My Latest Parliamentary Appearances

  • Yemen Peace Process | Commons debates
    It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Henley (John Howell). He raised important points about the Houthis, which I will come to in a moment. I am also grateful to the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) for securing this debate. Even though we in… Read more »
  • Yemen Peace Process | Commons debates
    In short, it is because the conflict has become a proxy. The Houthis are perceived by a large number of countries in the Arab world to be either proxies or puppets of the Iranian regime. I do not think that that is absolutely an accurate description, but it is clear… Read more »
  • Business of the House | Whorlton Hall | Commons debates
    I join colleagues in paying tribute to Philippa Helme for the advice she has given and wish her a happy retirement.Many people who turn up at polling stations today will be told that they are not able to vote. Even though they are legally entitled to vote, they will have… Read more »
  • Leaving the European Union | Commons debates
    After weeks of negotiations between a pro-Brexit Prime Minister and a pro-Brexit Labour leadership, it is clear that we have not been able to get an agreement on the terms of this process. It is also clear that no Parliament can bind its successor and no lame-duck Prime Minister can… Read more »
  • Definition of Islamophobia | Commons debates
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  • Definition of Islamophobia | Commons debates
    I only intervene because he mentioned our Redbridge community and I want to pay tribute to the Redbridge Faith Forum and all the inter-faith work in Redbridge. The Muslims who are involved in that have done a fantastic job. Does he agree that inter-faith dialogue is the essence of dealing… Read more »
  • Hezbollah | Oral Answers to Questions - Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates
    I too welcome the Minister. Will he confirm that Hezbollah is in Syria working as a proxy for the Iranian regime and the Assad Government, and has played a malign role, killing many, many innocent people in the Syrian conflict? Read more »
  • European Parliament: Elections | Cabinet Office | Written Answers
    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will respond to (a) the letter sent to him on 28 April by the organisation New Europeans, (b) Early Day motion 2357, tabled on 1 May and (c) the oral contribution of the hon. Member for Ilford South, of 9… Read more »
  • European Parliament: Elections | Cabinet Office | Written Answers
    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to ensure that EU citizens in the UK who wish to vote in the EU elections are able to do so by (a) making the UC1 form which EU citizens need to complete in order to declare… Read more »
  • Death of John Smith: 25th Anniversary | Acquired Brain Injury | Commons debates
    I vividly recall the morning the BBC announced that John Smith had been taken ill. I had a meeting with Liz Pearce, who had been my general election agent and who was a councillor. She had just won us our first position in Redbridge, where we were going to form… Read more »