Glossary items matching Contempt

“Contempt of Parliament”

Any action taken by either a Member of Parliament or a stranger which obstructs or impedes either Parliament in the performance of its functions, or its Members or staff in the performance of their duties, is a contempt of Parliament. Examples of contempt include giving false evidence to a parliamentary committee, threatening a Member of Parliament, forgery of documents and attempting to bribe members. The Commons has the power to order anyone who has committed a contempt of Parliament to appear at the Bar of the House and to punish the offender. If the offence has been committed by an MP he or she may be suspended or expelled.


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Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (24 Nov 2022)

Wera Hobhouse: ...children on their case loads the support they need. Social workers are the backbone of our society, helping future generations to thrive. Unfortunately, the Government have treated them with utter contempt, asking more and more of them. No wonder we are seeing staff shortages. Who would want to work in an industry where people feel overlooked and undervalued? The Government must make the...

Scottish Parliament: National Drugs Mission (24 Nov 2022)

Collette Stevenson: Whether it is peers calling you derogatory names and demeaning you, public agencies treating you with contempt or your own thoughts telling you that you are worthless, stigma against people with problematic drug use can be crippling. I would argue that the UK Government’s failed war on drugs has exacerbated that stigma. Instead of criminalising large swathes of the population, we need a...

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (23 Nov 2022)

Lord Bruce of Bennachie: ...to say that, because they all have different motives, the fact that they are united against it is not valid. For a Government to pursue a Bill that no one in Northern Ireland supports shows total contempt for devolution, as the noble Lord, Lord Alton, said. It is unacceptable.

Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme (23 Nov 2022)

Jonathan Gullis: ...like Claire will continue to be failed by our justice system. It is well documented from John Owen’s friends that he was drinking earlier on in the day and chose to get in the car, with complete contempt for life. That sheer selfishness should be an aggravating factor. It demonstrates that, despite his friends’ protests, he neglected the fact that he was not fit to drive and made an...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Decision (23 Nov 2022)

Ian Blackford: ...National party has won eight elections in a row. We have secured multiple mandates. The question is: how many times do people in Scotland have to vote for a referendum before they get it? The more contempt the Westminster establishment shows for Scottish democracy, the more certain it is that Scotland will vote yes when the choice comes to be made. Scotland did not vote for Brexit. We did...

Public Order Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 110 (22 Nov 2022)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: ...their trying to halt the companies’ damage to the environment was perfectly appropriate. We have seen injunctions used against tree protectors as well. Of course, breach of an injunction is contempt of court, with the risk of fines and imprisonment. It is actually quite onerous, and it is bad enough when a private company chooses to do it, but it is pretty concerning when a Secretary of...

Scottish Parliament: Teachers (Industrial Action) (22 Nov 2022)

Stephen Kerr: ...on her part to have allowed things to get to such a sorry pass. The cabinet secretary has been missing in action for months. Why? Why does the SNP Scottish Government hold teachers in such contempt? The cabinet secretary must do better. Will she now apologise to the teaching profession for letting it down and ignoring it?

House of Lords (Peerage Nominations) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (18 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: ...before the start of a new Parliament. Similarly, we also have yet to close the loophole of a Peer bringing the whole House into disrepute if we ignore any serious act of misconduct that shows contempt for the people we serve. That could be dealt with by amending our own code, which I also sought to do as Leader, but was thwarted at the final hurdle. More routinely, there is the question of...

National Security Bill: New Clause 9 - Use of Reasonable Force (16 Nov 2022)

John Martin McDonnell: For the record and as a message to the other House, I wish to say that I believe that the Government forcing through such a serious Bill in so limited a period of time today is a matter of contempt of this House and the parliamentary process. I rise to speak because over a decade ago I gave an undertaking to one of my constituents that I would seek to ensure that no other person would go...

