Alistair Burt

The Case for British Military Action in Iraq and Syria

Gary Kent | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Britain should help defend Kurds in Iraq and Syria, for instance, and undermine Daesh ahead of a comprehensive solution in Syria, whose nightmare has persisted for four years and may well continue. Britain should not hide its head in the sand by failing to play a fuller part in defeating the menace of Daesh, and bolstering the Kurdistan Region.

Tory MP Branded 'Shameful' For Blocking Bill Enabling Cheap NHS Access To New Drugs

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 07.11.2015 | UK Politics

A Tory health minister has been branded “absolutely shameful” after speaking for almost half an hour in order to block a new law which would allow...

Talking Is Often the Best Therapy of All

Alistair Burt | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burt

Without a doubt, we can say we are world leaders in this form of therapy - one which favours talking over tablets, empathy over medication. I feel a great sense of pride in our health and care system that other countries, such as Sweden - often held up as an exemplar of modern health care - are now trialling similar approaches.

We Have a National Difficulty in Talking About Suicide - But Talking About It Is the First Step to Helping

Alistair Burt | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burt

We are now better than ever before at talking about mental health and I want to thank all those who have told me - and others - their stories and experiences - both good and bad. Their stories move me and spur me on to do all I can to continue to improve mental health services. I think each and every person involved is providing such care with such commitment.

Mixed Bag for Mental Health Since May's Election

Paul Farmer | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Farmer

We want to see the Government take a more holistic view to prevent people becoming unwell in the first place and support people to make ends meet when they're not currently able to work. Mental health is a key issue for all politicians. With the comprehensive spending review approaching, now's the time to give mental health the investment it deserves.

Why We're Introducing Waiting Time Standards for Mental Health

Alistair Burt | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burt

We have come a long way. Mental and physical health conditions are now given equal priority in law, we've increased funding, we're tackling stigma and I will continue to hold the NHS to account to make sure that mental health and physical health conditions are given equal priority.

What Prospects for Childcare and Eldercare Under the New Government?

Stephen Burke | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The election proved again that politics is increasingly about the personal. And there is nothing more personal than getting the care you need for your family. The next five years will be a real test for the government as it battles to balance the books and meet the growing expectations of families.

Ned Simons

Britain Would 'Fall Apart' Without Immigration, Warns Ex-Conservative Minister | Ned Simons | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics

Britain would "fall apart" without immigration, a former senior Conservative minister has argued. Alistair Burt, who served as a Foreign Office min...

Ex-Minister Basically Just Made Excuses For Egypt Not Realeasing Journalists Sooner

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK

A former foreign office minister has attempted to defend Egypt's reasons for taking so long to release an Australian Al Jazeera journalist jailed more...

Arm the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Commons returned this week to a major statement from Prime Minister David Cameron on several international crises including Iraq. Denouncing Isil barbarism, he defined his position as providing equipment to the Kurdish forces and supporting US military air strikes...

Are Intelligence Services Already Close To Identifying Jihadi John?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK

Intelligence services could soon know the identity of the killer of US journalist James Foley, with suggesting the south London-accented jihadi may be...

Ned Simons

'Britain Should Be One Of The World's Policemen, The Consequences Of Non-Intervention In Syria Are Clear' | Ned Simons | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics

'This picture taken on Jan. 31, 2014, and released by the UNRWA, shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food ...

Three Conservative Contributions to Discussion of British Foreign Policy

Gary Kent | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

In their different ways, the Tory trio are seeking to learn the right lessons from Iraq, and deepen the UK's foreign policy debate. Liberal interventionism has been undermined since 2003 but careless insularity, combined with a puerile anti-imperialism, does nothing for current and future victims of tyrants everywhere.

High-Profile Parliamentary Debate on UK Relations With the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

British ignorance of and even an element of wariness towards the Kurdistan Region have been replaced in recent years by a growing recognition of its potential by MPs and Ministers alike...

Former FCO Minister Says Cameron's Syria Decision Led To 'Constitutional Mess'

Guardian | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Britain has landed itself in a "constitutional mess" in the wake of the summer vote against military action in Syria, in which the Commons can be guar...

Where Will the Geneva Deal With Iran Lead?

Gary Kent | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British hero of the diplomatic breakthrough with Iran was seen by many as the European Union's foreign affairs and security supremo, Cathy Ashton, who had been derided by some as a lightweight...

Asa Bennett

'Why Is Assad's Main Arms Supplier Coming To London?' | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Politics

Ministers have been accused of "hypocrisy" over their failure to ban Russia's state technology corporation from attending the world's largest arms sho...

'Don't Worry, Syrian Rebels Will Give Us The Guns Back After The War'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics

The government has said people should not worry that weapons delivered to the Syrian rebels would fall into the hands of extremists, as the Opposition...

Mother Of Beheaded Sri Lankan Worker Forgives Saudi Arabian Authorities Who Called For Daughter's Death

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK

The mother of a Sri Lankan domestic worker who was beheaded in Saudi Arabia says she has forgiven those who called for her daughter’s death. Riz...

Lucy Sherriff

Syrian Students In UK Facing Deportation, Torture, Death | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of Syrian students face being expelled from the UK and sent back to their home country, where they could face torture and even death, the Huf...

'Cruel And Inhuman': Britain Condemns Execution Of Sri Lankan Maid In Saudi Arabia

PA | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK

Britain has condemned the execution of a Sri Lankan domestic worker in Saudi Arabia as "cruel and inhuman". Rizana Nafeek, 24, was beheaded for kil...

Israel Criticised By UK West Bank University Plan

The Guardian | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Politics

The British government has warned that the official authorisation of Israel's first settlement university will create another hurdle in the peace proc...

Britain Condemns Syrian Airstrike On Bakery

PA | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Politics

Britain today condemned an airstrike on a bakery in Syria which is believed to have killed more than 60 people queuing to buy bread. Foreign Office...

Arms Trade Treaty: The Time for Negotiations Is Running Out

Alistair Burt | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Politics
Alistair Burt

The world is watching negotiations at the UN and will be ready to hold the international community to account. It needs to deliver.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – At the Heart of the Global Nuclear Debate

Alistair Burt | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Politics
Alistair Burt

The word "nuclear" is often on the front pages of the press, whether you're in Tehran, Tokyo or Tunis. In the last few weeks alone, we've seen international talks about Iran's nuclear programme and united international concern that it is developing a nuclear weapon.