Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:59 pm on 2nd May 2018.

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Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng Conservative, Spelthorne 3:59 pm, 2nd May 2018

Forgive me, but can I make a little progress?

With respect to the intervention by Marsha De Cordova, not only did the former Home Secretary apologise but she resigned over the issue. That is a significant event. It is rare in our politics today that Ministers pay the ultimate price and resign, and that is what has happened.

There is a great deal of contrition, and there have been apologies. Not only that, but a helpline has been put in place to make it as easy as possible for people to find the right documentation. We have also heard about a policy to compensate people who have suffered the excesses of the Home Office. There has been plenty of policy and plenty of speeches, announcements and contrition on the part of the governing party.

I am not suggesting that every Labour Member is exploiting this issue for political ends—I do not believe that at all. I have heard many compelling and sincere speeches, but there is a suspicion that one or two Labour Members are doing so.