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Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:22 pm on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Ian Blackford Ian Blackford SNP Westminster Leader 11:22 pm, 9th September 2019

It is a pleasure to follow Jeremy Lefroy, and I commend him for behaving with dignity in his speech tonight.

This is a crucial time for all of us, and it is a crucial time for all our constituents. Of course there are strong opinions, and there should be. Of course we should have robust debate. Frankly, I am utterly appalled and ashamed of what we have witnessed in the House this evening. [Interruption.] I can see Members laughing. We all have a sense of responsibility, and remember this: we had the death of an MP a few short years ago. Too many Members of this House are receiving death threats. Too many Members of this House are getting verbal abuse outside this place.

The leadership we show, how we all conduct ourselves in this place, is very important, and I appeal to everybody to show restraint, to act in a dignified manner and to show respect to each other. We owe that to all our constituents.