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Early Parliamentary General Election Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:30 pm on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down 4:30 pm, 29th October 2019

I am very grateful to the hon. Lady for allowing me to intervene. As she and I both serve on Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, she will be well aware that the essential legislation to compensate the victims in Northern Ireland of appalling historical institutional abuse began its progress through Westminster in the other place. If we were to dissolve on 6 November, she knows perfectly well that those victims of historical institutional abuse who have waited so patiently and with such dignity for so long will not be able to see that legislation pass through this House in time for them to have that compensation. How does she feel about supporting an early election and, in so doing, doing down the victims of historical institutional abuse?