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Results 721–740 of 900 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 (23 Apr 2013)

Naomi Long: I, too, welcome the debate. Fifteen years on from the Good Friday agreement, it is timely for us to take the opportunity to reflect on where we are. I thank the shadow Secretary of State and the Labour party for bringing forward the debate. It is evidence of his active interest in Northern Ireland issues, and all of us welcome it. I also thank the Secretary of State for her remarks, and I...

Northern Ireland (23 Apr 2013)

Naomi Long: I welcome that measure—it is long overdue. That is one way of opening up the teaching profession. Indeed, it means that students could be opened up to people from different backgrounds from their own, which is important. Finally, there is the issue of shared spaces and shared housing. We need to change the language, away from people simply saying that people choose to live segregated lives,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (14 May 2013)

Naomi Long: Developing countries need assistance from the west with collecting the tax due to them from multinational companies. How will the Government use their presidency of the G8 to ensure specifically that the strengthening of disclosure standards takes place multinationally?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 May 2013)

Naomi Long: Three of my young constituents, Emma Carson, Emma Magowan and Sophie Ebbinghaus, recently presented me with posters they had made supporting the IF campaign. They asked me to tell the Prime Minister of their concerns for boys and girls growing up without enough food to survive. Unfortunately, he is not here, but what assurances can the Deputy Prime Minister give them that the forthcoming G8...

G8 (19 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: At an IF campaign event in Belfast last Saturday, I heard at first hand from Bangladeshi community workers about the impact that land grabs have had on people there, with the poorest farmers having been displaced and agricultural land being destroyed for more than a generation, so I very much welcome the Prime Minister placing land on the G8’s agenda for the first time. What will he do...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Baha’i (18 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: What assessment he has made of the open letter presented by an inter-faith delegation to the Minister responsible for the middle east and north Africa, on 14 May 2013, calling for the release of the seven Baha’i leaders in prison in Iran.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Baha’i (18 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for his comments and for receiving the letter and meeting us. On this day 30 years ago, 10 Baha’i women were hanged for refusing to abandon their faith. The continued incarceration of seven leaders is clearly of great importance to the Baha’i community, not just in Iran but around the world. What hope does the Minister have that the change in President may have an...

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that it is ironic that somebody such as me, as the sole Member from a party, has no access to such money whereas multiple Members of another party who never turn up to this place to do the work they are elected to do have access to it for policy support and development?

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: I caution the hon. Gentleman. In all the discussion about people feeling disconnected and disillusioned with the political process, it is important that we do not talk about them being disenfranchised. People have a franchise—the right to a vote. They may not avail themselves of that vote, but they have a franchise. We need to reconnect them and re-energise them about politics, and it is...

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: Like other Members who have spoken, I am glad to have the opportunity to speak on Second Reading, because the Bill deals with a number of important issues that relate to improving democracy and accountability in Northern Ireland. I welcome at the outset, as other Members have done, the fact that the Bill, unlike so many of its predecessors, is not the result of a crisis or emergency and is...

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: I certainly agree that the resources available to the Electoral Commission need to be used wisely. As in every other public body, the commission’s resources will be constrained by the limitations of what is available, but I note that the Secretary of State said earlier that additional funding would be made available specifically to deal with registration.

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank the Minister for that clarification, which hopefully will have answered some of the specific questions Members have on electoral registration. The first issue I want to address is transparency on political party donations and loans, which I have raised in the House on a number of occasions over the past few years. Whatever the historical arguments regarding the need to protect the...

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: Well, given the timing of his intervention, which led perfectly to what I was about to say, perhaps that will be reviewed in due course. I thank him for making that point, because it is an important one. With respect to the retrospective publication of donor information, I think that it is reasonable that where people had an expectation, even though the letter of the law suggests otherwise,...

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: I am not entirely clear about the hon. Gentleman’s point, but separating the general election from the Assembly election is important. Ensuring that that separation is maintained in the long term, without ad hoc changes to the length of the Assembly term, is important. The Assembly term was generally the one that had to be adjusted to move away from Westminster’s and that made the...

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for giving way, and I take cognisance of what he says about the difficult situation and the reasons for anonymity. His party has said that very few of its donations exceed the £7,500 threshold requiring the names of donors to be published, so what tangible difference would it make if only a small number of donations had the potential to be affected by...

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: I assure the hon. Gentleman that this was discussed in Committee. I supported the Committee’s recommendation for the loophole to be closed. It is important for transparency and openness, so that people are fully accountable.

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: I broadly agree with the hon. Gentleman, but a more significant issue are the donations that come into Northern Ireland through the Republic of Ireland from international sources—that is, donations that would not be able to come in through the UK but can come in through the Republic. Such donations probably benefit only one party, and it is not here to debate the issue.

Bills Presented — Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (24 Jun 2013)

Naomi Long: As my party provides the Justice Minister in the current arrangements, I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point. The arrangements being put in place here would apply equally to any party, and the anomaly would apply regardless of which party provided the Justice Minister. The fix, as it were, would apply regardless, too. I do not think that anybody is typecast in that sense. I would also...


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