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Appointment of Lord Lebedev (29 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: The United Kingdom has long been a defender of freedom, democracy and human rights, and our country has proudly stood firm against crime and corruption at every opportunity. It is, therefore, frankly astonishing that, at a time when Vladimir Putin is committing war crimes in Europe, a UK Government Minister has been dragged to the Dispatch Box to defend his own Prime Minister’s murky and...

Appointment of Lord Lebedev (29 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: Thank you, Madam Speaker. What I am trying to do is set out clearly the worrying pattern of behaviour, but I take your feedback and I will move on. That brings us to the issue of the Russia report, the delay in publishing it and the failure to implement the vast majority of its recommendations until after Vladimir Putin clearly felt he could invade Ukraine with impunity. This is part of the...

Appointment of Lord Lebedev (29 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: On the Minister’s point about Labour being Russophobic, I lived and worked in Russia for three years as director of the British Council in St Petersburg, and we worked every day with ordinary Russians—good people—who want that country to be a normal country connected to the rest of the world. The people we are talking about today are not ordinary Russians. We are talking about a former...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Question (29 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: If he will invoke section 400 of the Insolvency Act 1986 to direct the official receiver to ensure that the power supply for Baglan Energy Park remains connected until a permanent connection to the National Grid is secured.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Poland (28 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional staff with relevant expertise and experience have been allocated to the UK's visa application centres in Poland since 20 February 2022.

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Hungary (24 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional staff with relevant expertise and experience have been allocated to the UK's visa application centre in Hungary since 20 February 2022.

Financial Statement (23 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: In his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) on steel, the Chancellor talked a lot about the steel compensation that has been paid. While that is, of course, welcome, the fact is that British steelmakers are still paying 61% more than their German competitors. Steel is a foundational industry that is about good jobs, decarbonisation and our sovereign...

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I thank the Minister for that intervention. Offshoring in Australia costs roughly $1 billion a year, for about 300 people. Experts in Australia have also said that it is not effective as a deterrent, and that the vast majority of those offshored are now back in Australia as a result of mental and physical suffering.

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I do not think we are in control of which messages get out and which do not. This is about results and consequences, not about the process. If the process is not working, it needs to be fixed. Rather than being fair, compassionate and orderly, this process would be cruel, demeaning and costly. This is why the Labour Party supports Lords amendment 9, which removes offshoring from the Bill....

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I congratulate and pay tribute to my hon. Friend and other colleagues who have led a passionate and powerful campaign on this issue. There are 324,963 signatures to a petition about clause 9, and I pay tribute to all those who have campaigned on it. We will be voting for Lords amendment 4 today.

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: We are supporting every one of these amendments, almost all of which contain practical suggestions. That is the policy of the Labour Front Bench. On the broader point, one thing we would do is not have a party leader who regularly and consistently insults our democratic partners and allies. On that basis, we would negotiate a successor to Dublin and get constructive engagement with the French...

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: May I associate myself with the Minister’s comments about PC Keith Palmer, who died in the line of duty and whose tragic passing this House will never forget? The Bill has been introduced against the backdrop of an asylum and immigration system that is simply not fit for purpose. The British people want and deserve a system that is fair, compassionate and orderly, as has been made...

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. There are many dreadful aspects to the whole story, but the impact on children who are utterly innocent and deserve nothing but our compassion and care, but who are not being treated with either of those values and principles, should make the Government hang their head in shame.

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I guess what matters is results and outcomes. The Government’s attempts to engage have clearly failed; the hon. Member will have his own view of why that may be, but I gently suggest that gratuitously insulting our European partners and allies on a regular basis, as the Prime Minister does, is probably not helping very much. A particularly disturbing aspect of the Bill is that it seeks to...

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The whole thing smacks of a kind of bureaucratic trickery whereby every option is blocked off by some additional piece of bureaucracy. The Bill should have been an opportunity to unlock some of that, but instead it leaves us in stalemate.

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: I think that the right hon. Gentleman is referring to offshoring, but as we have seen, offshoring does not work: it is costing millions and millions in Australia and every expert is panning the idea. If I have understood his intervention correctly, I am afraid that it is simply a non-starter. The Opposition support Lords amendment 6, which removes the Government’s attempt to introduce...

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: What is required is a properly resourced and competent processing system, so that when people come here they can be processed quickly. That would resolve many of the issues to which the hon. Gentleman referred. Arguably even more astonishing is the fact that clause 38 appears to criminalise the good Samaritans who want to save lives in the channel by removing the “for gain” clause,...

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: The safe and legal routes are not working properly, and they need to be made to work more effectively. We currently have thousands of Afghan refugees stuck in hotels. Let us put in place a system that actually works. I suggest to the hon. Gentleman that looking forward is more effective than looking back. Another stark failure of this Government has been the asylum waiting lists that are...

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 4 - Provision for Chagos Islanders to acquire British nationality (22 Mar 2022)

Stephen Kinnock: The Minister is being very generous. He gave detailed numbers on how many visas had been granted in all the schemes that he read out. I note that he did not include the number of visas granted under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Will he update the House on how many visas the Home Office has issued under that scheme as of today?


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