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Business of the House (23 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: I associate myself with the very justifiable compliments that have been paid to you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for your work in this place. Would the Leader of the House be good enough to make representations for my private Member’s Bill, the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill, to be included in the wash-up business to be considered tomorrow in the other place? The Bill is...

Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (17 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my right hon. Friends the Members for Suffolk Coastal (Dr Coffey) and for Staffordshire Moorlands (Dame Karen Bradley), and my hon. Friend the Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron) for their speeches today. In particular, I thank the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Catherine West) for her support. I know that her personal...

Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (17 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: I hesitate to correct the Minister but, just for the record, an additional prisoner of conscience was released very recently, which is why I referred to four, not three.

Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (17 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: My right hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. May I augment what she has just said about the international alliance? Just this week, three members of its council of experts produced a report on the continuing atrocities in Manipur, which have been going on for a year. I am pleased that the Foreign Secretary has spoken in such positive terms about our experts’ first report, which was...

Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (17 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my right hon. Friend for highlighting the importance of interfaith dialogue. I must not miss the opportunity to promote one of the projects being undertaken by the international alliance of 43 countries. We have a working group on interfaith dialogue, which was launched this year, and we are calling for contributions of good examples of such dialogue from around the world. I encourage...

Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (17 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. It has been a long journey to get this Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill to this point. I am grateful for the cross-party and public efforts and acknowledge the international interest in it. At the outset, I particularly express my thanks to the Foreign Secretary, Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton, for his personal and...

Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (17 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my right hon. Friend for her intervention, and even more so for her work as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on Sudan and South Sudan, as well as for her acknowledgment of the importance of freedom of religion or belief when she was a Minister in the Foreign Office. She is absolutely right: the influence that religious leaders can have in bringing communities together and...

Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (17 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The clue is in the title: the Prime Minister’s special envoy for freedom of religion or belief. “Belief” indicates that there are some who do not hold a religious belief but who are equally entitled to our support, advocacy and protection on account of their beliefs, whatever they are. I will give the House some examples of the good that this office,...

Backbench Business: Security in the Western Balkans ( 2 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: As the Prime Minister’s special envoy for freedom of religion or belief, I had the privilege of visiting Kosovo in February, having been encouraged to do so by the Foreign Secretary, Lord Cameron. I went to discussions on freedom of religion or belief with Government Ministers, civil society and faith leaders to explore the relationships between different faith groups and to gather best...

Backbench Business: Security in the Western Balkans ( 2 May 2024)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. On that national day of celebration, I had the experience of listening in the Parliament of Kosovo to reflections by leader after leader about the progress their country has made in democracy, in governance and in other ways over the past 16 years. The pride that they showed was heartwarming. I will give one small example, but a very real one: one...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nicaragua: Freedom of Religion or Belief (30 Apr 2024)

Fiona Bruce: What steps he is taking to support freedom of religion or belief in Nicaragua.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nicaragua: Freedom of Religion or Belief (30 Apr 2024)

Fiona Bruce: Three all-party parliamentary groups, including that on international freedom of religion or belief, recently produced an inquiry report, “The Silencing of Democracy in Nicaragua”, outlining widespread, grave and brutal human rights violations by the regime against journalists, academics, political opponents, religious leaders and wider civil society. Our report makes recommendations for...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2024)

Fiona Bruce: Would the Minister for development and Africa please update the House on his recent visit to Ethiopia?

Church Commissioners: World Watch List (22 Feb 2024)

Fiona Bruce: What steps the Church is taking to support Anglican churches in countries listed in the World Watch List 2024.

Church Commissioners: World Watch List (22 Feb 2024)

Fiona Bruce: Following the implementation of much of the groundbreaking Truro review, the UK is now seen as a global leader on religious freedom. However, sadly, persecution is exponentially increasing across the world, so we need to embed that work. Does my hon. Friend agree that, like Governments, religious leaders need to commit to strategic thinking, structural change and the provision of additional...

International Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (26 Jan 2024)

Fiona Bruce: Thank you; I will be very brief. I thank all colleagues across the House for their support for this Bill and their kind remarks and, in particular, the Minister of State for giving up his time to come to the House to confirm the Government’s support. I thank the Prime Minister for his personal and active support for my role. I will also repeat the thanks that the Minister of State has...

International Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (26 Jan 2024)

Fiona Bruce: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I declare an obvious interest: I am the Prime Minister’s special envoy for freedom of religion or belief. However, the purpose of the Bill is for the sake of my successors, to ensure that the role and office is placed on a statutory footing. Why? One reason is that the landmark Truro review by the noble Lord Bishop of Winchester,...

International Freedom of Religion or Belief Bill (26 Jan 2024)

Fiona Bruce: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. I might come on to discuss how important it is to challenge the perception that this is somehow a niche interest, perhaps for those who have strong religious beliefs. It cannot become a niche interest, because hundreds of millions of men, women and children around the world suffer persecution and discrimination, whether under the hard arm of...

British Citizenship (Northern Ireland) Bill (26 Jan 2024)

Fiona Bruce: There is a real and sensitive issue at the heart of this Bill and debate. Although the Bill affects residents of Northern Ireland, the issues of identity and citizenship affect us all. I begin by acknowledging the case made by the hon. Member for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson)—or my hon. Friend, as I always call him and his DUP colleagues because we are so often on the same side of debates...

High Streets (Designation, Review and Improvement Plan) Bill (26 Jan 2024)

Fiona Bruce: I strongly welcome and support this Bill presented by my near neighbour and hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton) to improve our high streets. There are four micro market towns in my constituency and one large village, and we are well aware that, particularly in the case of big unitary authorities such as Cheshire East Council, development plans need to be made in...


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