Sittings of the House (20 and 23 March)

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 2:58 pm on 23rd February 2012.

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Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons 2:58 pm, 23rd February 2012

It has to be said that the previous Prime Minister faced up to his global leadership responsibilities in the face of the biggest recession in this country for 60 years, unlike the present Prime Minister, whose global leadership involves standing on the sidelines and walking away from negotiations. Our previous Prime Minister played his part and led the world in showing the way out of the previous crisis.

This Government’s unwillingness to be held to account is becoming more apparent by the day. First, they rushed through the Commons a number of highly controversial pieces of legislation in the early days of this Parliament, denying this Chamber the right to proper scrutiny of their provisions.