Prime Minister: Engagements (16 Nov 2022)

Angela Rayner: ...further today, but does he agree that, last night’s events aside, the fact that Russia is launching missile attacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure while world leaders meet shows the utter contempt that Putin has for international order?

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Sector (Impact of Brexit) (9 Nov 2022)

Kaukab Stewart: ...on Scottish businesses of the UK Government’s economically inept and ideologically driven Brexit policy, does the cabinet secretary think that it is issues of competence or a thinly veiled contempt for Scotland that drives UK Government decision making on these issues?

Public Bill Committee: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: Examination of Witnesses (8 Nov 2022)

Stella Creasy: Q I will just say that we are all free to take advice from competing lawyers, but I do not think we are free in this place to treat our witnesses with contempt, regardless of whether we agree or disagree with what they have written. All the lawyers have talked this morning about the approach of working with businesses and whether a regulatory burden could be created, which clause 15(5) is...

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

Marion Fellows: ...do—that a society can be measured by how it treats its most vulnerable. In the vision of chaos that the current iteration of the UK Government perpetuate, the most vulnerable are treated with contempt. Those with disabilities and caring responsibilities face uncertainty, deprivation and attacks on their human dignity. I want to talk about a family with two young autistic boys who live in...

Prime Minister: Engagements (2 Nov 2022)

Neale Hanvey: ...Majesty’s Treasury pumped full of cash, to the tune of £8 billion in the last nine months alone. In return, candidates in the summer Tory leadership contest tried to outdo each other in their contempt and hostility towards Scotland's democracy. Without falling back on the “you’ve had your vote” trope, can the Prime Minister tell me this: is Scotland in a voluntary and respectful...

Public Order Bill - Second Reading (1 Nov 2022)

Viscount Hailsham: ...divert police resources from more pressing demands. They often provoke citizens to take the law into their own hands, which undermines the basis of a civil society. They also display a fundamental contempt for democratic and representative government. So I am firmly behind the purpose of the Bill. Some of the opposition to this Bill relies on historical analogies—on the suffragettes,...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Business: Election of Speaker and Deputy Speakers (27 Oct 2022)

Nick Mathison: ...to provide leadership, and we need to get on with that job. There is anger and frustration in the Chamber today, and quite rightly. We heard the DUP Members refer to their party being treated with contempt. In my view, it is the people of Northern Ireland who are being treated with contempt. We know that an Executive being reformed is not a magic wand — it will not make our problems go...

Business of the House (27 Oct 2022)

Penny Mordaunt: ...course, the Leader of the Opposition tried to end that for Labour. He had to abandon his attempt to return to an electoral college amid accusations of gerrymandering and holding the membership in contempt. Of course, the Labour party has form on this, as it blocked an election when Parliament needed one and its leader campaigned to overturn the result of the European Union referendum, so...

Seafarers’ Wages Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 5 (26 Oct 2022)

Lord Woodley: ..., this amendment is needed to put the seafarers’ charter in the Bill. There is no doubt about that. Voluntary agreements do not work with employers such as P&O which have shown complete and utter contempt for the law and have avoided working with trade unions fighting to preserve local jobs that really keep the economy going. As a good example, the agency crew on P&O ferries are denied...

Scottish Parliament: Armed Forces and Veterans’ Families (Support) (26 Oct 2022)

Graeme Dey: It is not just the fact that nearly 3,000 serving personnel have to turn to universal credit to get by that betrays the Tories’ contempt for our armed forces but the standard of accommodation that is provided to them. RM Condor in my constituency has long been the subject of commentary on the quality of accommodation that is available to the Royal Marines there. Contrary to recent media...

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment to the Amendment to the Motion (25 Oct 2022)

Lord Clarke of Nottingham: ...repeating the many views that have already been given, all of which I agree with. They have been put very eloquently and clearly. This is a quite despicable piece of legislation that shows total contempt for the rule of law. It is plainly in breach of our international obligations. It shows total contempt for parliamentary democracy by giving powers to the Government to legislate without...


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