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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 14th June 2021.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 3:31 pm, 14th June 2021

Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Have you heard from the Prime Minister this afternoon, because I am astonished that he is not coming to the House to make this statement? I entirely join my hon. Friend Mr Bone in what he has said. It would have been perfectly possible for the Prime Minister to come to this Chamber at 3.30 and inform Parliament of what is going on. I quite understand that it is much easier for the Prime Minister to have a few patsy questions from Laura Kuenssberg and her colleagues than to sit here for a whole hour and be grilled by MPs, but are we a presidential system or are we the House of Commons? Who runs this country? Is it the media or is it the House of Commons? I repeat what my hon. Friend Mr Bone said: in future, we must make it clear that if there are any Government announcements, they are made here first, to the elected representatives of the people.