Former MP, North Wiltshire
I shall try to assist you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am encouraged in some way that three more hon. Members are present for this, my last speech in the House, than there were for my maiden speech 18 years ago. On the other hand, perhaps that is one of the reasons why I have decided to leave. This is the first debate on security in Northern Ireland in which I have participated, although I was...
I have many views on that subject, but the hon. Gentleman will have to wait for the publication of my book to discover them. I understand the Unionist opposition to political moves, but in the face of that opposition and problems with Sinn Fein in the council chamber, partnership and power sharing in Northern Ireland councils had increased from five to 17 councils by the early 1990s. The...
They were background points, Madam Deputy Speaker. My point is that, because we achieved those changes together, we were able to bring the men of violence towards our debate and away from their agenda of trying to secure change by revolutionary means. We discussed jobs and opportunities for Northern Ireland's long-term future. The situation has not changed altogether, even after the traumas...
Former MP for North Wiltshire
Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 8 April 1997 — General election
Also represented Chippenham
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