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Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Edward Leigh: Would it help Cabinet unity if they played Bananagrams?

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Edward Leigh: I intervened on our hon. Friend the Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) last Friday, saying that there are unintended consequences to consider. I made the point that if he gets his way, everybody, of whatever sex, will be able to marry anybody they like, or have a civil partnership with anybody they like. The only people who would not be able to have a civil partnership are...

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Edward Leigh: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) on a comprehensive and courageous speech, and for trying her best to solve what she described as one of the greatest epidemics facing our country. The strength of the epidemic and the misery that it causes seem to go beyond any solution that one could possibly dream up. In so many areas of Government, from the Ministry of...

Attorney General: Crimes against Older People: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Edward Leigh: What steps the CPS is taking to increase the rate of prosecution for crimes against older people.

Attorney General: Crimes against Older People: Prosecution Rates (8 Feb 2018)

Edward Leigh: We all have constituents and relatives, elderly people, who are the victims of telephone scams. This is a particularly horrible form of crime where people pretend to be banks and it causes acute distress. Often the police shuffle off responsibility to Action Fraud, so can we have real action on this and real resources committed to it?

Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Edward Leigh: I hope that my right hon. Friend will give me a nice answer, because I will be voting tonight as well. He knows that Lincolnshire police force has been historically very badly underfunded, and we are grateful to him for visiting Lincolnshire and taking an interest. What steps is he taking to improve the situation in Lincolnshire and support our excellent police and crime commissioner, Marc...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Edward Leigh: If the Bill makes progress, people will be able to get married to, or have a civil partnership with, anybody of any sex. I have been written to by two sisters—this is also a long-standing campaign of my own—about the burning injustice in this situation. The two sisters have lived together all their lives, but when one of them dies, the other one will have to move out of their home...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Edward Leigh: Does my hon. Friend recognise that it is an injustice for everyone apart from siblings to be able to have whatever legal relationship they want? I am not asking him to say now that he will include the matter in the Bill, but does he at least accept that this is a worthy cause, on which I have campaigned for many years?

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Edward Leigh: If there is to be a decant, it is vital for it to be as short as possible. On that, we are all agreed. I personally believe that the builders should work triple shifts and not do what builders traditionally do, which is to stay as long as possible. Is it my right hon. Friend’s opinion that, when we set up the legislation, only the MPs and peers on the sponsor body should vote, so that...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: I am also very fond of the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), but I do disagree with him on one fundamental. What the whole House is united about is our understanding that we need to get on with this job. That is why I have lived and breathed this issue with my hon. Friend the Member for North West Cambridgeshire (Mr Vara), who is sitting on the Front Bench, why we took the motion to...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: I cannot give way very often because the Speaker asked me not to speak for long, but I had better give way to my right hon. Friend.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: Could we imagine for a moment the United States Congress doing this, or the French National Assembly? This is actually on the table. [Interruption.] The United States Congress are building a replica Chamber? I think not.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: We are worried, and we are right to be worried, about the costs of the replica Chamber. It has been said to me that it may be necessary at times, if we carry on with this work—nobody is denying that we should proceed with it as fast as possible—that this Chamber may have to leave. I fear that if the replica Chamber is built, we will be out of the Palace of Westminster for up to...

Leaving the Eu: Implementation (29 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: Until recently, I had thought that The Beano was a rather silly boys’ magazine; I now understand that it refers to “Brexit in name only”. Will the Minister confirm that abiding by Brexit in name only is not Government policy, that we will not move modestly apart from Europe, that we are leaving the customs union, the single market and the European Union, and that we will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (18 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: I am grateful to the Chair of the Backbench Business Committee for awarding me and 19 other colleagues a debate on the restoration and renewal of Parliament on Thursday 1 February because this has now forced the issue and we are now going to have a good debate. Can the Leader of the House say more about that? If the second motion comes up for a vote because the first motion has not been...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Consequential, transitional, transitory and saving provision (17 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: The shadow Secretary of State said that this Bill is not fit for purpose, and I agree with him. It is not fit for purpose for staying in the EU, but it is fit for purpose for implementing the greatest festival of democracy that this country has ever known. In June 2016, 17 million of our citizens voted to leave the EU, and all this Government are doing is implementing that decision in a...

National Security Capability Review (15 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: Many of us are sympathetic with the Secretary of State in his battle royal with the Treasury—after all, we are down to our last 13 frigates and six destroyers—and think that we should be spending 3% of gross national product, not 2%, but how many of us will support the Treasury when, having achieved our aims and we do spend 3% of GNP on defence, we cut the budgets of other Departments?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Strategic Equality Objectives (15 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: Of course the armed forces should be welcoming and open to all, irrespective of their gender, race or sexuality, but is it not better to state this in general terms? After all, we are all part of a minority—as you have alluded to, Mr Speaker, I am part of many minorities in my views—and the armed forces should be representative of the whole nation.

Business of the House (11 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: As we know, the best way to get a good deal out of the EU is to make it clear to the EU that we are prepared for no deal, so when we debate the withdrawal Bill next week, will we have the Minister for hard Brexit in the Chamber, as we were promised before the reshuffle, so we can question him or her—and if not, why not?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iran (9 Jan 2018)

Edward Leigh: May we erect a new doctrine—perhaps we could call it the Johnson doctrine—that we have learned the lessons of our military interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria and never again will we attempt to use military force to remove unpleasant authoritarian regimes and replace them with disastrous totalitarian movements?


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