Prorogation (Disclosure of Communications)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:35 pm on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Conservative, North Shropshire 6:35 pm, 9th September 2019

I will be extremely brief, Mr Speaker, as I came to the debate with no intention of speaking. I just want to make the point that Joanna Cherry talks about “secrets” and “poison”. We are naming nine individuals here, some of whom have never worked for the Government before, and some of whom have been working as special advisers for only a week or 10 days. Bluntly, this whole debate offends my sense of fairness. We have a long tradition that people are innocent until proven guilty, yet the hon. and learned Lady assumes instant guilt on the part of these people. We all know that there are probably two names that she would love to flush out, but there are other individuals listed here. Members should just think about this, because these are junior people who have not worked for the Government for very long.