Results 181–200 of 800 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stewart McDonald

Business of the House: Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (26 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: If we have learned anything from the new Labour years it is that proscribing clerics or individual organisations in and of themselves is not enough; it should be part of a wider strategy with allies. So given that we have just had the joint EU-Arab League summit, how many of our allies at that summit intend to follow the Government’s lead?

Leaving the European Union (26 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: Last week, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee released a report, backed unanimously by its members, on the issue of disinformation, particularly in relation to electoral campaigns. Given the release of that report and the questions that surround the leave campaigns, some of which amount to fraud on an industrial scale, before she proceeds any further, why has the Prime Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel and Palestine (26 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: Too often, resolution of this conflict feels like a lost cause, but the British Government could prevent that from being the case by recognising the state of Palestine formally. Why will they not do that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Online Content: Crime (25 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: Too often what happens is that the content that is uploaded does not break the law, but it leads to the law being broken, and is often followed by harassment campaigns against individuals. Too often Facebook is not just a safe space for that stuff—which it is—but actually the weapon of choice. When will we get legislation to properly regulate companies such as Facebook that, from what I...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Antisemitism in Modern Society (20 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Aberconwy (Guto Bebb). Although some time has passed since his resignation from the Government, this is the first chance I think I have had to say to him in the Chamber that Defence questions are not the same without him. His contribution was heartfelt and welcome, as indeed was the tone set by the Secretary of State at the beginning of the...

Exiting the European Union (Agriculture): Antisemitism in Modern Society (20 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: I completely agree with the hon. Lady. As the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) mentioned when he intervened on the Secretary of State at the start of the debate, there is perhaps a misunderstanding about how bad it actually is to be called an antisemite. I think the hon. Gentleman is right that the term perhaps feels a little too gentle sometimes. The Secretary of State...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Impact of Proposed Deal (20 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: I am stunningly impressed by the Minister’s performance at the Dispatch Box. We can tell a big Downing Street lollipop is on its way when that intellectual heavyweight, the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman), has nodded in agreement with everything the Minister has said for the last three quarters of an hour. Let me ask the Minister this: the deal ends freedom of...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Impact of Proposed Deal (20 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: There’s a big lollipop coming your way.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Foreign Direct Investment (20 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: Does the Financial Secretary agree with me that the First Minister has an important role to play in bringing foreign investment to Scotland and that any criticisms, including those from his own colleagues in Holyrood, border on the provincial to the ridiculous, unless of course they believe that the office of First Minister is a stay-at-home job?

Leaving the EU (12 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: I am sure that, like you, Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister is ferociously well read and will have read the 14th century masterpiece, “The Divine Comedy”, which is home to Dante’s inferno, the nine circles of hell. The eighth circle was reserved for fraudsters. Is that not where we will find those from the referendum campaign who broke electoral law, and deployed all kinds of political...

Unpaid Work Trials (5 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: The more things change, the more things stay the same. We have a new Minister, but that was by and large the same speech we heard when my Bill was talked out last year. I want to address one issue that the Minister mentioned. I have no quarrel with the workers at HMRC—my partner is an employee, so I would know if I had a quarrel with workers there. I am afraid that all the things the...

Unpaid Work Trials (5 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: I have no quarrel or disagreement with anything that the Minister has just outlined. The guidelines that she has produced are, no doubt, admirable. What is her objection to underpinning them in statute?

Unpaid Work Trials (5 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: I am glad that HMRC investigates, but how many of the cases that the Minister has mentioned, in which money has been clawed back by workers who have been deprived of money to which they were entitled, took place in a period that would be considered a work trial, as opposed to when the worker had formally signed a contract and started a new job?

Unpaid Work Trials (5 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: Hon. Members will be glad to know I am bringing my remarks to a close, to allow the debate to begin properly. It is my understanding that the Government believe the current law is sufficient, presumably with the addition of their recently published guidelines. However, the evidence suggests that it is not: there has not been one fine, prosecution or even public shaming of a company or...

Unpaid Work Trials (5 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: I beg to move, That this House has considered the use of unpaid work trials at the outset of employment. Thank you very much, Mr Hollobone; it is always a pleasure to see you in the Chair. Hon. Members will know of my longstanding interest in this issue, having introduced a private Member’s Bill on it after the 2017 election: the Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill. Unfortunately,...

Unpaid Work Trials (5 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: Indeed. Although there are no Government or trade union statistics on that, it is a problem that everyone knows exists, because we have either done it ourselves or know somebody who has. Not only do people work—as in the case that I mentioned—for up to 40 hours without pay when trying out for a job, but we have the vicious situation of people being offered work trials for jobs that do not...

Unpaid Work Trials (5 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: Rather unusually, I am blown away and have no words. I have never before heard of that kind of thing happening, but it does not surprise me at all. Imagine how dispirited and depressed that kind of situation leaves an applicant feeling, particularly if they have applied for job after job and have got nowhere, often with no feedback from those from whom they hoped to secure employment.

Unpaid Work Trials (5 Feb 2019)

Stewart McDonald: My Bill deals with the very scenarios that the hon. Gentleman mentions. I want to make it clear that I am not against trying people out for a job. The Bill is quite clear on that, too. I am against the use of unpaid trials to exploit people. Later in my speech, I will mention a business that has changed its practices as a result of this debate approaching, which might address the hon....

Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (28 Jan 2019)

Stewart McDonald: Abstain or against?

Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (28 Jan 2019)

Stewart McDonald: Will my hon. Friend give way on that point?

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