Robert Halfon

Kurdish Questions in the Commons

Gary Kent | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Abiding by international norms is what most governments do unless and until those norms can be amended and Abadi should understand that without a truly fresh start, pro-Kurdish voices will become louder.

British Perceptions of Iraqi Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The dynamic speed and scale of the unfolding crisis in Iraq have left many opinion-formers and policy-makers keen to catch up with events. British friends of Kurdistan have also been quick to rally to the cause.

Remembering Halabja and Boosting the Kurdish Diaspora

Gary Kent | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Several MPs referred favourably to Ukrainian communities and organisations in their constituencies in a recent Commons debate on Russian actions against Ukraine. Such links with voters, who may be seen as newsworthy locally and electorally important, makes MPs more attentive.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Nazi' Ukip Has Done Us A Favour, Says Tory MP

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 7 March 2014... 1) 'NAZI' UKIP HAS DONE US A FAVOUR, SAYS TORY MP Forget the infamous 'fruit...

Some Ukip Members Are Like Nazis, Says Tory MP

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Politics

Some Ukip members are "literally akin to Nazis", a Conservative MP has said. Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow, said in many ways he was pleased Nig...

Should The Tories Give Themselves A New Name?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics

The Conservative Party should rename itself the "Workers' Party" and replace its tree logo with a ladder, a leading Tory backbencher has said. Robe...

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.

Successful Commons Debate on UK Relations With the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Commons, for the second time in a year, returned last week to debating the Kurdistan Region and, specifically, British relations with it. This is very unusual given that Kurdistan is a faraway place of which most British people are unaware. Such debates can change that.

Conservatives Need to Be the Party Standing Up for Millions of Workers, Not Just Millionaires

Robert Halfon | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Robert Halfon

Currently, a full time worker on the minimum wage earns just £12,500 per year. This is simply not sustainable. For a fair day's work, one should receive a fair day's pay. Not only is it morally just to do this, but it is also economically effective. Increasing the Minimum Wage eliminates the poverty trap, cuts the benefits bill, and encourages more people to get back into work.

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...

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...

Kurdish Questions at the Party Conferences

Gary Kent | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The British Government is now rightly seeking to mobilise the international community to raise a billion dollars a month to help the Syrian refugees and, as a British minister argued, to help prevent the Middle East erupting into continuous conflict.

Iran's Election Should Not Have Any Impact on Our Relationship?

Robert Halfon | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Halfon

Today the Iranian people go to the polls for the first time since 2009's controversial reelection of President Ahmadinejad... Unfortunately, with hundreds of candidates disqualified and all the current Presidential hopefuls part of the ruling establishment and links with Ayatollah Khamenei, it is unlikely that there will be any reforms.

Campaign to Recognise Kurdish Genocide Gathering Global Momentum

Gary Kent | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The more countries that mark the Kurdish genocide, through parliaments, governments, towns, civic groups, school talks and visits the better. There is a handful of memorials in Britain. There should be more. The 25th anniversary of Halabja has helped develop an international momentum that puts the past Kurdish Genocide and the future of the Kurdish people firmly on the map.

Debate on the Genocide Against the Iraqi Kurds to be Debated in Parliament

Gary Kent | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Concerted efforts over the last year by Kurdish and British campaigners have scored a major result. The British Parliament will discuss the genocide against the Iraqi Kurds in a special and historic debate from about 2.15-5pm on Thursday 28 February.

Taking Stories From the Genocide Against the Iraqi Kurds to the Commons

Gary Kent | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The current campaign to win formal recognition of the Kurdish genocide is nearing its finale in Britain. Last week, leading supporters of the all-party group on Kurdistan urged a business committee, which allocates time, to endorse an historic parliamentary debate on the Kurdish genocide and its contemporary relevance.

Foreign Policy on the Fringe of the Conferences

Gary Kent | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Leon Trotsky, not someone I usually quote, once said that people may not be interested in politics but politics is often interested in them. British people may be wary of foreign interventions but foreign crises can profoundly affect domestic politics. The suffering that we see every day in Syria won't go away and will have to be addressed, sooner rather than later.

A Curate's Egg of a Budget?

David Cowan | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Politics
David Cowan

On Wednesday, George Osborne grew in stature as a Tory Chancellor. The Budget was the most definitive account of the government's plan for growth. Yet it was mainly framed as a tax reform budget, and it is by this standard it should be judged.

Another Tory MP Antagonises The Trade Unions

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK Politics

Trade unions are "bastions of capitalism" and can be "soulmates" of the Tories, it was claimed on Friday. Conservative MP Robert Halfon has called ...

Big Ben Tours To Remain Free After MPs Revolt

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 15.03.2012 | UK Politics

Sightseers wishing to climb the 334 steps of Big Ben's tower will be able to do so free of charge for at least another three years, after MPs voted ag...

How Much Should It Cost To Visit Big Ben?

The Huffington Post UK\ | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.02.2012 | UK Politics

Tory MP Robert Halfon has questioned the practice of charging people to climb the clock tower at Westminster to see Big Ben. Raising the issue as a...

Tory MP Tells Hague: 'War With Iran Looks Likely'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Politics

William Hague told MPs there was "grave concern" about the actions of the Iranian government as a Conservative MP claimed the country was "the new Sov...

Bercow 'Not Worried' About Parliament Sinking Into Thames

Posted 23.01.2012 | UK Politics

John Bercow has reassured MPs that he is "not worried" by reports that Parliament is slowly slipping into the river Thames. Subsidence caused by wo...

Driving Us Into Recession: The Price Of Fuel Tax

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 16.12.2011 | UK Politics

The number of cars on the road has suffered its steepest decline since records began, with many blaming the increasing cost of petrol. Traffic volu...

Bled Dry: Why Aren't We Angrier About Petrol Prices?

Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Politics

In September 2000 fuel protests over petrol prices stopped Britain for seven days. Schools closed, supermarkets shelves emptied and the NHS was declar...