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Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

David Drew: So why did the Conservatives take us into the Common Market in the first place?

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

David Drew: History repeats itself.

Brexit Deal: Referendum — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (11 Dec 2017)

David Drew: I previously supported the referendum. It was the worst time in British politics that I have ever known, and some of us have been involved in British politics for rather a long time. Given that there is every danger that the debate could get worse rather than better, what safeguards would my hon. Friend put in place to ensure that any referendum at least tries to reach a higher level of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Future Trade Agreements: Agriculture (7 Dec 2017)

David Drew: Is there anyone, other than the Secretary of State and the Legatum Institute, who thinks that a free trade deal with Trump’s America would be good for British farming and the UK food chain?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Marriage Certificates: Equal Registration (7 Dec 2017)

David Drew: It is good to hear what the right hon. Lady has to say. Will she also talk to the Church about making it easier for people to get married in church and, indeed, to have their children baptised? That would be real equality.

Delegated Legislation (Committees): Social Homes for Rent (6 Dec 2017)

David Drew: Does the hon. Lady agree that one of the problems with the way in which the Government currently deal with authorities such as mine in Stroud that actually own the stock is that there is an artificial cap on borrowing and, worse, for every house sold 70% still goes back to the Treasury? That cannot be fair, can it?

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin). It was also interesting to hear the contribution from my neighbour the right hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper)—we wave at one another across the River Severn. It is interesting and somewhat ironic that both the colleagues of the right hon. Gentleman who have spoken did not seem to agree with...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: I will give way briefly; we have lots of people waiting to speak.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: As someone who has stood in seven parliamentary elections and knows his area rather better than the hon. Gentleman, I will take that as a slight rather than a positive intervention. Location matters. It matters because geography matters, ties to an area matter, local authority representation matters, and the relationship with other constituencies matters. I could not represent any other area....

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: I will not give way now, because other people want to speak. I would rather that the people in the district also have a relationship to the constituency. If that means that I have more electors, then so be it. That can be reflected in terms of some additional help with case work and so on. It is important that we tie these relationships together, and anything that undermines them is a bad thing.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: Very briefly.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: The honest answer is no. When I talk to colleagues who represent urban constituencies, it is clear that their casework, which consists of much more on the immigration front than mine would, will take them an awful lot longer than I would spend on many of the cases that I have to deal with. That does not mean that I end up with an easier road; I just think it is very important that we...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: No, I will not give way any more. I want to bring my remarks to a speedy conclusion because it is important that this Bill is given proper air time. I could argue on the point about the 10% variance, but, more than anything, it is important that we have a proper debate on the appropriate numbers. We have heard the arguments about the Executive versus Back Benchers. We should also, as I said,...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: That’s democracy.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: You finished them off.

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill (1 Dec 2017)

David Drew: Does my hon. Friend accept what the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee said in 2015: if the Government of the day got their way—this Government are trying again—it would break all locational links and completely undermine the representational basis of this House? That would be a very sad day.

Dark Sky Status (Cornwall) (29 Nov 2017)

David Drew: May I say again what a pleasure it is to serve under your excellent chairmanship, Mr Sharma, and how fair of you it was to call the hon. Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Bill Grant)? I am delighted to take part in this debate. I welcome the way the hon. Member for South East Cornwall (Mrs Murray) led it, and I congratulate the hon. Member for St Ives (Derek Thomas) on his contribution....


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