"Part IV — Bail

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 11th June 2008.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Labour, Blackpool South 4:15 pm, 11th June 2008

I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, not least because he has enormous experience of these matters in Northern Ireland. I hesitate to take issue with him, but I will, because I believe that Members of Parliament have a dual role. Of course we must speak up for our constituents and respect the principle of sub judice when we make representations on their behalf, but we also have a duty to represent what we believe to be their views and concerns at times of national crisis. Each Member of Parliament has the ability to do that, and we must exercise our power in that respect when such matters come before the House.

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