Immigration

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:54 pm on 26th June 2019.

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Photo of Douglas Ross Douglas Ross Conservative, Moray 2:54 pm, 26th June 2019

It is a pleasure to contribute to this debate. I want to pick up on—[Interruption.] Stewart Hosie is scuttling away, but I am going to mention him in the next 30 seconds, so I ask him not to scuttle out too quickly. I would like to start, however, by praising Stuart C. McDonald for the way he introduced this debate and the measured and reasoned arguments he put forward. I may not always agree with what he says but, as a colleague on the Home Affairs Committee, I think he always raises extremely valid points and puts them across in a sensible manner and I appreciate the way he did that today. That may not have won him much praise from his colleagues, but it was worth saying.

Joanna Cherry mentioned how many people had contacted her over the immigration issue and many other matters. I remember that she even had to take to Twitter once because she could not do her shopping in Waitrose or M&S, I think, because of the volume of people who had been contacting her about the issue, but I gently say that at least some of the constituents she represents take a different view from her, so when their views are portrayed from this side of the Chamber I do not think they should be shouted down in the way they have been today by Members of the SNP.