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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:15 pm on 25th April 2018.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Labour 6:15 pm, 25th April 2018

My Lords, I do not think it should go unremarked in this short debate, where there is a Northern Ireland connection, that in neither House of this Parliament are there any representatives of the nationalist community and yet, in this House, we have members of the DUP who never, ever give a view. They claim to represent the majority in Northern Ireland—the leader today has threatened the Prime Minister, if she deviates, with deselection—but, at the same time, there is something wrong with the debate, because we are not fully representative. Why do we have these people in this House who never give a view, and yet their views are important? I just think it is worth putting this on the record.