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

Colin Clark: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray) who said so many things with which I agreed and so many things that made great sense. We are here discussing the Sewel convention because of Brexit and because of the SNP’s aim of separation. In 2016, the EU referendum was not a Scottish vote any more than it was a Yorkshire vote or a London vote; it was a UK...

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

Colin Clark: I remind the hon. Gentleman that this is the United Kingdom. We had an independence referendum. He and I are part of the United Kingdom. I want to protect the Union; he wants separation from it. Jim Sillars also said: “I cannot remember one hostile speech that could be construed as an outright attempt to trash Scotland’s constitutional position.” That is interesting, given...

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

Colin Clark: In the 2014 independence referendum, Scotland clearly said no. My predecessor, Alex Salmond, said that the referendum was a “once in a generation” event, and here we are. Which part of no do we not understand? I think that the problem clearly lies with the SNP. Are we defending the integrity of the UK and protecting the devolution settlement? Yes we are, because the Scots want...

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

Colin Clark: Will the right hon. Gentleman comment on the remarks of his party colleague, Jim Sillars, who lays the blame at Nicola Sturgeon’s feet for “displays of foolish hostility”? Is that not exactly what the right hon. Gentleman is doing? Does he not respect the fact that there are two Governments in Scotland and that the Scottish people elected two Governments? He must show that...

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

Colin Clark: Painful.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Colin Clark: I rise to support amendment (c) in lieu of Lords amendment 3, to which I added my name. Post-Brexit the UK must have maintenance of environmental principles. The amendment recognises that ongoing responsibility and looks to bolster the future environmental powers, and I appreciate that the Government recognise this. For decades the EU has levied fines, carried out investigations, and...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Economic Growth and Emissions (12 Jun 2018)

Colin Clark: What steps he is taking to support economic growth while decreasing emissions.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Economic Growth and Emissions (12 Jun 2018)

Colin Clark: The oil and gas industry plays an active role in protecting the environment and reducing emissions. Does the Minister share my shock that the shadow Chancellor advised Cambridge University to divest itself of oil and gas investments when that industry supports 300,000 jobs in the UK? Does she agree that the industry is playing its part, and that 300,000 UK jobs are worth protecting despite...

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

Colin Clark: The hon. Lady is citing specific statistics, so maybe she can answer two questions: why is employment so high; and why is the stock market at an ever-increasing level? How do those things reflect her argument about Brexit?

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

Colin Clark: The hon. Lady is making a powerful speech, but referendums hold a very strange place in the British constitution, because there is not really a constitutional position for them. Today’s debate is about the legitimacy of a referendum. The Liberal Democrats are Unionists, so does she agree with the Scottish National party that there should be another independence referendum in Scotland...

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

Colin Clark: On that point, will my hon. Friend give way?

Leaving the EU: Parliamentary Vote — [Ian Austin in the Chair] (11 Jun 2018)

Colin Clark: There was a 72% turnout in the 2016 referendum. At the last election, the Labour party and the Conservative party stood on manifestos that pledged to deliver Brexit. With regard to the Scottish question, Scotland decided to stay in the United Kingdom. Is the point not that there has been a democratic opportunity and a once-in-a-lifetime referendum—interestingly, the Scottish referendum...

Marks & Spencer (24 May 2018)

Colin Clark: I declare an interest as a former supplier to Marks & Spencer, and I am still involved in—but not paid by—the company that supplies Marks & Spencer. It is one of the most innovative retailers. It trains its staff, as other people have mentioned, and is a huge supporter of the British food industry. However, north-eastern Scotland has had to withstand 50% of the business...

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Private Members’ Bills: Money Resolutions (21 May 2018)

Colin Clark: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Nottingham North (Alex Norris), and I hope he does not include me as one of those “grizzled” old Members. I am a new Member, too, although, obviously, I am substantially older than he. I recently celebrated a birthday, but it was not my 50th, as some have suggested. I wish to applaud this UK Government for their willingness to engage...

Plastic Bottles and Coffee Cups (17 May 2018)

Colin Clark: The hon. Lady is making a powerful speech. I am also a member of the Environmental Audit Committee, and she is a wonderful campaigning Chair. It is a great honour to serve with her. The hon. Lady is talking about recycling, and I was recently at a circular economy discussion at which WasteAid said that 2 billion people lived without waste collection and that 3 billion lived without proper...

International Trade: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Colin Clark: I hope that the Secretary of State enjoyed his recent visit to Aberdeen, which is probably the most productive part of Scotland, let alone the United Kingdom. Does he agree that the oil and gas industry is a deserving recipient of the export finance that is boosting that valuable sector?

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (17 May 2018)

Colin Clark: What measures is the Minister taking to tackle the rise of anti-Semitism?

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Colin Clark: I am happy to follow the hon. Member for Glenrothes (Peter Grant) and I will unashamedly speak on many of the issues that he has mentioned. I reject the blatant attack by Opposition Members on the functioning of the Government. Today, we see an attempt to undermine our negotiations with the EU. The Opposition will use any means, including a Humble Address, to try to force the Government to...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Colin Clark: I will, unlike the hon. Member for Glenrothes.


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