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Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Gordon Brown: I wish to start by thanking all those who have helped me during my time as a Member of Parliament. I thank you, Mr Speaker, for your stewardship of this House, your dedication to our parliamentary democracy and your unfailing courtesy to all sides, even when provoked. It is customary, of course, for the new Speaker to give up his previous party when he becomes Speaker. You, of course, had...

Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Gordon Brown: I have spoken today about what endures beyond anyone’s time in office and I want to leave here as I came here, with an unquenchable faith in the future—the future of a country that we can build and share together, a future in which we help shape the world beyond our shores, and a future in which we always demand the best of ourselves. That is a future worth fighting for.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: South Sudan (25 Mar 2015)

Gordon Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to leaders in South Sudan on the recent abduction of children from a school in Malakal.

Trading Relationships with Europe (10 Mar 2015)

Gordon Brown: Across each generation during the long march of our country’s history, we the British people have always had to choose how we engage with the world. In particular, we have had to decide, century by century, how and on what terms we engage with our nearest neighbours in Europe. This generation is no exception. I acknowledge the current strength of anti-European sentiment in the country...

Trading Relationships with Europe (10 Mar 2015)

Gordon Brown: My view is that the hon. Gentleman does not speak for many Conservative Members, some of whom are present, and he should accept that Britain is linked geographically, historically, economically and culturally, as set out in the Bruges speech, to the rest of the continent. We cannot meet and master the challenges of the future for a country like ours unless we accept that co-operation was...

Trading Relationships with Europe (10 Mar 2015)

Gordon Brown: I have given way once, and I have to get through this. There is no doubt that millions of our fellow citizens now feel more insecure than ever because of the bewildering pace and destructiveness of what seems to them to be an out-of-control and uncontrollable global economy. They are looking for someone or something to shelter, insulate, protect and cushion them from these bewildering and...

Scottish Representation in the Union (4 Feb 2015)

Gordon Brown: I asked for this debate on the constitution this evening because in the run-up to the election, when other issues—the national health service, the economy, national security and defence—will clearly be pre-eminent considerations, it is doubtful whether there is any other way over the next two months that this House can give detailed consideration to a set of constitutional...

Scottish Representation in the Union (4 Feb 2015)

Gordon Brown: I will give way after this. I have to ask Government Members this: can you imagine Scotland, or possibly Wales and Northern Ireland, being enthusiastic about sending MPs to this place indefinitely if they have to withdraw when the real vote on the Budget—the consent vote, or the veto motion—is being taken on this central economic legislation once a year: income tax rates in the...

Scottish Representation in the Union (4 Feb 2015)

Gordon Brown: I will finish the history and then I will let the hon. Gentleman intervene. When, in 1972, the Kilbrandon royal commission again considered English votes for English laws, it concluded: “in our view, therefore, all Members of Parliament, whether or not they come from regions with their own legislative assemblies, must have the same rights of participation in the business of the House of...

Scottish Representation in the Union (4 Feb 2015)

Gordon Brown: Professor Bogdanor has argued that while “English votes for English laws seems at first sight a logical response to the English Question…it is in fact incoherent…a bifurcated government is a logical absurdity. A government must be collectively responsible to parliament for all the policies that come before it, not just a selection of them.” The reality is that EVEL,...

Scottish Representation in the Union (4 Feb 2015)

Gordon Brown: I will give way in a minute—[Laughter.] I am setting out my argument, and the hon. Gentleman will have to refute it. I have said nothing yet about the obvious technical problems of English votes for English laws.

Scottish Representation in the Union (4 Feb 2015)

Gordon Brown: I will give way to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr MacNeil).

Scottish Representation in the Union (4 Feb 2015)

Gordon Brown: The hon. Gentleman has got it wrong again. His colleague the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) was wrong to shout earlier that the majority of Scottish people wanted independence. The majority of Scottish people were clear that they did not want independence, and the sooner the SNP realises that it does not have a majority for that position the better.

Scottish Representation in the Union (4 Feb 2015)

Gordon Brown: I have already proposed an English committee system that the hon. Gentleman should accept. He is forgetting the lessons of every other country in the world that is trying to hold together minorities in different parts of the country. They have to find a way of respecting the rights of minorities while upholding the majority. Nothing in yesterday’s EVEL proposals answered those problems....

Scottish Representation in the Union (4 Feb 2015)

Gordon Brown: I am going to finish. There is a myth that the Union can survive this new polarisation between Scotland and England. The myth is that it is held together by bonds that are of such long standing that they can overcome what may be seen as a local difficulty. I say to the House, however, that what may have been true in the aftermath of the second world war and its shared sacrifice has given way...

Uk Government: Scotland (16 Oct 2014)

Gordon Brown: I have a petition to present to the House—signed by 120,000 people in Scotland, yes voters and no voters in the referendum alike—which shows that people are determined that the vow made by all the three main party leaders on the Tuesday before the referendum is kept. It was organised by 38 Degrees, whom I congratulate on its initiative. Its preamble regrets, and indeed opposes,...

Uk Government: Scotland (16 Oct 2014)

Gordon Brown: England makes up 84% of the Union. Scotland makes up 8%, Wales 5% and Northern Ireland 3%. When that is translated into Members of Parliament, the 533 English Members can outvote the 117 parliamentarians from the rest of the UK at any time and routinely if they choose. The English predominance is so great that every generation has had to balance the power of the majority to impose its will...

Uk Government: Scotland (16 Oct 2014)

Gordon Brown: I should not have given way to the hon. Gentleman as he has not read what the Prime Minister and the leader of the Liberal Democrats said, as well as the leader of the Labour party. It was not me who committed us to the Barnett formula; it was them. The Barnett formula exists to allocate resources according to need across the whole United Kingdom. Let us be clear—this is the issue at...


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