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Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman, my neighbour, for giving way—[Interruption.] He is from south Perthshire; he is my neighbour when it comes to these things. There is very little of what he says that we would ever disagree with or dispute, and in fact, we would probably very much endorse nearly everything he says. However, why does he feel that we need a political Union between...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: It seems a curious pleasure to be speaking in this debate this evening. Just when we thought the House was going to adjourn early for the summer recess to assist a beleaguered Prime Minister, we find ourselves here, debating the Union. With the UK facing an unprecedented crisis, with a rudderless Government, a leadership in crisis and a divided party about to face the Brexit precipice, the...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: I will tell the hon. Gentleman what we will do: we will try to help him out with the issue about strengthening the Union. You know me, Madam Deputy Speaker; I try as much as possible to be helpful in these debates. Let us see how helpful it might be to the hon. Gentleman to look at a whole range of issues just now and see whether he would put them into the “Strengthening the...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: The people of Scotland are watching, and what they are observing is something that they do not particularly like. Sometimes I wish the cameras would swing around when Scottish Conservative Members are at the height of their heckling and shouting, just so the Scottish public could see how they behave in this Parliament, but let us get back to the debate. Let us look at a number of issues and...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: Yes, Madam Deputy Speaker. Let us look at where we are when it comes to Brexit. On the Brexit “madcon” scale, we are now at madcon 10. A no-deal Brexit has now moved up from being possible to being likely. What does that mean for Scotland? According to a range of civil servants from right across Whitehall, the port of Dover will collapse on day one as Kent and the whole of the...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: I have never said anything about no powers coming back to the UK. The point is that the powers that should rightly reside in the right hon. Gentleman’s Parliament and in my Parliament have been grabbed by the UK Government, and they will now be resting in Westminster, not in our devolved Assemblies. This is really important because our Parliaments—the right hon. Gentleman’s...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: I do not have time to take any more interventions. I ask the Scottish Conservative MPs—I may give way to one or two of them later—whether they are helping to strengthen or to weaken the Union in this Parliament. They came down here with 29% of the vote—the “Ruth Davidson opposes a second referendum” party did relatively well in Scotland—but they have lost...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: We have just noticed that the Government Front-Bench spokesperson has scuttled out of the Chamber without listening to all of the Front-Bench speakers in this debate. It was the Government who called this debate. They could have called it on anything else, but they chose to focus on strengthening the Union. We now no longer have a Front-Bench spokesperson to listen to the Front-Bench...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: This debate is about the Union and the constitution. I thought that Labour’s great innovation was a UK-wide constitutional convention, where Scotland will be a federal part of a new arrangement. Is that still Labour’s policy, and if so, could the hon. Lady talk a little bit about it?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: The Minister has very conveniently skipped over Brexit. Over the weekend we learned that a no deal Brexit is now likely. For Scotland that could mean conditions akin to a state of emergency, with “Protect and Survive”-type leaflets being given to families and businesses. How does that help to strengthen her Union?

Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty: Pairing (23 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: The whole issue of this pairing arrangement stinks to high heaven, and we still have not had an acceptable explanation as to why the right hon. Member for Great Yarmouth (Brandon Lewis) observed some whipping arrangements but not others on much more critical votes. The Chief Whip needs to come to this House to explain himself fully because, with all due respect to the Minister, all we are...

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller), who chairs the Women and Equalities Committee, and I look forward to the publication of her report next week. I think that it will make a useful contribution to the general debate that we are having about these issues in the House. Let me start by thanking the Leader of the House for her opening contribution, and...

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: In all honesty and candour, I would not be happy with that, but we are trying to secure that the starting point is confidentiality for the people who come forward. There are compromises and things that are uncomfortable and unsatisfactory, and perhaps in the six-month review—this is a request to the Leader of the House—we can start to look at this again. I understand totally both...

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: Again, I do not disagree with anything the hon. Lady says. That is why I am torn between both positions. I accept the need for consistency to ensure that confidentiality is at the heart of what we do, and I also want to deal with the issues the hon. Lady raises.

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: I have no issue with the Leader of the House on that; I accept that she has tried to do that, and I think we have all been trying to do so, but unfortunately we are at a point where there are disagreements among those of us who have been involved in this report, and we now see the amendment of the right hon. Member for Rother Valley and hear the concerns of the Standards Committee. I still...

Royal Assent: Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (19 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: That is a very helpful intervention, and perhaps the Leader of the House will confirm in summing up that this will be at the heart of the six-month review. Out of all the issues we have had to look at, this has been the most controversial and the most debated. If she can give an assurance to those of us in the group who are conflicted about this, that would go some way to assuaging my...

Esa Underpayments: Business of the House (19 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: I thank the Leader of the House for announcing the business for next week. Usually, when I get on my feet on a Thursday morning, I gently chide the Leader of the House about the performance of her Government this week. There might be the occasional rhetorical flourish, an over-emphasis here and there perhaps, or even a bit of exaggeration to help to fully describe the current predicament....

Esa Underpayments: Business of the House (19 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: Blessed are the beekeepers. [Laughter.]

Proxy Voting (18 Jul 2018)

Pete Wishart: What happened last night was nothing short of appalling and underlines why the Scottish National party will have nothing whatsoever to do with these antiquated pairing arrangements. Pairing relies on trust and I am sorry, but we are absolutely right not to place our trust in Government Members. We have to ask how it was right that the right hon. Member for Great Yarmouth (Brandon Lewis)...


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