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Anti-Semitism - Motion to Take Note (20 Jun 2019)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I am rarely here on a Thursday now, because the Whips have not obliged us to be here. I have been tempted back to the wonderful place known as Yorkshire, surrounded by the amazing vibrancy of a factory making beds; even more so during this time when cricket also beckons. However, when I saw this debate listed on the Order Paper I felt it was necessary for me to be here, to give...

Sexual Violence in Conflict - Question (12 Jun 2019)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I pay tribute to the work of my noble friend the Minister and the Government, as well as the work led internationally by Members of this House, including my noble friends Lord Hague and Lady Helic. Will my noble friend explain whether victims’ voices will be central to the PSVI conference? Specifically, is she familiar with the UN report on sexual violence in Kashmir? Will she...

Written Answers — Home Office: Commission for Countering Extremism (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 March 2018 (HLWS527), when the first annual report of the Commission for Countering Extremism is expected to be published.

Written Answers — Home Office: Commission for Countering Extremism (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 March 2018 (HLWS527), what assessment the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism has made of the threat of, and response to, extremism in the UK.

Written Answers — Home Office: Commission for Countering Extremism (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability on 25 June 2018 (152869), what advice they received from the Lead Commissioner on Countering Extremism on the Commission for Countering Extremism’s future structures, work programme and the appointment of further commissioners; and what was...

Written Answers — Home Office: Commission for Countering Extremism (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government which individuals and organisations met with the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism during her first year in post; and what are the dates, locations, agenda and meeting outcomes of all such meetings.

Written Answers — Home Office: Commission for Countering Extremism (8 Apr 2019)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government what research briefings have been (1) produced for, and (2) commissioned by the Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism; what was the subject of any such briefing; and if provided by an external party, who that was.

Terrorist Attack: New Zealand - Statement (18 Mar 2019)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I add my voice to the sentiments of all three Front-Benchers. Does my noble friend agree with the comments made by the most reverend Primate the Archbishop of Canterbury, who described those who co-opt Christian language in their hate and speak about a Europe of Christendom against Muslims as “blasphemous”? Does she also agree that, despite numerous mentions of Christianity,...

Jammu and Kashmir - Statement (27 Feb 2019)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I welcome the comments of the Foreign Secretary this morning asking for both sides to de-escalate. I would like to put two matters on record and ask my noble friend to comment on them. Are the Government familiar with the comments made by Prime Minister Imran Khan, with his clear and unequivocal condemnation of the attack in Pulwama; his open and unconditional offer to assist India...

Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers - Private Notice Question (13 Feb 2019)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I have both presented and defended on asylum cases as a lawyer and would be grateful if my noble friend could explain how the country brief in relation to individual countries—specifically in relation to Zimbabwe on this occasion—is put together. How accurate and up to date is that information, and which human rights organisations do the Government liaise with in ensuring that...

Yorkshire: Devolution - Question (12 Feb 2019)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I echo the concerns of the noble Lord, Lord Wallace. There is a lot of cross-party agreement on the One Yorkshire deal at a local level; it is supported by the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the TUC. However, is my noble friend concerned that a balkanisation approach in Yorkshire may result in certain parts of that region being left behind? Does he agree that there may...

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Warsi: I thank my noble friend for giving way. I am sure he will agree that both he and other ministerial colleagues have indicated, from the Front Bench here and in the other place, that the problem the Government had with adopting a definition of Islamophobia was that they did not feel that the matter had been properly engaged with and agreed on. That was one of the reasons why the APPG went away...

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I rise in the gap before the Front-Benchers speak to explain a material point that was raised in my speech. I have sought the permission of the Front-Benchers and the clerk. I said that the definition proposed by the APPG emerged from a wide-ranging consultation involving politicians, lawyers, academics and victims’ groups. An issue has been raised...

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Warsi: Of course. That is the point that I make. I agree with the noble Lord that ultimately once all the written evidence—and there was reams of it— was received, after all the days of evidence, after the consultation with communities across four cities at which hundreds of ordinary citizens attended, after many academics had come to the table because they wanted to give evidence and after...

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Warsi: Will the noble Baroness give way?

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Warsi: It is just that the noble Baroness made a comment just then which is simply untrue; I want to put that on the record.

Islamophobia - Motion to Take Note (20 Dec 2018)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I start where the noble Lord, Lord Sheikh, has finished. I am grateful to him for having tabled this debate and wholeheartedly endorse both his comments and his asks of the Minister. This is a take-note debate on the impact of Islamophobia in the UK. So we could take note of the breadth of Islamophobia in Britain today: from murder—the killing of Maz Saleem, a grandfather from...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2018)

Baroness Warsi: That is the point. When Prevent has been applied correctly and has been led by and with the community, it has made real progress. When you speak to practitioners on the ground—those who have ignored much of national policy; those who have ignored the rules on engagement and disengagement with British Muslim communities and have spoken to whom they want, when they want and how they...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2018)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, with the leave of the House—and I have spoken to both our Front Bench and the clerk—I will refer slightly to the last amendment, which does actually refer to the current amendment. I was in the Chamber when this amendment was called. I want to put a couple of things on record—first, my views on Prevent. I have written about this extensively. I will not plug the book, but it...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Report (2nd Day) (17 Dec 2018)

Baroness Warsi: As the noble Lord is aware, I took part in the Bill’s Second Reading debate and made my views clear to the Minister and to many colleagues in the House, publicly and privately. My views on this are on record and, when we vote, I will make them clear. As I have said, it is not so much a question of who delivers Prevent—the police or third-sector organisations —but that it is delivered so...


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