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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Parliamentary approval of the outcome of negotiations with the EU (20 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: I am grateful for the chance to take part in this debate. Once again, we will be hearing the siren voices of the hard-line no deal Brexiteers, of whom there are some in this place, claiming that they, and they alone, have a monopoly on respect for democracy, on respect for Parliament and on a patriotic love for their chosen country. They will demonstrate their regard for democracy by...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Parliamentary approval of the outcome of negotiations with the EU (20 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. The reason why some in this House are determined not to give Parliament a meaningful vote is that they are worried an overwhelming majority of parliamentarians on both sides of the House might vote against the cliff-edge scenario they have already plotted for us. But the real reason why some Government Members, and even one or two Opposition Members, are...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Parliamentary approval of the outcome of negotiations with the EU (20 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: These amendments contain no desire for Parliament to be involved in the negotiations, but we are being asked to believe there is no possibility that the negotiations will fail. That is what we are being asked to believe, except some of those who give us that promise are hoping the negotiations will fail, because some of them have already decided that they want to push for a no deal Brexit,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Parliamentary approval of the outcome of negotiations with the EU (20 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: My hon. Friend and constituency neighbour makes a valid point. In fact, it is worth remembering that the only reason we had a referendum was to bring the Tory party together. That worked out well, didn’t it? The reason why some Government Members get so hot under the collar about the danger of giving Parliament a meaningful vote is because, if the House approves something, rather than...

Written Answers — Treasury: Trident: Scotland (19 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions has he had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the relative fiscal multiplier of the trident weapons programme compared to other (a) army (b) navy and (c) air force expenditure in Scotland.

Written Answers — Treasury: Public Expenditure: Scotland (19 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many representations has he received from (a) business organisations and (b) trade unions on changes to the Scottish Government block grant since 2010; and how many of those representations have been sent a response.

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: I hear the right hon. Gentleman’s disgust at the idea that someone could walk out of the House of Commons in protest at a decision they feel strongly about. Can he tell us how many times he has been part of walkouts in the House of Commons?

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

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Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: When the right hon. Lady refers to a British culture, would it perhaps be more accurate to recognise that there is not such a thing as a British culture? There are lots and lots of British cultures. All of us are deeply attached to some of them. Nobody can be fully conversant with all of them and it is perhaps time to realise that all of our many cultures deserve equal treatment.

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: I really do not know how to follow that outstanding contribution from the right hon. Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy). When we remember where he has been earlier today and what he has had to put himself through over the past couple of days, we can see that it was an indescribably superb contribution. I hope Members will not expect me to reach anything like either the depth of knowledge or the...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his comment. The first place that made slavery illegal was actually Scotland, not England, but we will not argue about that.

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: None of our countries can be proud of the fact that slavery was there to be abolished in the first place. In fact, I said in a Westminster Hall debate not that long ago that although I was born just inside what is now the boundary of the great city of Glasgow and consider myself to be part Weegie—by birth if not by residence—and although I am intensely proud of a lot of what...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for correcting me on that point. Earlier speakers have mentioned some individuals who made an incalculable contribution to making London what it is, to making England what it is and to making the islands of Britain what they are. I want to mention someone who, in some ways, has nothing to do with Windrush, but whose story illustrates something quite important....

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: I knew there was something about the right hon. Gentleman that I just could not put my finger on; all is now revealed. He might well find that he has more Scots blood in him than I have, because the more I look back at my ancestry the more I discover that a lot of it is actually from Ireland—Northern Ireland, rather than the Republic. I am of immigrant descent. We all are. My ancestors...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: I am grateful for that intervention. My name is actually French—Norman—so my ancestors came over at some time along with the Norman conquerors and I have been trying to keep up with the tradition of upsetting the English ever since. That is not completely true, of course. The right hon. Member for Tottenham makes an interesting point. It is possible to tell a lot about...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: The great shame of the experience of the Windrush generation is that for far too many of them, assumptions were made about their legality or illegality based on nothing better than the colour of their skin or the accent with which they spoke, just as that ticket collector on the train made assumptions about the likelihood that the black guys were more likely to be dodging tickets than the...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: While it is true that one of the better legacies of empire is the diversity of our nations and cities, does the hon. Gentleman not accept that a place does not need to have been an imperial power? In certain parts of Canada, for example, the diversity and richness of cultures is at least as much as we find in a place like London, and it has never attempted to be a colonial power over anybody.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Grant: In his capacity as Scotland’s man in the Cabinet, the Secretary of State has been responsible for promises being made from the Dispatch Box on four occasions, and he has been responsible for those promises being broken on four occasions. In his capacity as the Cabinet’s person in Scotland, he has been responsible for a situation that the BBC has said can fairly be described as a...


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