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The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (4 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: The Prime Minister’s response to the hon. Member for Slough (Mr Dhesi) was appalling. An apology was required, rather than some kind of justification that there is ever any acceptable context for remarks such as the Prime Minister made in that column. He is the Prime Minister of our country. His words carry weight and he has to be more careful with what he says. My constituent Kristin is...

Points of Order (3 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Across the country, people have been protesting because they are worried. They are worried about the Prime Minister’s riding roughshod over our parliamentary democracy. Tonight the House of Commons has spoken: it has said that we will not let that happen. Much as I relish the opportunity to take on the Prime Minister in a general election, it is...

European Union (Withdrawal) (3 Sep 2019)

...Owen Smith Karin Smyth Gareth Snell Nicholas Soames Alex Sobel Anna Soubry John Spellar Keir Starmer Chris Stephens Jo Stevens Rory Stewart Jamie Stone Wes Streeting Graham Stringer Paul Sweeney Jo Swinson Mark Tami Alison Thewliss Gareth Thomas Nick Thomas-Symonds Emily Thornberry Stephen Timms Jon Trickett Anna Turley Karl Turner Stephen Twigg Liz Twist Chuka Umunna Ed Vaizey Keith Vaz...

G7 Summit (3 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: The Prime Minister has lost his majority, with my hon. Friend the Member for Bracknell (Dr Lee) joining the Liberal Democrats. Doctors like him tell me that they want to stop Brexit because it will plunge our NHS into deep crisis, haemorrhaging vital staff and threatening access to life-saving medicines. When will the Prime Minister stop playing with people’s lives and stop Brexit?

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola (5 Aug 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the spread of Ebola to the city of Goma and the potential risk of the outbreak spreading to Rwanda.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola (5 Aug 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to overcome the (a) local mistrust of health officials and (b) militia violence which have impeded efforts to prevent the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo from spreading further.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Italy: Shipping (31 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart on (a) the seizure of international NGO vessels and (b) its potential violations of international maritime law.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Somalia: Military Intervention (30 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterparts on (a) the accuracy of its reporting of civilian casualties due to US drone strikes and (b) the lasting effect of US drone strikes on civilian populations in Somalia.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Ahmed Mansoor (30 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Emirati counterpart on the prison conditions of the Emirati prisoner of conscience Ahmed Mansoor.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals (26 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU citizens (a) have been and (b) will be prevented from obtaining settled status due to the technical inability of the settlement scheme app to convert pre-settled status into settled status.

Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: The 3 million EU citizens are our family, our friends, our neighbours, our carers, yet for three years they have been made to feel unwelcome in our country. They deserve better than warm words and more months of anxiety. They deserve certainty, now. The Prime Minister has made assurances, so will he back the Bill of my Lib Dem colleague Lord Oates, which would guarantee in law the rights of...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Sudan (25 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the viability of return to Sudan for people from Darfur or Nuba ethnicities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (24 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: When I think of girls growing up in East Dunbartonshire, I know it is inspiring for them to see women in positions of power, whether that is as First Minister of Scotland or as Prime Minister of our United Kingdom. What advice does the Prime Minister have for women throughout the country on how to deal with those men who think they could do a better job but are not prepared to do the actual work?

Situation in the Gulf (22 Jul 2019)

Stephen Gethins: I wish the shadow Foreign Secretary a speedy recovery. I also congratulate the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) on her election as the new Liberal Democrat leader, and I look forward to continuing to work with her in opposing this Tory Government I thank the Foreign Secretary for his statement. I also thank him for the diligence and seriousness that he, unlike his...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hungary: Academic Freedom (19 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Hungarian counterpart and (b) other EU counterparts on (i) the closure of the Central European University and (ii) restrictions on academic freedom in Hungary.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Progress reports (18 Jul 2019)

...Smith Laura Smith Nick Smith Owen Smith Karin Smyth Gareth Snell Alex Sobel Anna Soubry John Spellar Keir Starmer Chris Stephens Jo Stevens Jamie Stone Wes Streeting Graham Stringer Paul Sweeney Jo Swinson Alison Thewliss Gareth Thomas Nick Thomas-Symonds Emily Thornberry Stephen Timms Anna Turley Karl Turner Derek Twigg Liz Twist Chuka Umunna Ed Vaizey Keith Vaz Valerie Vaz Thelma Walker...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (17 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: First, I congratulate the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn on securing this urgent question and on the powerful way in which she has been an advocate for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her constituent. I thank the Minister for his efforts and those of the current Foreign Secretary in trying to secure Nazanin’s release. We can only imagine the anguish caused by the way in which this mother...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Somalia: Weapons (16 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support the Government is providing to the Somali Government to counter the proliferation of weapons within Somalia and prevent access to weapons by terrorists.

Resignation of Uk Ambassador to Usa (11 Jul 2019)

Jo Swinson: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Wolverhampton South East (Mr McFadden) on securing this important urgent question and on the manner in which he put it, and I thank the Minister for his remarks. Sir Kim Darroch was and is a distinguished and principled man who has given huge service to our country, and we must all thank him. Does the Minister understand the deep concern about the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Jul 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: ...short memories; the Tory-Lib Dem coalition cut legal aid but also brought in fees for employment tribunals. The then Minister for employment relations, the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson), piloted that through the House. Since that time, my union, Unison, took the Government to court and won, and, as a result, employment tribunal fees were cancelled. The cuts to legal aid...


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