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Results 281–290 of 290 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Peter Soulsby

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill: New Clause 2 — Protection of Freedom of Expression (11 Jul 2005)

Peter Soulsby: I certainly do not think that a religious outlook needs be immutable, but I believe it to be fundamental. It is, I believe, fundamental to how people identify themselves, and fundamental in a way that is particularly relevant to the Bill—fundamental to how others identify them and promote hatred of them. Surely the purpose of the Bill is to protect those who are identified by others, and by...

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: My constituency is one of the most ethnically diverse of any represented in this House outside London. In the last census in 2001, more than 40 per cent. of its population described themselves as other than white British, and the proportion is probably somewhat higher today. In giving that description, they used many different criteria, the two most notable being race and religion. It is not...

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: Certainly, because I realise that my hon. Friend may feel that I have misrepresented him slightly.

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: I entirely accept that that was my hon. Friend's point and that he was welcoming the extension; my argument is that it should be extended to other religious minorities, which is the purpose of the Bill.

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: No; my point was that a significant proportion of my constituents and others identify themselves primarily by their religion, and that that identification that they have of themselves and that others have of them should be protected.

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: The fact is that the law preventing the promotion of hatred on the grounds of race deserves to be extended to those who suffer from the promotion of hatred on the grounds of their religion. Members of certain religions are not protected when, as they increasingly perceive to be the case, extremists promote hatred of them and of their friends, families and communities on the grounds of their...

Orders of the Day — Racial and Religious Hatred Bill (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: That was precisely my point about the way in which the law has been extended, is capable of being extended to prevent attacks on Jews and Sikhs and should be extended to prevent such attacks on Muslims and members of other religions in future. The Bill will not prevent anybody from being criticised or joked about. However, it makes a clear statement. It will provide a legal framework and help...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: When he last met representatives of the Palestinian Authority to discuss progress on the Middle East peace settlement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Middle East (21 Jun 2005)

Peter Soulsby: In his initial response to the question, the Foreign Secretary indicated that this is indeed a unique opportunity to move forwards in the middle east and to move towards a two-state solution that protects the interests of the Israeli Government while securing justice for the Palestinians, but in his response to the supplementary he dealt with one of the issues that threatens that progress. I...

Foreign Affairs and Defence (18 May 2005)

Peter Soulsby: I should like to begin my first speech in the House with an apology to my hon. Friends. As the new Member for Leicester, South, I can claim credit for being the Labour gain on 5 May. I was also, however, the candidate who did not win the by-election last July. My thanks are therefore due to my many hon. Friends who campaigned for me last year, and my apology goes to them for being 10 months...


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