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Results 101–120 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Tulip Siddiq

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking and Refugee Children (11 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Statistics from the organisation Every Child Protected Against Trafficking show that just in 2015593 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing from care. Charities such as the Refugee Council and the Children’s Society have recommended that independent guardians be appointed for such children, to protect them in future. Will the Minister consider this in the safeguarding strategy?

International Day of Democracy: British Citizens: Consular Support — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for mentioning the case of my constituent Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been imprisoned in Iran for 18 months, separated from her daughter and husband. She is a dual national, as he said. She has been refused consular access countless times. Does my hon. Friend agree that where there is a pattern of a country denying consular assistance, the Government...

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Last year, in a Westminster Hall debate, the then childcare Minister told me I was scoring cheap political points and should be ashamed of myself when I raised the issue of funding policies and of how nurseries were at threat of closure because of this policy. Recently, a Pre-school Learning Alliance survey said that one in three nurseries fears being driven out of business because of this...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I thank the Minister for his constructive response; I must say, he is much more constructive than his predecessor. I welcome his saying that he will look after the interests of the prisoners who have been mentioned in the debate. However, there are a few questions I would still like to hear him answer; perhaps he can write to me. I understand that he did not have time to respond to all of the...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I beg to move, That this House has considered British prisoners in Iran. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. Many hon. Members, and many people watching the debate across the world, will be aware in some sort of manner of my constituent Nazanin Ratcliffe. The reason I called this debate—why I think it is important to discuss the issue in the House—is that many...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: That is no excuse for evading responsibility for a young mother, a British citizen, who has been detained in Iran, and a three-year-old daughter who has been separated from her mother and father. Those excuses are used by the Government to evade responsibility.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. There are problems with Iran as a whole in terms of human rights. In this debate, I will concentrate on my constituent Nazanin, and Kamal Foroughi, who the hon. Gentleman may be aware of.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I will call on the British Government to do a lot more.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I am going to make some progress before taking interventions. I know that a lot of hon. Members want to come in and I will take interventions. Before I do that, I want to outline the plight of my constituent Nazanin. Gabriella’s short life has already been spent in exile. After they were unlawfully detained at the airport, what followed was a shambolic process of secretive courts, secretive...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I will mention the hon. Lady’s constituent later in my speech. I agree with her about access to medical treatment, but it is not just physical treatment, as hon. Members will be aware. Mr Hollobone, I am sure you will agree that if a woman is separated from her husband, her daughter and her family, it has an impact on her mental health as well. Through the monitored conversations that...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Richard Ratcliffe lives about 10 minutes down the road from me. Theirs is a family I can relate to. It is like many young families in my constituency. I am pleased to say that Richard is in the Public Gallery today listening to the debate. He has been tirelessly campaigning for the release of his wife and daughter since they were detained.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and for coming with me to deliver a petition to the Foreign Secretary. I agree that the toll taken on the families of those who are held in Iran, who have no contact with their families other than monitored calls, is really shown when speaking and meeting members of the families. That is, if people bother to meet with them. Thousands of people...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: That is very worrying. The problem is that, when the families speak to prisoners of conscience in Iran, the calls are heavily monitored and there is no freedom to express exactly what is happening. It is all shrouded in secrecy, so there is no real evidence of what is going on behind closed doors. It is no surprise that the UN working group on arbitrary detention said that the detention was...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: My hon. Friend anticipates the conclusion of my speech, when I will ask the Government and the Minister to do more to release not just Nazanin but Mr Foroughi, Roya and all other prisoners of conscience who have been held in Iran for so long. I have tried my best to raise this matter in the House as much as possible with the two Foreign Secretaries who have been in office in the time that...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I agree that it was a missed opportunity, but there have been other big missed opportunities, including a visit by diplomats to Evin prison, which I shall talk about later. To mark Nazanin’s 100 days of detention, Richard Ratcliffe and I went to No. 10 when David Cameron was Prime Minister and handed in a petition. With the hon. Member for Hertsmere (Oliver Dowden), we went to the Foreign...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: That is something the families have raised with me over and over again. Why will the Foreign Secretary not meet with the families? Let me be clear: we do not doubt the sincerity of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff, but the fact is that this is not working. The Foreign Secretary needs to meet the families.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: I am highlighting just one case, but there are many more involving people with dual nationalities. At the end of the day, they are still British citizens, and we have to give them the respect and time they deserve.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Just before I do, I would like to ask the Minister a few questions, which I hope he will answer in his speech. First, it remains incomprehensible that our Government are yet to call for Nazanin’s release, and that they have failed to join the UN in maintaining her innocence. As I said, 261 MPs and peers signed a letter seeking the release of Nazanin, Kamal Foroughi and Roya Nobakht. Will...

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: This is a matter of life and death, and we should be relying on any allies and friends we have in the region to try to get our prisoners of conscience released.

British Prisoners in Iran (18 Jul 2017)

Tulip Siddiq: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes a good point, as usual. That is something I will be asking the Minister to address in his conclusion. Secondly, given the seriousness with which the Government say they are treating Nazanin’s case, is it acceptable that the Foreign Secretary is yet to meet with her family? They are told that he raises concerns with Foreign Minister Zarif, but a meeting would...


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