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EDM Supported: 14th March, 2019

That this House recognises the inadequacy of the funding currently available to all state schools; expresses deep concern over the warning from more than 7,000 head teachers that budget shortages are worsening; commends the call by head teachers for greater funding through the Worth Less? campaign...

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EDM Supported: 14th March, 2019

That this House expresses its deep concern regarding the rising tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir; is extremely alarmed by the use of military action by India across Pakistani airspace and the subsequent air strikes from Pakistan...

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EDM Supported: 12th March, 2019

That this House commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising on 10 March 1959 in Lhasa, Tibet; notes that the uprising was met with extreme force, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of Tibetans and the beginning of increasingly harsh Chinese rule over Tibet...

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Oral Contribution: 5th March, 2019

... I have some general points about contemporary issues in Kosovo and remarks about the contribution that the Kosovan diaspora can make. I was pleased that last week the President of Kosovo said that land swaps would never occur. Last year he talked about border corrections with Serbia, but that was the wrong approach. Quite a lot of money was spent on lobbying in London and elsewhere on the issue, but I am glad the President has changed approach. The Prime Minister and the Parliament were right to be wary of land swaps, border corrections or whatever they are called. They could be very destabilising in the Balkans.

A delegation from North Macedonia is in Parliament at the moment, whom I was talking to yesterday. When borders start getting swapped in the Balkans, it can be destabilising. One member of the diaspora told me that land swaps should never be an issue for just one man to decide, and Kosovo as a nation will never allow it to happen. The Parliament’s approach to have a negotiating team, involving opposition parties, is a good one. Given that the President has clarified his position, I hope the United States will back away from statements that some officials have made to suggest land swaps, deals with President Putin and so on. A sober approach is needed, and I hope progress can be made.

It was good to see the Kosovo army on parade for the first time. Before this year, they were a defence force. It is an appropriate move for Kosovo to make.

 
 
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EDM Supported: 5th March, 2019

That this House recognises that the ongoing escalation of military conflict between India and Pakistan is not in the interests of either country...

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Written Question: 4th March, 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2019 to Question 213222, whether dual Irish/EU nationals who are also British citizens are eligible to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.