Barry speaks in debate on Jammu and Kashmir

On 11th September 2014, during a debate in Parliament, Barry spoke out about the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the region's future.

You can read Mr Gardiner's speech below.

"It is normal for Members contributing to a Westminster Hall Adjournment Debate to pay tribute to the chair, Mr Hollobone, I do fulsomely and look forward to having our deliberations guided by your experienced judgement. It is also customary to congratulate the honourable member who secured the debate for doing so and for the manner in which he has introduced it. This I am unable to do today as I believe this debate is premised upon a mistake, compounded by ignorance and oblivious of the more obvious realities of the situation.

"In exactly a week’s time the people of Scotland will be going to the polls in a referendum to decide the future of our country whether as a united and strong people working together for a Better Britain, or as a separate nation state of Scotland cut off from the security and support of the rest of the component parts of the United Kingdom; Wales, Northern Ireland and England. The debate has been hotly contested and not without its ill temper, but imagine the outrage on both sides of the debate if the Indian parliament, the Lok Sabah, were today debating the merits or demerits of independence and passing judgement upon what we in the United Kingdom see as a matter for us and for us alone to decide.

"The Simla Agreement between both Pakistan and India is actually quite specific upon this point. It requires the two countries to deal with the issue of Kashmir bi-laterally and without the involvement or interference of any other state. India and Pakistan have both signed this agreement and therefore it is disingenuous for any politician here to claim that this is somehow a matter where they have a role or legitimate voice.

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Barry joins Team Ignite at Claremont High School for Wings of Hope tea party

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On 6th March 2014 Barry was delighted to join Team Ignite of Claremont High School for an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party to raise funds for the Wings of Hope charity.

Wings of Hope is a children's charity who work to provide free education and support for poor and orphaned children in India and Malawi

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Barry takes part in launch of British Heart Foundation's pop-up shops

Barry_Gardiner_MP_supports_British_Heart_Foundation_Pop-Up_ShopsOn 7th February 2014 Barry showed his support for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at the launch of their first ever pop-up shop at the Houses of Parliament.

The BHF shops raise essential funds for life-saving research and help to raise awareness of heart disease which is one of the biggest killers in the UK.

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Barry joins local Councillors and volunteers to clean Brent streets

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On 18th January Barry joined local Councillors and volunteers in Wembley to clear up waste and rubbish left on the streets.

Brent Council has launched a campaign to target illegal waste being dumped on the streets

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Barry opens new children's home in Brent

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On 11th January 2014 Barry was delighted to be invited to join the team at House of Hope London to open a new care home for children and young people in Brent.

House of Hope London provides a spacious and comfortable home for children in need of care, support and stability

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Barry pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

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Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking in a debate in Parliament to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and to recognise the immense impact that his life has had on me and, indeed, on us all.

At the time of the South African Barbarians rugby tour of 1979, my wife Caroline and I were young newlyweds, and I remember that we made the journey only a few weeks into our marriage to protest against the tour. We were not politically sophisticated but we recognised the simple injustice of apartheid and we had to express our revulsion to it.

I was privileged in 2006 to be shown into Mandela's cell on Robben Island by Ahmed Kathrada, the youngest of the defendants in the Rivonia trial. He allowed me a few quiet moments to reflect on the 27 years of my life that had passed since going on that first demonstration—the same period that Mandela had spent in that cell. It was profoundly humbling.

I had the opportunity yesterday to pay respect on behalf of my constituents who I'm sure feel that their lives are enlarged by the knowledge that they have lived at the same time as Mandela. Brent is perhaps the most diverse place in Europe and was the first to honour Mandela by naming a street after him. Brent understands his essential message that people of different race and different belief can and must live alongside one another.

It is said that power corrupts, but the truth is that power reveals. It allows the powerful to show their true nature. The reason that power seems to corrupt is that too often it reveals the corrupt nature of those who gain power. The glory of Nelson Mandela is that power revealed in him not rancour and bitterness but the extraordinary noble nature, the great soul of one who had suffered and not forgotten the purpose to which he had dedicated his life—the dignity of all human beings and their right to justice.

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Barry wins Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year Award

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On 9th December 2013 Barry was honoured to win the Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year Award at an event that took place in the Houses of Parliament.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management's prestigious annual awards recognise the contributions of people from across the board to improving the management of our environment. CIWEM recognised Barry's efforts since his becomming Member of Parliament in 1997 presenting the award for his:

"unceasing efforts to promote a range of environmental issues over a parliamentary career spanning more than 15 years."

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Barry calls on Government to address problems with NHS diagnostic services in Brent

2013.03.20_-_BUDGETOn 4th November 2013 Barry called on the Government to address serious problems with healthcare services in Brent that might endanger patient diagnoses during a debate he led in Parliament, following a number of serious issues with pathology and scanning services in Brent due to errors being made by private companies to whom these services have been outsourced.

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Barry takes par in Diabetes Health Challenge to raise awareness for Diabetes

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On 30th October 2013 Barry took part in the annual diabetes charity event, the Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge, in the House of Commons to help raise awareness of the condition and how it can affect people's lives.

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