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Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (Continued) (22 Jun 2017)

Lord Alli: ...we will recognise, tolerate—and, more than that, celebrate—the diversity of our island. We see this not just in the plight of gay rights but in the progress in the rights of women, in racial equality and in the rights for people with disabilities. There will always be those who seek to create a wedge between communities and countries, or try to pitch one section of society...

Scottish Parliament: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (15 Jun 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: I am very proud of the Government’s record on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights, including the introduction of civil partnerships and, now, equal marriage for same-sex couples. We have robust and inclusive hate crime legislation in place, we have established the LGBTI inclusive education working group and we intend to reform gender recognition law. Those actions...

Scottish Parliament: Destitution (Asylum and Immigration) (30 May 2017)

Annie Wells: First, I thank all those who gave evidence to the inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Committee, of which I am a member. I look forward to this afternoon’s debate. The Scottish Conservatives will support the motion in Christina McKelvie’s name. The evidence that we heard in committee highlighted areas where improvements can be made to ensure that vulnerable people are not at...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill (24 Apr 2017)

Mark Durkan: .... The petition of concern was not included in the agreement as a veto; it was provided as a trigger mechanism for an additional form of proofing by a special committee in relation to concerns about rights or equality—that is all it was provided for. Unfortunately, the legislation did not properly reflect that, and it left things up to the Standing Orders in the Assembly, but those...

Early Parliamentary General Election (19 Apr 2017)

Tim Farron: I do not, and I tell the hon. Gentleman this: I am very proud to have gone through the Aye Lobby in the coalition Government when the Liberal Democrats introduced gay marriage and equal marriage, and, indeed, did not go as far as they should have in recognising transgender rights. There is much more to be done, and if we campaign in this election, as we will, for an open, tolerant, united...

Scottish Parliament: Time for Inclusive Education Campaign (19 Apr 2017)

Monica Lennon: ...campaign burst on to the scene, brimming with attitude, pushing boundaries and provoking politicians. I absolutely love it—I love its radical spirit, the hope and confidence that it inspires and its uncompromising fight for equality. The TIE campaign is a story of survival. Co-founder Jordan Daly, who is now 22 years old, was once 12-year-old Jordan Daly: a scared young boy who was...

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill - Second Reading (6 Apr 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...Act violated the right to respect for private life under a policy that involved investigating whether personnel were homosexual or had engaged in homosexual activity. If so, they were discharged. EU employment equality directives and the Equality Act 2010 dealt with the problem, but the offending provisions remain, disfiguring the statute book. As the Minister in the other place, Andrew...

Children and Social Work Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (4 Apr 2017)

Lord Nash: ...background point does not allow schools to avoid teaching these subjects; it is about how they teach them. They can teach them in a way that is sensitive to religious background while being compliant with the Equality Act, which of course they must be. Even if a school or individual teacher were to suggest that, within the context of their faith, same-sex relationships or marriage are...

Brexit: Triggering Article 50 - Statement (29 Mar 2017)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: ...40 years. Just like any other divorce, there will be some who rejoice and look forward to new opportunities, but others will despair over the shared past and lost love. A few will fondly recall the marriage, divorces and remarriage of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor with some hope, but, through it all, the only people to get rich were those trying to unravel those 40-plus years of...

Personal Independence Payments: Regulations: Family Justice (28 Mar 2017)

Suella Fernandes: ...Orders; and to make provision for a commission to review and make recommendations on the operation of family justice; and for connected purposes. David and Sally separated after 10 years of marriage in September 2014. They had two children, aged eight and five at the time. David was a good father, who did not want to stop being a dad just because his marriage had ended. However, nearly...

UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (21 Mar 2017)

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: ...address that face on. She also gave some shocking statistics on employment. My hon. Friend the Member for Glenrothes (Peter Grant) gave an international perspective and said that we clearly are not an equal society. We are not, unless women are given their due and rightful place, are paid accordingly and have equal representation across society. My hon. Friend the Member for East...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington: ...way in which we will end extreme poverty in all forms is, as noble Baronesses have said in recent speeches, by prioritising the rights and needs of girls and women across the world. For too long, the efforts to ensure gender equality have fallen short, even among Commonwealth nations. To this day, each Commonwealth member country has at least one law on its books that discriminates against...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill - Second Reading (10 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of St Albans: ...which seeks to deny a fundamental human dignity, which I believe comes from being created in the image of God, given to all human beings. Whatever form that violence comes in—whether that be rape, forced marriage, psychological or political abuse—gender-based violence against women invariably attempts to reduce them to passive objects. It seeks to deny them the status of...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (9 Mar 2017)

Baroness Vere of Norbiton: ...people. My noble friend Lady Seccombe mentioned this, and I pay tribute to her for her many contributions over the years in these annual debates. The UK is an international leader in promoting gender equality, with many in this House and the other place working tirelessly to protect the absolute right of all young people, whether boys or girls, to follow the path and fulfil their...

Scottish Parliament: International Women’s Day (7 Mar 2017)

Annie Wells: ...violence against women and girls globally. The Department for International Development has allocated £184 million to a number of programmes to tackle gender violence issues such as female genital mutilation, forced marriage and female infanticide. In recognition of the fact that education is key to economic equality, the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced last month a...

Support for the Bereaved — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (2 Mar 2017)

Frank Field: ...region of £100 million. Why is it then that they have not agreed to our second recommendation on bereavement benefits? Why have the Government not used some of those savings, which they said they never intended to make, to deliver an extension of bereavement benefits to people in similar situations to marriage, such as those in civil partnerships or who are cohabiting? That would make...

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Business of the House (2 Mar 2017)

Chris Bryant: ...is not just left up to you, Mr Speaker. I think I am the first gay MP to speak in today’s business questions. Many LGBT people in this country are deeply grateful to Gerald. He campaigned on LGBT equality for a long time when it was very unfashionable, long before anybody thought of a Labour Government introducing equal marriage and all the rest of it. He had an impeccable record on...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Fathers in the Family (1 Mar 2017)

Suella Fernandes: ...of domestic abuse. As a barrister who represented victims of domestic abuse, I saw up front the tragedy that that causes. I am talking about the treatment of fathers in the family justice system when a marriage sadly breaks down. The truth is that there are 114,000 divorces per year, half of which involve children. There are 1 million children growing up without a father in their lives at...

LGBT History Month — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (28 Feb 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: ...beautifully how far we have come, but also how far we still have to go. LGBT History Month gives us an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the numerous achievements in furthering LGBT equality and the numerous individuals and groups who have brought them about. It is also an opportunity for us to take a moment to remember that there is still much more that we can do. LGBT equality...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Short title, commencement and extent (24 Feb 2017)

Eilidh Whiteford: ...has frequently been left playing catch-up on progress for women: from those who campaigned for women’s suffrage for more than a century before it was achieved to those trade unionists who fought for equal pay for women years before the Equal Pay Act 1970 came into force and the women who, in the 1970s, set up refuges for women fleeing domestic abuse at a time when there was...


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