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Results 121–140 of 5000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Flynn

Royal Assent: Business of the House (16 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate early-day motion 1079, which covers the House’s abject failure to deal with the potentially corrupt revolving door between ministerial office and outside jobs? [That this House recalls former Prime Minister David Cameron’s condemnation in 2010 of politicians who are out to serve themselves and not the country by lobbying; notes the abject failure of the Government’s...

Business of the House (9 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: When can we debate the call made in the Daily Mirror yesterday by my hon. Friend the Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis) that we should learn the lessons of the Afghan war if we are to avoid any repetition of what happened? In 2006, after only six of our soldiers had died in Afghanistan, the decision was taken to go into Helmand province on the basis that not a shot would be fired. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Welsh Language (8 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: This institution has spent four centuries disrespecting the Welsh language, which existed and was a sophisticated literary language for 1,000 years before English existed, so we pay tribute to the late Wyn Roberts and my hon. Friend the Member for Clwyd South (Susan Elan Jones) for this step forward now: “O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau.”

Rural Policing and Hare Coursing (7 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: I am listening with great interest to the hon. Gentleman’s remarks. Can he give us some idea of the extent of the hare coursing, badger baiting and illegal foxhunting that take place, and the percentage of those incidents for which people have been prosecuted in the recent past?

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: With all our constitutional problems—a grossly bloated House of Lords, not enough Members in the Welsh Assembly and the constitutional chaos that will flow from Brexit—is it not astonishing that the Government are interested in only one reform, which will give them more Members here?

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: In the spirit of brotherly and sisterly love that characterises this debate, I will advance my main career task of adding to the glittering career of the Secretary of State for Wales. He had the good sense to marry into a family who live in my constituency, which shows that he is a man of ambition. I urge the Secretary of State to challenge his Cabinet, who seem to use Wales as a kind of Aunt...

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: There is a delightful picture, which I have produced with pride on my website, of the hon. Gentleman, the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Wales—a trio of snake oil salesmen—lined up against the background of the bridge, saying “Well, it used to be £6.70. Now, we’re going to make it £3.70.”; “No, we’re not—it’s £3”; and “We’ll charge...

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: We are delighted with my hon. Friend’s comprehensive invitation to Bridgend. However, she has not mentioned the Emmaus centre, which I think is the only one in Wales.

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: Does my hon. Friend believe that the amendment passed by the House of Lords yesterday would be very useful, if it is supported by this House, to help the people whom she mentions?

International Women’S Day: Welsh Affairs (2 Mar 2017)

Paul Flynn: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Wales Audit Office is looking into the affairs of that company? Has he contributed his valuable information to the WAO?

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: This has been an extraordinary event, and the Petitions Committee and the system for petitions have come of age in this debate. How can we have such a situation, where the Minister has given his carefully manicured press/civil servant briefing while outside we have a Greek chorus of—in his case—disapproval? We are expressing the voice of the people and a thunderous voice it has been. I...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petitions 171928 and 178844 relating to a state visit by President Donald Trump. It is a pleasure to serve under the chairmanship of such a distinguished parliamentarian, Mr Walker. I thank the Petitions Committee for allowing me to introduce the petitions. There has been a great deal of misunderstanding about their nature. One of them, which...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: That word comes to mind when we think of the circumstances of our beleaguered Prime Minister. She is in the great predicament of being the bridge burner who is destroying the bridges between us and Europe. We were told of the possibility of Brexit bumps in the road ahead, but there might turn out to be a Brexit sinkhole into which our economy might plunge in freefall. She had a difficulty:...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: I agree entirely. I know that from my own life; my father’s life was ruined by the first world war, and I remember being a child at school during the second world war and seeing the empty desks of children who had been killed by the bombs. We were very grateful for the United States at that time, and we remain grateful. Europe is right to remember that and to recall our gratitude. No...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: I entirely agree. President Trump’s manner and behaviour throughout the election period were greatly worrying, and his extraordinary reaction to his own inauguration was concerning; I believe that it partly provoked the demonstrations that took place. When he thought he was going to lose, he said that he was going to object to the election on the grounds of fraud, but it is extraordinary...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: Many people have come here who have been less welcome than others; that is absolutely true. We have had people here who were very unsavoury characters—not from the United States, as it happens—but we certainly should not try to imitate the errors of the past. We should set an example by making sure that we do not make those mistakes again. As I said, this is a situation of grave concern,...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: It is extraordinary that Trump, from the cavernous depths of his scientific ignorance, is prepared to challenge the conclusions of 97% of the world experts on this matter. He makes a bad science conspiracy theory conclusion when, apart from the nuclear issue, climate change is the most important issue of our time. On the nuclear issue, Trump is almost unique in that he believes in nuclear...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: I am well aware of the Standing Orders on this matter, but I speak as someone with enormous regard for the Queen. She is my inspiration; she is my example. She is working at an age that is eight years beyond my age, and I will certainly not be so wimpish as to stand down while she continues with her heroic work at her age. Our main concern is that we are in this position of surrealism, of an...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: The will of the American people has changed rapidly within the last seven days. The position now is—[Interruption.] Well, get the facts. The position today is that Trump’s standing is at minus 18, which is precisely the level of support held by Richard Nixon on the day that he resigned his presidency. Trump is at rock bottom. He is the least popular American President ever in this...

President Trump: State Visit — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (20 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: Yes, fine, Mr Walker. The wind-up is a simple one. This is a great chance to be here and to start off this debate, but I know there are many people who also have contributions to make on the subject. We are in a position unlike any faced by any previous Parliament, whereby a person of a unique personality is running the United States. There are great dangers in attempting to give him the best...


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