Former MP for Putney
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I echo the welcome given to the Bill by the hon. Member for Cardiff, South and Penarth (Mr. Michael) from the Labour Front Bench. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Minister on bringing it forward. The approach of those on both Front Benches to the Bill is a model of how Parliament should operate. On some subjects, deep and often embittered partisanship is inevitable. On others, hon....
I should like to develop my argument. I shall not take a long time. As the Minister so eloquently said, the problem with paedophilia is that so deep-seated is the paedophile's predilection that he is likely to think that society is wrong. How many of us remember trying to outlaw the Paedophile Information Exchange some years ago? In countries such as the Netherlands, these people are still...
I am glad that the hon. Member has mentioned that point. She was an indefatigable campaigner on these issues back in the 1980s when I was doing the job that my right hon. Friend the Minister is doing now. I welcome her further intervention. I found myself on television this morning discussing the case of Myra Hindley with someone who took the view that she should be released, and who...
Former MP for Putney
Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 8 April 1997 — General election
Also represented Wandsworth Putney
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