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Election of Speaker (23 Oct 2000)

Mr Jamie Cann: I beg to move, as an amendment to the Question, to leave out "Mr. Michael J. Martin" and insert instead thereof "Mr. John McWilliam". My hon. Friend the Member for Blaydon (Mr. McWilliam) became an MP in 1979. I arrived rather later, in 1992, and bumped into him almost immediately. He befriended me and became my mentor; he taught me all I know—not much, some would say, but he did his...

Defence White Paper (28 Feb 2000)

Mr Jamie Cann: Conservative Members have talked about capability. I believe that the strategic defence review and the White Paper have led to a capability that we have not had for many years, and certainly for two decades: the ability to be on the ground in brigades, serviced and covered by air, in two different theatres for six months at a time. The overstretch caused by Northern Ireland has prevented that...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (25 Jan 1999)

Mr Jamie Cann: My speech will be both briefer and less popular than most that I have heard tonight. Essentially, in the Bill we are being asked to accept by the gay lobby—by Outrage! of course, and by Stonewall in a more measured way—that homosexuality is equal in value to heterosexuality in our society. I do not believe that to be the case and, therefore, I cannot vote for the Bill and I shall tell the...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (25 Jan 1999)

Mr Jamie Cann: No, I will not give way as 1 only want to speak for five minutes. I am sure that my hon. Friend will get a chance to have his say. Homosexuals cannot have a normal—and I do not hesitate to use that word—family life with children. Equally importantly, homosexuality is dangerous to the males who practise it. I have heard what other hon. Members have said about the prevalence of AIDS among...

Orders of the Day — Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill (25 Jan 1999)

Mr Jamie Cann: It happens. Rimming, where one man licks out the rectum of another man, is not a practice that I would want my sons to get involved in; nor indeed is fisting, which is where one inserts the whole of one's fist and part of one's forearm up someone else's rectum. Those things happen. We have heard a lot of talk about love, compassion and toleration. It is time that we got a few facts into the...

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: indicated dissent

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: Nonsense.

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: We should at least try to get our facts right about this issue. Britain took over the governance of Cyprus in—I think—1878; it was certainly in the 1800s. At that time, Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots were intermingled in villages across the island. At the back end of the 1950s, a Greek Cypriot movement in Cyprus—EOKA—called for the island to become a sovereign part of Greece. At...

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: It is certainly not worse. Incidentally, I ought to mention—I apologise for not doing so before—that I am a friend of Turkish north Cyprus. I have also been to the south of the island—but that is another matter. What my hon. Friend has said is not correct. The vast majority of people who live in the Turkish republic of north Cyprus are Cypriots. It is a secular democratic republic on a...

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: My hon. Friend will know then that in shaking his head, he is very wrong.

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: It must be very recent. It is also a total nonsense, as anyone who has visited the place knows.

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: No; please let me make a little progress.

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: If I may, I shall continue making my argument. This country let down the Turkish Cypriots. The Turkish army moved in to protect the interests of the Turkish Cypriots, and since 1974, there has never been a solution that would have been acceptable to both Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Throughout those 24 or 25 years, all public opinion, and all the pressure in the press and from this place,...

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: No, I shall not. I am sure that my hon. Friend will have his own say. Turkey is a country of 70 million people. It is a buttress of NATO in the whole of that area, and has been a strong and good friend of this country. Turkish Cypriots have been strong and good friends of our soldiers, too, when Greek Cypriots were shooting them in the back in the name of EOKA. As well as the justice of the...

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: No, I will not. Would we be doing ourselves a favour if we brought in a divided Cyprus? No. Would we be doing the European Union or NATO a favour? No. The treaty that we left behind us laid down that Cyprus would be undivided, with bicameral government and a leadership split between the two communities. That has been abrogated for 25 years. Until we get back to that situation, we must...

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: I do not like the word "invaded". Turkey was one of the guarantor powers of the treaty of independence. Under that treaty, Turkey intervened in a military coup that was taking place in Cyprus and during which Turkish citizens were being massacred.

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: Madam Speaker, may I respond to the sedentary intervention of the hon. Member for North Thanet (Mr. Gale)?

Prayers: Cyprus (28 Oct 1998)

Mr Jamie Cann: Rubbish.


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