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Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment (26 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: I gently say to the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex (Sir Bernard Jenkin) that it is not for any Member of this House to determine whether another Member can talk about their own grief and about how they feel in a certain circumstance and whether that should somehow not be allowed. The language that leaders use matters because it sets the tone for public debate. I am sure I am not...

Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment (26 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: indicated assent.

Prime Minister's Update (25 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: The Prime Minister is not serious; he needs to understand that actions have consequences. Even my five-year-old knows that if you do something wrong, you have to say sorry. If my son can apologise for kicking a football indoors, surely the Prime Minister can have the humility to say sorry—for misleading the Queen, misleading the country and illegally shutting down our democracy.

Prime Minister's Update (25 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I fear that the public watching today will perhaps take the view that this House does not take sufficiently seriously threats of violence. Earlier today, we had the Attorney General joke about wife beating. When asked whether they would bring forward the Domestic Abuse Bill now that Parliament has resumed, we had the Government dismiss those requests, and we...

Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2) ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: It is a delight to follow the right hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Sir Alan Duncan), who made a thoughtful contribution to this debate in this important time for Parliament, by stark contrast to the beginning of this debate, which I am afraid was not a very edifying spectacle for our constituents who are watching this, many of whom are worried about what is happening in our country...

Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2) ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: It is very clear that the Government should release that report, and they have been instructed to do so by this House. I want to scotch the myth that the Prime Minister is putting about that a no-deal Brexit is in some way an end to this whole Brexit issue. As Leo Varadkar made clear today, it would be a case of getting back to the negotiating table, as a no-deal Brexit is just the beginning...

Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2) ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: The hon. Gentleman cannot be surprised that the Liberal Democrats are a party that wishes to stop Brexit. In a general election, where we will stand to secure a Liberal Democrat majority, such a Liberal Democrat majority Government would indeed revoke article 50. He should not be surprised by that position; perhaps he should pay more attention. This Government and this Prime Minister have no...

Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2) ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: The hon. Gentleman might do well to pay rather more attention to his constituents in Cheltenham and what they would like to see happen. In answer to his point, of course Liberal Democrats want us to stay in the European Union, and we want people to have the ability to choose that option in a people’s vote. We have argued for—[Interruption.]

Early Parliamentary General Election (No. 2) ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I appreciate that others in the House would like the Liberal Democrats to be silenced, but that will not happen on my watch, because we are crystal clear on Brexit. We want to stop Brexit, and that is why thousands of people across the country are joining the Liberal Democrats, including MPs from both the Labour and the Conservative parties. Whether it is votes in this...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law) ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: It is astonishing that we are even having a debate about whether a Prime Minister is going to adhere to the rule of law. Let us just think about that for a minute or let it sink in. The Government have let the House of Commons be in genuine doubt about whether they will respect a law that has passed through this Chamber and the other place and received Royal Assent. We have a Prime Minister...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law) ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: That is absolute nonsense. As the right hon. Gentleman well knows, our views on Brexit differ intensely. I think that the EU, in good faith, is likely to respond positively to a request for a genuine extension, such as one for a people’s vote. Ultimately, it will be up to the House to decide, if a recommendation was made, that that should not be taken into law.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law) ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: I want to make some progress. If an extension were not granted and we were in the days running up to 31 October, there would be a choice to be made. I am very clear about the choice that I would make, and the choice that the Liberal Democrats would make. If we are on the verge of leaving the European Union without a deal, we should revoke article 50, and that is something that we have the...

Points of Order ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. I express thanks from those on the Liberal Democrat Benches for your decade of service in the Chair. Very often, to those outside, Parliament can appear stuffy and out of touch. Some of the initiatives that have come in on your watch, including the Wright reforms, with topical questions, and your willingness to grant urgent questions have meant that...

Written Answers — Home Office: Drugs: Organised Crime ( 9 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people involved in the criminal exploitation of vulnerable young people in county lines operations have been charged with modern slavery offences.

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

Jo Swinson: I want to say thank you to the MPs in different parts of the House who worked so hard on the Bill that we all passed tonight. It is that cross-party working—putting party interest to one side and putting the national interest first—that the country expects us to do. In particular, those colleagues on the Conservative Benches who have stuck to their principles and done what they think is...

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

Jo Swinson: It should be no surprise to the hon. Lady that the Liberal Democrats want to stop Brexit. We have been crystal clear on stopping Brexit. For all our different views in different parts of the House about that, I do not think that anyone can accuse us of not being straightforward about where we stand. On the negotiation, the Prime Minister—

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

Jo Swinson: I have already given way. On the terms of the negotiation, the Prime Minister says that he now cannot do this negotiation because we are taking no deal off the table, but we know that there are no serious negotiations anyway. The word “disingenuous” was used by the Father of the House, and I think that that is accurate. The Prime Minister has wanted the job he has for so long it has been...

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

Jo Swinson: I have given way. The Prime Minister has said that we will get a great deal. Well, now he has the job. That is the job: go and get a great deal. But he knows that he was just saying whatever came into his head to get the job. He knows he cannot a great deal because there is no such thing as a great Brexit deal, and he is scared of being found out.

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

Jo Swinson: I have already given way to somebody on the Government Benches. I am going to say what I have to say. The way I think that this is best resolved is by putting this issue to the people in a people’s vote to decide on a Brexit way forward. I do not believe there is a majority in this country for any specific type of Brexit deal. I am not even convinced there is a majority in the Conservative...

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements ( 4 Sep 2019)

Jo Swinson: The Prime Minister’s response to the hon. Member for Slough (Mr Dhesi) was appalling. An apology was required, rather than some kind of justification that there is ever any acceptable context for remarks such as the Prime Minister made in that column. He is the Prime Minister of our country. His words carry weight and he has to be more careful with what he says. My constituent Kristin is...


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