News & Articles

Some published articles and blog posts from Tommy Sheppard MP

Subcategories from this category:

Contributions, Early Day Motions, Written Questions

Israel’s Treatment Of Non-Jewish Refugees

Israel’s Treatment Of Non-Jewish Refugees

Early Day Motion raises awareness of unfair treatment of non-Jewish refugees in Israel

Tommy Sheppard MP has sponsored an EDM calling on the Israeli Government to improve its treatment of non-Jewish, African asylum seekers. Less than one percent of applications by African refugees are successful, while Israel’s closest neighbours, Jordan and Lebanon, have each accepted millions of refugees fleeing Syria.

Continue reading
  3148 Hits
  0 Comments
3148 Hits
0 Comments

Finance Bill

Tommy comments in the chamber on the Finance Bill on 21st July 2015

Click to view footage >>

  2367 Hits
  0 Comments
Tags:
2367 Hits
0 Comments

Passports: British Nationals Abroad

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 5846, what (a) proportion and (b) number of applications for a passport for a child overseas take longer than eight months to process.

Answer (from James Brokenshire):  A total of 49,173 international child passport applications finished processing in January-June 2015. Of this total, 1,068 (2.2%) took longer than eight months to be processed. The processing time is the length of time from receipt of the application to the passport being printed.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) must be fully satisfied that all appropriate checks have been completed successfully prior to the issuance of passport facilities. This is particularly important in relation to child applications as part of Her Majesty’s Passport Office responsibility to protect potentially vulnerable children, including those potentially at risk of child trafficking and to maintain the integrity of the British Passport.

Continue reading
  1807 Hits
  0 Comments
1807 Hits
0 Comments

HM Passport Office: Complaints

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 July 2015 to Question 5849, how many complaints she has received on slow service at HM Passport Office in each of the last two years.

Answer (from James Brokenshire): Her Majesty’s Passport Office has dealt with a range of customer enquiries over the last two years. These enquiries have come from members of the public and from Members of Parliament on behalf of their constituents.  Her Majesty’s Passport Office is committed to processing applications as quickly as possible while maintaining the high level of security within the application system. Those applicants who need to travel urgently have their cases considered as a priority
  1990 Hits
  0 Comments
1990 Hits
0 Comments

Immigration Controls

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what circumstances a non-British parent of a young child based in the UK, who is not allowed to stay in the country for periods longer than six months, stops being considered as a primary care giver for immigration purposes as a result of siblings filling that role. Answer (from James Brokenshire): The requirements to be met by a non-European Economic Area national for entry clearance to or leave to remain in the UK as a parent of a child based here are set out in paragraphs EC-PT.1.1. and R-LTRPT.1.1. of Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules. Further guidance on these requirements can be found on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/chapter-8-appendix-fm-family-members
  1916 Hits
  0 Comments
1916 Hits
0 Comments

Devolution of welfare in Scotland

Tommy's speech in the chamber

Click to view footage >>

  1330 Hits
  0 Comments
1330 Hits
0 Comments

Votes in the EU referendum

Tommy's speech in the chamber

Click to view footage >>

  1474 Hits
  0 Comments
1474 Hits
0 Comments

Scotland Bill

Tommy's speech in the chamber

Click to view footage >>

  1360 Hits
  0 Comments
1360 Hits
0 Comments

Maiden Speech

Tommy makes his maiden speech in the House of Commons

Click to view footage >>

  1605 Hits
  0 Comments
1605 Hits
0 Comments