[Sir Alan Haselhurst in the Chair] — Clause 1 — Constituencies and Regions
Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale, Labour)
I shall resist the temptation from the hon. Gentleman, but I shall say this: the Bill deserves the criticism that it has attracted and my right hon. Friend was right to say that there are not many people who argue its case, although a few loyal souls have put their heads above the parapet. Perhaps that tells the story better than any speech in the House of Commons.
To seek enactment of the Bill before the commencement of section 16 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 is evidence that the Government are in difficulty and are seeking shortcuts to cement this political fix. I commend the amendment and the new clause to the Committee.