Votes: EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On 18th April 2018 the House of Lords considered amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill at its Report Stage. Two votes took place on amendments to the Bill, both of which saw bishops take part: Continue reading “Votes: EU (Withdrawal) Bill”

EU (Withdrawal) Bill – Bishop of Leeds speaks on amendment on Gibraltar

On 26th March 2018 the House of Lords continued with its consideration of the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill in committee. Baroness Butler-Sloss introduced an amendment after clause 11, regarding the maintenance of status quo rights and arrangements in Gibraltar. The Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, spoke during the debate on the amendment: 

The Lord Bishop of Leeds: My Lords, I do not want to repeat what has been said but the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, seems to have asked the key question. Amid all the detail perhaps we might precis the fundamental question. Continue reading “EU (Withdrawal) Bill – Bishop of Leeds speaks on amendment on Gibraltar”

Bishop of Leeds discusses EU Withdrawal Bill amendment

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On 7th March 2018, peers discussed Clause 7 of the EU Withdrawal Bill: ‘Dealing with deficiencies arising from withdrawal’, as part of Committee Stage. The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines spoke.  Continue reading “Bishop of Leeds discusses EU Withdrawal Bill amendment”

Bishop of Leeds comments on Russia and an incident in Salisbury

On 6th March 2018, The Earl of Courtown repeated a statement on the UK’s relationship with Russia amidst speculation about an incident in Salisbury, where a man and his daughter were found unconscious outside a shopping centre. The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, made comments about speculation about the incident. Continue reading “Bishop of Leeds comments on Russia and an incident in Salisbury”

Bishop of Leeds emphasises need for accurate language in response to statement about the EU

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Bishops of St Albans and Leeds question the Government about humanitarian situation in Syria

stalbans190117-bOn the 22nd February 2018 the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan smith asked an urgent (Private Notice) Question in the House of Lords about the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta in Syria. The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, also asked a question during the follow-up. Both the Bishops’ contributions can be found below.

 Syria: Eastern Ghouta – Private Notice Question

The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to respond to the crisis in Eastern Ghouta in Syria. Continue reading “Bishops of St Albans and Leeds question the Government about humanitarian situation in Syria”

EU Withdrawal Bill: Bishop of Leeds urges Peers to ‘model good ways of disagreeing’

On Tuesday 30th January 2018, the Lords considered the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill at Second Reading. The Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, spoke in the debate, focusing on the purpose and tone of Brexit discussions. 

Lord Bishop of Leeds: My Lords, many speakers will attend to the technical and legal details of the Bill and they will be better equipped to do so than I am. I therefore want to use my time to pay attention to a question that lies behind the nature of the Bill and the choices that we are required to make in scrutinising and attempting to improve it. This question applies to all sides of the argument, whether we think that leaving the European Union is an unmitigated disaster or the best thing since Winston Churchill mobilised the English language and sent it into battle. Continue reading “EU Withdrawal Bill: Bishop of Leeds urges Peers to ‘model good ways of disagreeing’”