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Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I too am grateful to the Leader of the House for announcing that additional piece of business on Monday. I share deeply the concerns of the right hon. Member for Walsall South (Valerie Vaz) on these issues. What is happening to the Queen’s Speech? What will now happen to the debates and votes that were supposed to happen? We were supposed to...

Prime Minister’s Statement: European Union (Withdrawal) Acts (19 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. As there is just so much distrust of the Prime Minister and the signing of this letter, may I suggest, through your good offices, that this is done as publicly as possible? Now, the popular TV programme “Strictly Come Dancing” is on tonight, and I am pretty certain that Tess and Claudia would welcome the Prime Minister to the show and order that...

Prime Minister’s Statement (19 Oct 2019)

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Prime Minister’s Statement (19 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: I have a cheery disposition, Mr Speaker, but Scotland says we reject this—[Interruption.]

Prime Minister’s Statement (19 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: I am grateful, Mr Speaker. Scotland says today that we reject this rotten deal. We will be taken out of the European Union, which we value and cherish, against our national collective will, be deprived of the customs union and single market and be left at a competitive disadvantage to our friends in Northern Ireland. Is it not the case that Scotland can retain its EU membership only by...

Business of the House (Saturday 19 October) (17 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I think that the whole House is grateful for that ruling clarifying the issues relating to Saturday morning. I think that benefits us all and we now have a better idea of how events will transpire. The Scottish National party has no issue with the motion and we will not be opposing it. It is worth noting that this will be the first time the House will have sat...

Business of the House (17 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: I thank the Leader of the House for announcing—well, something, anyway, that it looks as though we will be doing next week. I, too, welcome the new Serjeant at Arms, Ugbana Oyet. I think that all of us on these Benches are looking forward very much to meeting him and working with him in the future. It was uncharacteristic of the Leader of the House not to announce today that he had secured...

Business Statement (15 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: I thank the Leader of the House for making this short statement this afternoon. It is disappointing that we are still in the realms of “surrender Act”. For goodness’ sake, let us try to see if we can improve the language used in this House. Using terms like that is singularly inappropriate and I believe it does not catch the mood of the House at all. The Leader of the House made his...

Business Statement (15 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am tempted to start from the very beginning of my remarks, because they have been met with such enthusiasm by colleagues across the Floor. Is it not ridiculous? All we are saying is give us a bit of certainty and Government Members are trying to shout me down. What an appalling thing to do. It just shows us how bad and febrile this House has become. It is a...

Us Tariffs: Scotch Whisky (7 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: I am surprised at the Minister’s tetchy and defensive response to the gentle questioning from my hon. Friend the Member for Argyll and Bute (Brendan O’Hara). All he was asking was how many meetings the Minister had had in the past five days since this was announced. His ill-mannered friend the Under-Secretary of State for International Trade, the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness...

Us Tariffs: Scotch Whisky (7 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: You’re the Minister!

No-Deal Brexit: Schedule of Tariffs (7 Oct 2019)

Pete Wishart: It is reckoned that a quarter of rural businesses may face bankruptcy if there is a no-deal Brexit and we see the expected tariff schedule. Dairy has now joined beef and lamb in expressing an existential threat. How many rural businesses does the Minister think will survive in my primarily rural constituency if we have a no deal?

Business of the House (25 Sep 2019)

Pete Wishart: I, too, congratulate you, Mr Speaker, on the stellar shift you have put in once again today. I think you must now have the most famous bladder in political history, given the time you have spent in that Chair. May I also share your congratulations and thanks to the staff who have been assembled at such short notice and have served us so diligently once again today? I thank the Leader of the...

Girls’ Education: Business of the House (5 Sep 2019)

Pete Wishart: I thank the Leader of the House, esquire, for announcing whatever this is supposed to be for next week, and say to him that if he is starting to feel a bit tired, he should just feel free to have a little lie down. But perhaps if he is going to do that, he should mention it to his hon. Friends the Members for Pudsey (Stuart Andrew) and for Horsham (Jeremy Quin) next to him. According to the...

Deferred Divisions: Early Parliamentary General Election (4 Sep 2019)

Pete Wishart: I do not know whether my right hon. Friend noted last night the lack of enthusiasm from Scottish Conservatives for an early general election. That might have something to do with the fact that they are now at 20% in the polls and due to be decimated. If they vote for this tonight, would they not be turkeys voting for Christmas? If Ruth Davidson cannot stomach the Prime Minister, why should...

Priorities for Government (25 Jul 2019)

Pete Wishart: Why does the Prime Minister think he is so unpopular in Scotland? Just by him being Prime Minister, support for independence for Scotland rises to 53%. Is it all this Eton schoolboy bluster and buffoonery, or is it because he is prepared to take our nation out of the European Union against its will on a no-deal Brexit?

Speaker’S Statement: Business of the House (25 Jul 2019)

Pete Wishart: I join you in your warm tributes to Paul Evans, Mr Speaker. I wish him all the best in his retirement. I thank our curious new Leader of the House for announcing the, well, meaningless stuff that we are coming back to in September. I warmly welcome him to his place. He is the fifth Leader of the House that I have had in this post, but it has to be said that he is by far the most exotic.

Speaker’S Statement: Business of the House (25 Jul 2019)

Pete Wishart: I did not mean to upset the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with that remark. It might be as well to point out that the hon. Gentleman is Leader of the House of Commons, not the House of Plantagenet or the House of Tudor. He will have, of course, a number of key responsibilities, prime among them being restoration and renewal—perhaps not a concept for which...

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No. 3) Bill [Lords]: Power to grant a lease in respect of land at Kew Gardens (24 Jul 2019)

Pete Wishart: It is great to be back once again in the English Parliament. It seems a bit similar to the UK Parliament that we usually use this building for, but it is fantastic to be here, because I now believe that the English Parliament is a treasured piece of our democratic infrastructure, where English Members of Parliament can secure debates on English-only issues. We so look forward to the many...

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