Canlyniadau 61–80 o 3438 ar gyfer speaker:Alison Thewliss

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (15 Ebr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: I am coming to the end of my remarks. The Government will not even listen to these people’s stories, so what will happen to them and where will they live? This Government seem to have no consideration for the trauma people have gone through, and now they are leaving them in immigration limbo forever in this ridiculous, expensive and unworkable system. The asylum system is broken, and we...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (15 Ebr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: Here we are again, debating this outrageous and unworkable Bill. We are no further forward, and the Government will fail to get any further forward, because the Bill is a complete waste of time and money. It is a ruse to get tabloid headlines, and at this stage I am not even sure whether the Government have any intention that this plan will work at all, given the incompetence they have shown...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (15 Ebr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The hypocrisy goes even further than that: this Government expect Rwanda to uphold all of its agreements and laws internationally and domestically, while specifically setting out to breach their own laws and obligations through this legislation. It is absolutely ludicrous. Lords amendments 3B and 3C state that Rwanda “will be a safe country when the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (15 Ebr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: If the hon. Gentleman thinks that our own domestic judges should not be allowed to make decisions on these issues, I would be very interested to hear his point.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (15 Ebr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: This legislation inhibits the ability to look at facts, and I think that is quite a dangerous road to go down. I do not think that that is really what the Government ought to be doing in any circumstance. No matter how much they may wish their will upon the courts, they should not be doing this in legislation. It is completely wrong. Lords amendment 7B, on the age assessment of unaccompanied...

Iran-Israel Update (15 Ebr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: My constituent Sama has been trying to get her mother, father and brother out of Gaza since this conflict began. They have been displaced multiple times, and they are now in a tent in Rafah. They cannot apply to come to the UK for safety, as there is no scheme. This is in the UK Government’s hands, and they could waive the need for biometrics, if they so decided. Will the Prime Minister do...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: LGBT+ People (15 Ebr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the (a) needs and (b) vulnerabilities of LGBTQI+ people as part of Operation Maximise.

Home Department: Net Migration (15 Ebr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: The cruel Conservative hikes to the visa minimum income threshold have caused deep distress—deep, deep distress—to many. Does the Home Secretary understand the pain that these changes have caused, and what message does he believe it sends out to those who would do us the honour of making their home in these islands that he puts such a high price on love and family life?

Home Department: Visa Scheme for Palestinian Refugees (15 Ebr 2024)

Alison Thewliss: Gaza Families Reunited’s petition for a Palestinian family visa scheme has garnered 100,000 signatures, and I hope it will soon be debated in Parliament. Gazans are stuck in a cruel and irrational Catch-22 situation: they cannot cross the border to Egypt because they do not have visas, as they cannot get their biometrics registered, but they cannot get their biometrics registered because...

Women’s State Pension Age (25 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: WASPI women in my constituency have campaigned relentlessly for many years, and I pay tribute to all of them, particularly Rosie Dickson, who has done so much at various events around Glasgow, and who came down to London to put her case directly in Parliament. WASPI women are watching this debate, and when the Minister says that the Government will carefully consider things, they hear,...

Cyber-security and UK Democracy (25 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: We should be worried about Chinese influence in various areas of Government. Graham Barrow, the Companies House expert, has been warning for quite some time about dubious company incorporations that have originated in China. He believes that they are being created using an algorithm, and there is evidence that companies are being incorporated using stolen UK credentials, from UK addresses,...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Blood: Contamination (22 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the joint letter to him from Scottish and Welsh Ministers in relation to Infected Blood Compensation and Interim Payments, dated 22 January 2024, when he plans to make interim compensation payments to bereaved parents and children.

HMRC Self-Assessment Helpline (20 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: I am regularly contacted by constituents who have had poor services from HMRC, as I am sure many of my colleagues are. These people are pretty certain that they would still be waiting had they not got their MP involved. My constituent Mr McCall retired to care for his terminally ill wife in 2021, but has since been chased repeatedly by HMRC to provide a tax return for 2022-23. He does not use...

Israel and Gaza (19 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: Does the deliberate starvation of a civilian population constitute a war crime—yes or no?

Treasury: Support for Small Businesses (19 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: One of the requests from female-led businesses in my constituency, including Cùrlach and Rock’n Rollers, was for a VAT cut for hairdressing businesses. Can the Minister tell me why that was not considered in the Budget? These businesses are an important part of our high streets and they are often led by women, who have missed out significantly in the Chancellor’s Budget.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: The hon. Lady is correct: it is a gimmick. It has no basis in fact and there a lot of doubt about whether it will even work, but it appeals to a certain section that the Government think need to be appealed to. It is not so much a dog whistle as a foghorn, but it is definitely there. To continue with the point about Afghans, the Migration Observatory at Oxford University has pointed out that...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: I absolutely agree. Other countries around the world have looked to the UK as an upholder of rights—as a beacon of democracy and human rights— but following this tawdry Bill, we can see other countries looking at the UK’s dissent from international norms that we set up.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: I will make a little progress, because I am mindful of what Mr Deputy Speaker said about time. I want to touch on the misinformation that the Minister put forward about Rwanda and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The transit agreements are not the same at all as people being permanently relocated to Rwanda. The UNHCR has mentioned that Norway, Sweden, Canada, France,...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: It is difficult to tell, because scrutiny mechanisms are not in place that would allow Committees of this House to ascertain whether that is entirely the case. The Committee that my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) is on has been to visit Rwanda, and she has information about that visit that she hopes to share with the House. I understand that the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Maw 2024)

Alison Thewliss: I am conscious of what you said about time, Mr Deputy Speaker, and I should like to make some progress. In Lords amendment 4, Lord Anderson of Ipswich proposes to add to the words “Every decision-maker must conclusively treat the Republic of Rwanda as a safe country” the words “unless presented with credible evidence to the contrary”. I agree that evidence is important. If judges and...


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