ST David’S Day

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:13 pm on 28th February 2019.

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Photo of Christina Rees Christina Rees Shadow Secretary of State for Wales 2:13 pm, 28th February 2019

We have had a superb debate on St David’s Day, and I thank my hon. Friend Tonia Antoniazzi for securing it. I agree with my hon. Friend Albert Owen that we should not have to go cap in hand to the Backbench Business Committee every year; the Government should make time for this debate.

I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Gower for her tremendous tribute to Paul Flynn and all other Members for their tributes. I first met Paul in 1980. He was an inspiration to me then and continued to be throughout my life. We will all miss him, and our condolences go to Sam and all Paul’s family and friends.

My hon. Friend the Member for Gower said she was a proud Welsh MP; I am, too. She also is a fantastic rugby player.