Results 1–20 of 2407 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Pete Wishart

Grenfell Tower: Business of the House (19 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: I thank the Leader of the House for announcing the business for next week. Well, last night went well, didn’t it? What an anti-democratic shambles—an utter embarrassment for this House. Just when we thought this Government could not demonstrate more contempt for the democratic arrangements of the House, they have got into the lift and taken us down another couple of levels. I do...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: rose—

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. It is quite clear that the Government’s behaviour is bringing the working arrangements of the House into disrepute. A Minister is not going to come to the House to explain why they did not turn up to vote, but what can you do to help the House compel the Leader of the House to come to the House and make a statement about the...

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: I thank the Leader of the House for announcing the business for next week. Well, that was a successful conference recess for the right hon. Lady and her party! They have all returned full of peace, love and understanding, all united—well, the Brexiteers are all united against the Chancellor anyway. We desperately need an urgent debate about the consequences of a no-deal hard Brexit if...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: It is interesting that all that Theresa’s Scottish Tories ever do is to get on their feet and talk about the Scottish Parliament. In case it has evaded the hon. Gentleman’s attention, he was elected to serve in this House. As for the 2012 Act, a review is under way to examine hate crime legislation in response to the vote in the Scottish Parliament. That is how a minority...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: Here we go again: another return to Parliament and another attempt by the Government to play fast and loose with the democratic arrangements of the House. This is clearly becoming a pattern, and the nation is starting to get really concerned and anxious about their casual disregard of many parliamentary conventions and scrutiny. First, we had the horror of the grotesque Henry VIII powers in...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: I am really grateful to the hon. Gentleman for mentioning that point. I was going to come on to that, because it is really important to understand how minority Governments respond to defeats in Parliament. The right thing to do is what the Scottish Government do, which is to review, reflect and consult. Let me cite one issue as an example. We were defeated on fracking. What did we do? We did...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: I will tell the hon. and learned Lady what I think about the will of the people. I was elected just a couple of months ago—I won an election. The gentleman I beat in that election is now in the House of Lords as an unelected Scottish Office peer. That is how to reject democracy; that is how to play fast and loose with the will of people—rejected one minute and ennobled the next....

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: What would we have done without the contribution from the right hon. Gentleman? He does what he wants, as he always has done, and he should make sure he always does that in the future. I got a bit sidetracked there with the very interesting intervention from the right hon. Gentleman, but I want to come back to this notion of parliamentary sovereignty, which is something my friends on the...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: I will move on to Opposition day debates, because I know that is the intended topic of the debate. I do not really understand the Government’s position. Opposition days are a real feature of Parliament. I have been in the House for 16 years and I have always enjoyed Opposition day debates. There is always a bit of tension and there are always good speeches, and they tackle subjects that...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: I think we have heard enough from the right hon. Gentleman. He took up about 25 minutes of the available time so I shall move on, if he does not mind. We on the SNP Benches have a little experience of minority government: we are in our second parliamentary session as a minority Government. We had a minority Government with just two Members more than the second party, and now we are just two...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: I do not think the hon. Gentleman has been listening. I am not making any criticism of the Government—[Hon. Members: “Oh!”] I am not! I am trying to give them some advice about how to do things and I am trying to get their minority status into their head. I am trying to help them to deal with that, so I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman listened to what I have said. It...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Pete Wishart: She is not. That is good, and that is what we expected. All we needed to hear in this whole debate was the Leader of the House say to us, “Well, you know, we did that the first day because we thought we were playing a political game, but we’ll come back and we’ll vote on Opposition day motions.” We will get Opposition days; I would like to think that the Government...

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Pete Wishart: I thank the Leader of the House for announcing the business for when we return. This has been an absolute stinker of a week for the democratic arrangements of this House. First, there was the repeal Bill with its grotesque Henry VIII powers, then the manipulation of the Standing Committees of the House in the Government’s favour, and now the downgrading of Opposition day debates to...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Pete Wishart: Will the hon. and learned Lady tell us what the sainted Margaret Thatcher thought about that arrangement in the 1970s?

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Pete Wishart: So there we have it: “Great power grab 2”, the sequel, the return—“Then they came for our Committees.” This is an incredible, totally undemocratic power grab from a Government who do not command a majority in this House.

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Pete Wishart: I will make a little progress, and then give way to the hon. Gentleman. Not content with giving themselves unprecedented powers under the repeal Bill, the Government are now trying to manipulate the Committees of this House in their favour. The nation should be very worried about what is going on, because this Government are showing nothing other than contempt for democracy in their desire to...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Pete Wishart: I am almost grateful to the hon. Gentleman. Yes, the Government with their grubby £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist party have a confidence and supply arrangement on the Floor of the House; what they most definitely do not have is a majority on the Committees of this House, which are determined by the country and how the people voted. This minority Conservative Government have...

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Pete Wishart: I give way to the hon. Gentleman; how could I not?


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