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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 4th April 2019.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield 10:31 am, 4th April 2019

Can we have a debate about the challenge we have in our constituencies and in this place in the way we treat one another and the language we use? Could the Leader of the House particularly bear in mind something very offensive that was said last night by Mr Francois at this time, when we are in Lent and approaching Easter weekend:

“Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”—[Official Report, 3 April 2019;
Vol. 657, c. 1217.]

As a Christian and former parliamentary churchwarden, I found it deeply offensive for that phrase to be used in the context of a debate on Brexit. I hope we can have a discussion about what is and is not appropriate to say in this House.