Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:47 pm on 5th February 2013.

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Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 4:47 pm, 5th February 2013

I hope that I shall be able to prove to Mr Newmark that one does not have to be young to be radical. I am sorry that Mr Chope has left his place, because, as I am one of the Ministers who took the civil partnership legislation through Parliament in the 2003-04 Session, alongside Jacqui Smith in the then Department of Trade and Industry—surprisingly, the lead Department on that Bill—I remember every one of the 89 Divisions that he provoked. I want to pay a special tribute to the right hon. Member for Melton. What is his name? Alan Duncan[Interruption.] Rutland and Melton. I am never quite sure if that is a cheese or a wine—[Interruption]and in his case, it might be both.