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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:40 pm on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip 6:40 pm, 24th March 2020

If Sir Edward Leigh wants to sit in the House of Lords, I am sure that will have been heard by those on the Treasury Bench. We know that one day, that ambition of his will be fulfilled—[Interruption.] Exactly—if he wanted to be on the sponsor body, he could have moved an amendment on that this evening. He could have divided the House, and who knows? With the attendance here, it might have even gone through on the voices to let him serve.

I join the Leader of the House in paying tribute to the Members who are leaving the shadow sponsor body—especially my hon. Friend Neil Gray—and I welcome those who are coming on to it. I know that my hon. Friend Tommy Sheppard, who cannot be here, is thrilled at the prospect of being part of this project and will, as the Scottish National party has always done, keep an incredibly sharp eye on the use of public funds and the opportunity that this must present to modernise and reform the practices and procedures of the House of Commons, however it meets.