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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 30th November 1983.

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Photo of Mr Leon Brittan Mr Leon Brittan 3:31 pm, 30th November 1983

I agree with my hon. Friend.

On the question of the Leader of the Opposition speaking on matters of that kind, I do not take the view that all of us have to speak up on every issue and that if we do not speak up we must be construed by our silence to speak in a particular sense. But in the particular circumstances of this dispute, when the matter is not at an end and when violence is threatened, all of us have to search our consciences and ask whether we can make a contribution to preventing violence by speaking against it. That is a matter for each of us, from the top to the bottom.

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