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Results 761–780 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'

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Thank you, Mr Hollobone. As I was saying, I welcome the fact that the Government are dealing with and resolving the issue of MP-MLA double-jobbing. That is a huge improvement. As a result of the Select Committee’s discussions, the Government have also moved to resolve the issue of TDs, who could also sit as MLAs, and to equalise the situation. That is also important and I welcome it at the...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Thank you very much, Mr Hollobone. It is unfortunate that the noise blotted out all the praise that I was heaping on the Government, because I am just about to stop and start to highlight areas where they have not been quite so generous. However, I do appreciate that these issues are being addressed. I very much support that, as did the Select Committee. These provisions are being proposed...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I will come to the hon. Gentleman’s amendment shortly. I understand that European Parliament legislation precludes people from serving in the Assembly at the same time as in the European Parliament. Perhaps the right hon. Member for Belfast North (Mr Dodds) would be able to advise whether that is the case. If not, I would welcome the issue being resolved in the Bill and would support the...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: That was discussed at length in Select Committee. One reason we did not do it was that, this being the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, there would have been no argument for including it. I think the Secretary of State for Wales is intending to introduce legislation creating that bar, although whether the Secretary of State for Scotland chooses to do the same is a matter that...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I certainly do not dispute the fact that the right hon. Gentleman’s Assembly Committee attendance record was good, but we should look at the disparity between the average voting records of those in this House who do not have a dual mandate and those who do. According to “The Public Whip”, the average voting record of those of us who do not hold a dual mandate is 413 to 414, compared...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Surely part of the rationale for the structure of the House of Lords is the fact that it can serve as a revising Chamber, and scrutinise legislation in a robust way, because its Members are not being lobbied by constituents as we in the House of Commons are when we are dealing with legislation. Could not an electoral mandate expose Members of the House of Lords to that kind of lobbying, and...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: That point was also made by the right hon. Gentleman’s colleagues on Second Reading, and it is important to put on the record that nobody is suggesting that people who served during that period did not have a justification for doing so. Those who seek fast reform make the point that that period is now at an end.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I think the argument regarding dual mandates in the House of Commons and the Assembly has been fought and, largely, won. People may well say that the public do not mind double-jobbing, but it was a live issue in the 2010 elections, which is why all parties made the commitment publicly in their manifestos, before those elections, that they would not maintain dual mandates. People were elected...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I respect the hon. Gentleman’s right to advance that case, but it is not my case, or a case that I would choose to make, because if people are elevated to the House of Lords, they have the option of taking up that post. They are not barred from doing so because they have a nationalist perspective, or an Irish Republican perspective, for that matter.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: I understand the point that is being made. However, it is not my job as a member of the Alliance party to pigeonhole Members of the House of Lords and to count Unionists and nationalists, given that I do not want elections to be conducted by such distinctions.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 3 — MPs to be disqualified for membership of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Indeed. I was on my last sentence when I took the intervention. I believe that the exclusion of Members of the House of Lords, the Seanad and the European Parliament from sitting in the Northern Ireland Assembly is an important point. Having listened to what the Minister said, I do not accept that there is a strong argument for maintaining the current position and I seek to press amendment 10.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 6 — Reduction in size of Assembly to be reserved matter (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: In fairness to the current Secretary of State and the NIO as currently constituted, will the hon. Gentleman reflect the fact that what he describes has always been the case, even when his party and another party were in the position in which the DUP and Sinn Fein now find themselves?

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 7 — Extension of term of Assembly (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the Government’s proposal as it stands not only ensures that the next set of elections will not happen concurrently, but reduces the opportunity for that to happen in future, with the result that there will be less ad hoc-ery—for want of a better term—in setting election dates? The Government’s proposal will ensure that they no longer coincide,...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 8 — Appointment of Justice Minister (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Does the hon. Member acknowledge that it deals with a second anomaly, too, which is that a Justice Minister could be removed from post by a cross-community vote? That could lead to a different aberration, whereby a party could end up with less than its d’Hondt entitlement to Ministries. Is not that issue relevant as well?

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 8 — Appointment of Justice Minister (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: As I said on Second Reading, I support clause 9. I acknowledged at that time the existence of the twin anomalies that because Justice Ministers were appointed outwith the d’Hondt process, they could end up with a Ministry more than they were entitled to under d’Hondt, and could also lose that Ministry on the whim of a cross-community vote—although I must add, in fairness to parties in...

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill: Clause 8 — Appointment of Justice Minister (9 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: That is entirely consistent with what the Government are proposing. The issue relates simply to the Minister’s appointment and security of tenure. Concerns were raised by my own party and indeed by other parties, and the Government, having listened to other parties in the Executive, took those concerns on board and formulated proposals which addressed them. That was helpful. I have to say...

2014 JHA Opt-out Decision (15 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Will the Home Secretary give way?

2014 JHA Opt-out Decision (15 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

2014 JHA Opt-out Decision (15 Jul 2013)

Naomi Long: Will the Home Secretary confirm, as she failed to do last week when I questioned her on this matter, that the Justice Minister in Northern Ireland is not reassured by what he has heard in discussions with the Home Office about the operation of the European arrest warrant?


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