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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 John Bercow John Bercow Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion Committee 10:31 am, 4th April 2019

Yes, that is absolutely fair and reasonable. I did not intervene at the time, as the hon. Gentleman will know. Mr Francois felt extremely strongly and expressed himself with force, and I respect the right hon. Gentleman’s sincerity and integrity—I make no bones about that; I do—but moderation in the use of language and the importance of trying to keep the temperature down can hardly be overstated. I think Mr Sheerman has served a useful purpose today, of which we can all take note.