motion, which is calling for action and clarity from the Minister on what he intends to do to tackle poverty and deprivation in Northern Ireland. From the outset, I want to make it clear that we will be opposing the amendment, as it is simply a case of the Minister's colleagues trying to take the approach of the ostrich and burying their head in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Opposition Business: Poverty and Deprivation (21 Nov 2016)

Naomi Long: I believe that the application of resources based on neutral criteria is the right way to go and does not prevent us tackling pockets of deprivation. I endorse the motion and call on the Minister to bring forward his strategy as a matter of urgency so that we can assist him with his work.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Question for Urgent Oral Answer: Social Investment Fund: Audit (21 Nov 2016)

Naomi Long: On a point of order, Madam Principal Deputy Speaker. I ask you to review the Hansard report. Standing Order 19(5) says that Members who ask legitimate questions are to receive full answers to their questions. At no time during this discussion did I receive an answer to the substantive question that I put to the deputy First Minister, and under Standing Order 19(5) — [Interruption.] Some...


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