Leaving the EU: Contingency Planning

Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

If the hon. Gentleman really cared about stopping no deal, he would vote for the deal. There is something else that is worth saying about this shadow Secretary of State. He is a reasonable man—he is a sensible man—and I like him. My politics are probably closer to his than his are to those of the leader of his party, so why does he not have the gumption to join his friends over there on the Back Benches in the Independent Group, instead of backing a hard-left proto-communist as leader of the Labour party?