UK’s Withdrawal from the EU

Part of Business of the House (Today) – in the House of Commons at 1:40 pm on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Father of the House of Commons 1:40 pm, 14th February 2019

The hon. Gentleman has reminded me of the party manifesto, on which I apparently I stood and which is binding on me, at the last election. I have never seen this document. It was produced some time during the campaign, rather obscurely, and I read about it in the newspapers. No copy was ever sent to me and I have never met a constituent who bothered to get a copy or read it. It had one rather startling policy in it, which was abandoned within about a day and played no further role. There is another myth growing: a new constitutional convention that says that anyone who stands for a party and gets elected here is bound by some rubbishy document that somebody unknown in central office, not the Cabinet, has produced and that is meant to bind them for the next Parliament.