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Procedure of the House

Part of Business of the House (24, 25 and 26 March) (No. 2) – in the House of Commons at 12:35 pm on 26th March 2015.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 12:35 pm, 26th March 2015

It is with genuine sorrow and anger that I rise to oppose this motion today. I shall address only the real point at issue—the third motion, which seeks to change Standing Order No. 1A on the election of the Speaker. Despite the fact that the Procedure Committee asked for this not to be done in this way and for no changes to be made to this Standing Order, we are—in arguments rehearsed in the urgent question earlier—in this appalling situation with only one hour to discuss an issue that we could have discussed in great detail. It is a matter of great interest to all Members on both sides of the House.

There are arguments on both sides about the options that the Procedure Committee considered—