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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:28 pm on 21st March 2019.

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Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Conservative, Torbay 2:28 pm, 21st March 2019

It is always a pleasure to follow Jim Shannon after a rare opportunity to hear him contribute to a debate. His contributions are always well thought out, passionate and well structured on behalf of his constituents. I definitely agree with him about the need at some point to get the Northern Ireland Assembly back up and running, doing its job again and tackling the issues that need to be tackled on behalf of Northern Ireland. Just ramming business through this place in a day is not what any of us really wants to see. We want to see the politicians who were elected to serve Northern Ireland doing so.

Let me come to the main substance of the debate. I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend Dame Cheryl Gillan and to my hon. Friend Huw Merriman not only for securing this debate, but for the passion that they bring to this issue. Obviously, our best wishes go to my right hon. Friend, who is facing a family situation.

This is an interesting debate. When I was about 12, I sat the Mensa IQ test and got a reasonable rating.