Results 41–60 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

Britain in the World (13 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: Will the Foreign Secretary give way?

Britain in the World (13 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: On Russia, and indeed to go back to what the Foreign Secretary said on the US, the United States has been vocal in its opposition to Nord Stream 2, correctly in my view, and the United Kingdom Government have taken the view that it has little to nothing to do with the United Kingdom. Can he assure me that that will be looked at properly in the integrated review he mentions, because it very...

Britain in the World (13 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I am extremely grateful to the Foreign Secretary for that attempt at humour. [Laughter.] I thank the Foreign Secretary for what he has just said. He is entirely correct. Will he do everything in his power—this was the subject of the first debate I ever had as a Member of this House five years ago—to secure the release of the jailed Saudi writer Raif Badawi?

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I hear what the Minister saying and I carry a lot of sympathy for it, but if he does not deal with this properly, quickly and appropriately, the problem will not be courts in the United Kingdom; the problem might well be in the International Criminal Court.

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: If I may take the Minister back just slightly, the investigators he mentions who looked at many of these allegations are the same people who have now blown the whistle to the BBC and The Sunday Times. They are the same people who have come forward and said that things have been shut down. He rightly says that he will bring forward primary legislation in the near future. Does he envisage that...

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: Sensing that the Minister is about to close, may I take him back, because he did ask me to remind him: does he think that after he brings forward his legislation there will be greater resource to investigate these affairs or not? In addition, is the Royal Military Police, in his view, in its current form fit for purpose?

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: Given that there is extended time, I will perhaps—[Interruption.]

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. Given that there is extended time, I will let Members rush out as quickly as possible because, as I am sure Government Front Benchers understand, these affairs are hugely important and deserve the proper attention and scrutiny of the House. I should say at the outset that there is absolutely no joy in bringing this debate before the House this evening, but it is...

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman is entirely correct to make that point, and I thank him for making it early. The two theatres of conflict in the title of this debate this evening—Iraq and Afghanistan—are two of the toughest. Indeed, he is also right to mention that members of the armed forces perform their duties in some of the most extraordinarily difficult circumstances. It is entirely right,...

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: It is almost as if the hon. Gentleman can see the notes in front of me, because I am coming to that exact point. The allegations uncovered by the joint BBC and The Sunday Times investigation have to be taken out of the Government’s hands and given to an independent inquiry led by a judge. No honest person could disagree with that. The hon. Gentleman touches on an important wider point,...

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I detect that the former Chairman of the Select Committee on Defence wishes to intervene.

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: It sounds to me as though I have an ally in the former Chair of the Defence Committee, because I think that part of the remit of the judge-led inquiry that I have advocated on the Floor of the House tonight should be to make a recommendation to the House on what mechanism the House or the Government bring to the House so that these operations can be properly scrutinised. The ISC would be an...

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I thank the right hon. Gentleman deeply for that intervention, as he is of course entirely correct. I would just come back to the second point he picked me up on, which was about oversight. Nobody wants to deny flexibility; clearly, there has to be an ability to respond. We discussed earlier how the US system is not perfect, but I do not think anyone can say that President Trump feels...

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: My hon. Friend tempts me down another path entirely, and he knows I agree with him on that, but his broader point is entirely spot on. I know he has spent a lot of time looking at these matters over the past two and a half years that he has been a member of the Defence Committee, so he speaks with some degree of knowledge of them.

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman identifies an allegation that I have not made. That is important to remember, because I agree with what he just said. Of course members of the armed forces do not go out wishing to commit crimes and atrocities—of course they do not, and I do not allege that. In response to what the right hon. Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) said, I should say that the...

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. Ultimately, the rules and the laws exist to protect serving personnel, as well as to protect those who are in the theatre of conflict to which they are deployed. The rules and laws are there to uphold the very honour to which we pay tribute in this Parliament.

UK Special Forces: Iraq and Afghanistan (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: If the hon. Gentleman does not mind, I will finish with this point. As I mentioned earlier, the Government tell us that they always want to uphold the international rules-based system. I suspect that we have different views on what that can mean, but this is not it. Clearly, the Minister cannot make any promises to me this evening, but the Government must set up an independent inquiry into...

Middle East: Security (7 Jan 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement. We on these Benches of course hold no candle for General Soleimani or, indeed, for the actions of the Iranian Government, but I would simply say to the Secretary of State that it is not anti-American to question and press the Government on what they are doing in relation to their closest ally. He says that the US is confident...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (20 Dec 2019)

Stewart McDonald: On the point about being smug, I invite the hon. Gentleman to reflect on the result in Scotland. How many colleagues of his were here from Scotland before the election, and how many were returned afterwards?

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (19 Dec 2019)

Stewart McDonald: I know and respect the hon. Gentleman, but voters in Castlemilk, Croftfoot and all over Scotland do not give a stuff what a Tory MP from Reigate thinks of their changing their mind. I say that with all the respect it deserves—and it does deserve some. Just as the hon. Gentleman asked my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North East (Anne McLaughlin), who I welcome back to this place, to...


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