#UnlockTheDebate – parliamentary debate and alternative debate on detention



Parliamentary debate

There is going to be a parliamentary debate on the detention inquiry report on 10 September 2015.

The debate will be the first full parliamentary debate on the detention inquiry report, which was published in March 2015. The debate will last for three hours and take place in Chamber. You can read the official notice here. The title of the debate is;

That this House supports the recommendations of the report of the Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, The Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom; has considered the case for reform of immigration detention; and calls on the Government to respond positively to those recommendations.

The debate was secured by Richard Fuller MP (Conservative), Paul Blomfield MP (Labour), David Burrowes MP (Conservative) and Kirsten Oswald MP (SNP) who made an application to the Backbench Business Committee in late July 2015. A huge thanks to them. You can read here how they argued the importance of this debate, drawing on the growing momentum for detention reform created by a range of civil society organisations.

If your MP is attending the debate, please ask them to voice their support for the detention inquiry’s key recommendations, calling for radical reform of the detention system.  If your MP has yet to confirm they are attending, urge them to do so! 

You can find out who your MP is here You can download a briefing for the debate here, and use it to encourage your MP to take part especially if they are new to the issue of detention.  Remember it is always important to demonstrate how this issue affects your local area, as it being a national outrage. 


 Alternative debate

What would YOU say in the parliamentary debate on detention? 

Well, now is the time to tell us!  From 1 September, Right to Remain (as part of the Detention Forum) will be hosting an alternative debate.

Share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #UnlockTheDebate or email lisa@righttoremain.org.uk

Even better, make a short video and share it with us!  Making a video on a smart phone is very quick and easy to do.  Watch our intro video here to find out more.

If you’ve made a video, share it with us from 1 September using the hashtag #UnlockTheDebate on Twitter, or email it to lisa@righttoremain.org.uk

Right to Remain will be collating the videos and sharing them online in the run up to the parliamentary debate, and during it.


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