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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:26 pm on 3rd July 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Conservative, Sutton Coldfield 4:26 pm, 3rd July 2019

The right hon. Gentleman and I have both worked on the general issue of whistleblowing. I pay tribute to his leadership on the matter, along with that of my hon. Friend Stephen Kerr, who I hope will catch your eye later, Mr Deputy Speaker.

The right hon. Gentleman is making some very good points, and we know two things. First, we know there is strong concern across the country about how whistleblowers are being treated. We see it in the west midlands, and he is articulating the point. Secondly, we know whistleblowers help to ensure proper accountability and transparency. In my view, the work that he and others are doing on whistleblowing has not received anything like the amplification it requires.