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Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

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Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

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Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I will not have that. The armed forces look to this place to get this right—the hon. Gentleman is correct on that—but they expect and deserve a better standard than the comment he has just made. I know he is new, but I like him and I just ask him to withdraw it. Please withdraw it.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I will not have that. The armed forces look to this place to get this right—the hon. Gentleman is correct on that—but they expect and deserve a better standard than the comment he has just made. I know he is new, but I like him and I just ask him to withdraw it. Please withdraw it.

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: Does the right hon. Member not agree that it diminishes the Government’s standing when they come to the House and cast to one side all these concerns from experts such as those he mentions, when there probably is a reasonable Bill that the House could gather around?

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: Does the right hon. Member not agree that it diminishes the Government’s standing when they come to the House and cast to one side all these concerns from experts such as those he mentions, when there probably is a reasonable Bill that the House could gather around?

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I, like others, pay tribute to the armed forces, not least for the work they have done during the coronavirus crisis, particularly in erecting the extraordinary construction of the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in my own home city of Glasgow. I know they have done much in Members’ constituencies all across the UK, and I am sure we will expect more of them in the times to come. I acknowledge at...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: The right hon. Gentleman is correct, so I do not need to expand on that. I am conscious of your points about time, Madam Deputy Speaker, but he is correct in what he says. I want to go through some of the senior military, legal and political opinion that has come out against the Bill. I can accept that Conservative Members, probably those on the Front Bench, think that the Opposition—if not...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I do not believe that anything I read out is what he has withdrawn, however. If I am wrong on that, I am happy to be corrected. I thought I was going to be told that he was indeed a lentil-munching Guardian reader, but clearly not. To come to how the Government are approaching this, I have listened to many of the sedentary chunterings that have come from the Treasury Bench this afternoon, and...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I will once I have completed my peroration. Scrap the Bill and let us have a discussion about the way in which the Ministry of Defence investigates these things internally. I am more than happy to engage in that discussion with the Minister and with the Secretary of State, but to ask us to vote for a Bill so roundly condemned by senior legal, military and political opinion is something that...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I have not disputed any of those things. I am willing to have that conversation, but the Secretary of State has introduced a Bill that is so egregious he makes it impossible for me to support it. Look, he has his majority so he will get it through in whatever form he wants, but if he wants to have, as we often do in defence discussions in this Parliament, a degree of consensus that most...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: That is because I know what I am doing, Madam Deputy Speaker, as you well know. Let me say this to the Minister for Defence People and Veterans. We always try to find the maximum consensus, but I rather suspect that we just cannot agree on this Bill. He is not willing to change it to the degree I would like to see it changed, which in essence would mean scrapping it and letting the review...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: My hon. and learned Friend is absolutely correct in saying that. I would go further and say that actually, in terms of the whole scope of the Bill and how it protects the Ministry of Defence from claims coming from members of the armed forces themselves, as brilliantly illustrated by the shadow Secretary of State in his speech earlier, it is not welcomed by those people who need protection....

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I, like others, pay tribute to the armed forces, not least for the work they have done during the coronavirus crisis, particularly in erecting the extraordinary construction of the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in my own home city of Glasgow. I know they have done much in Members’ constituencies all across the UK, and I am sure we will expect more of them in the times to come. I acknowledge at...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: The right hon. Gentleman is correct, so I do not need to expand on that. I am conscious of your points about time, Madam Deputy Speaker, but he is correct in what he says. I want to go through some of the senior military, legal and political opinion that has come out against the Bill. I can accept that Conservative Members, probably those on the Front Bench, think that the Opposition—if not...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I do not believe that anything I read out is what he has withdrawn, however. If I am wrong on that, I am happy to be corrected. I thought I was going to be told that he was indeed a lentil-munching Guardian reader, but clearly not. To come to how the Government are approaching this, I have listened to many of the sedentary chunterings that have come from the Treasury Bench this afternoon, and...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I will once I have completed my peroration. Scrap the Bill and let us have a discussion about the way in which the Ministry of Defence investigates these things internally. I am more than happy to engage in that discussion with the Minister and with the Secretary of State, but to ask us to vote for a Bill so roundly condemned by senior legal, military and political opinion is something that...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: I have not disputed any of those things. I am willing to have that conversation, but the Secretary of State has introduced a Bill that is so egregious he makes it impossible for me to support it. Look, he has his majority so he will get it through in whatever form he wants, but if he wants to have, as we often do in defence discussions in this Parliament, a degree of consensus that most...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: That is because I know what I am doing, Madam Deputy Speaker, as you well know. Let me say this to the Minister for Defence People and Veterans. We always try to find the maximum consensus, but I rather suspect that we just cannot agree on this Bill. He is not willing to change it to the degree I would like to see it changed, which in essence would mean scrapping it and letting the review...

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel And Veterans) Bill (23 Sep 2020)

Stewart McDonald: My hon. and learned Friend is absolutely correct in saying that. I would go further and say that actually, in terms of the whole scope of the Bill and how it protects the Ministry of Defence from claims coming from members of the armed forces themselves, as brilliantly illustrated by the shadow Secretary of State in his speech earlier, it is not welcomed by those people who need protection....


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