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Early parliamentary general election

Part of Early Parliamentary General Election Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:00 pm on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry Leader of the Independent Group for Change 8:00 pm, 29th October 2019

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. [Interruption.] I know that it is sometimes uncomfortable to speak truth to power. Mr Speaker, would it be in order to record that, in private, many of us have come to the conclusion that the majority of Back Benchers on both sides do not want a general election? As Liz Saville Roberts has said, fear, from whatever quarter it may come, will be an abiding thing that will come out of this Parliament, and history will record that. A lack of courage from too many is also a mark of the end of this Parliament. Would it also be in order to record that I know from the conversations that take place in private—as you understand, Mr Speaker—that it is undoubtedly a fact that the majority of Members of this Parliament support a people’s vote rather than a general election?