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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 Martin Flannery Mr Martin Flannery , Sheffield, Hillsborough 3:31 pm, 30th November 1983

My question will be brief compared with some that have been allowed.

Is it not a fact that the Home Secretary is only selectively and partially answering the questions put to him by Opposition Members, that he has only taken evidence from the chief constable of Cheshire, and that he seemed not to know about the brutal violence of the police last night? Does he expect British trade unions which are under full scale assault from the Conservative party to sit quiet while they are dismantled? Is that what the Conservative party is after? It is the Conservatives who are encouraging mass picketing more than any Opposition Member. We are all appalled at violence, and we are especially appalled at police violence. I have never been violent in my life.