Mr John Patten

Former MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

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Recent appearances

  • New clause 9: Statement of Conscientious Objection 17 Jun 1996

    I support my hon. Friends the Members for Birmingham, Edgbaston (Dame J. Knight) and for Gainsborough and Horncastle (Mr. Leigh). It strikes me as political correctness gone mad to seek to deny people, man or woman—in a society in which they have the freedom to do almost anything else they like—the freedom to put in their marriage contract that which my hon. Friend the Member for...
  • New clause 9: Statement of Conscientious Objection 17 Jun 1996

    No; I am coming to the end of my speech. We have heard some frightening words. I do not want to terrify my hon. Friend the Minister too much, because he knows that he has my strong personal support, but we have heard many terrifying words today from the hon. Member for Brent, South (Mr. Boateng) about how, unless he gets this, that and the other, he will lead his troops into the Lobby...
  • New clause 13: Provision of Marriage Counselling 17 Jun 1996

    I congratulate my hon. Friend the Minister on tabling the new clause and related amendments. He has certainly hit the ground running since he assumed his new responsibilities. I listened carefully to the hon. Member for Brent, South (Mr. Boateng), who asked where the resources are to come from, which is a proper question to ask. I also listened carefully to my hon. Friend the Member for...

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Former MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 8 April 1997 — General election

Also represented Oxford

Future MPs in this constituency

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