Fixed Parliaments

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:41 pm on 4th February 1987.

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Photo of Mr Geoffrey Dickens Mr Geoffrey Dickens , Littleborough and Saddleworth 3:41 pm, 4th February 1987

I wish to oppose the Bill for one or two reasons, but I shall not unduly detain the House, Mr. Speaker.

Passage of the Bill would mean that the cries from Opposition parties of "Resign" to a Prime Minister or "Go to the country" to a Government would no longer be heard in this Chamber. Lobby correspondents and political journalists in the Press Gallery would be deprived of the pleasure of speculating when the election might be called. Therefore, I feel very sad that you should seek to deny so many people that pleasure—