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Former Conservative MP for Maidstone and The Weald (11 Jun 1987 – 12 Apr 2010)


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Cystic Fibrosis: Prescription Charge Exemption — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (2 Feb 2022)

Paul Maynard: I beg to move, That this House has considered prescription charge exemption and cystic fibrosis. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma, and to open this debate on a matter that I know is of very great interest to a significant number of people in the country. I am very grateful to all those who have emailed me over the past few days since the debate was announced, not...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 129 (3 Nov 2021)

Lord Paddick: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Baronesses, Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb and Lady Chakrabarti, for their support for these amendments. I agree with the noble Lord, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, that the issue of drugs is very complex: it needs a complex approach and stop and search of this nature is not the way to go. When I suggested to the commissioner that we did not arrest people for...

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill (10 Jul 2019)

Sir David Amess: Embarrassingly, my right hon. Friend recognises that I am susceptible to flattery, but as I am on the Panel of Chairs, I do not think that I can also serve on the Committee, much as I would like to. Let me go back to the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act 1988. When my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford was a councillor in Basildon, we opened the horse and pony...

Petition - Closure of Heywood Crown Post Office: Parental Involvement in Teaching: Equality Act (25 Jun 2019)

Stephen Doughty: It is an honour and a privilege to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle), who made a very personal and passionate speech with which I wholeheartedly agree. I was sorry that we even had to come here today to take part in this debate. I listened carefully to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hall Green (Mr Godsiff). I listened to his apology. I am always more than ready to...

Wildlife Crime — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (20 Mar 2019)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate the hon. Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson) on his splendid speech, and on attracting so many colleagues to support his point of view. We could not have anyone better to chair proceedings than yourself, Mr Rosindell, given your track record on the issue. In the early years, when I was first elected to Parliament, only four or five colleagues on the Conservative...

Animal Welfare (30 Mar 2017)

Sir David Amess: What a relief it is that we are discussing something other than our leaving the European Union. I am absolutely sick to death of hearing about it—and we have another two years to go. The standard by which I judge civilisation is how we treat animals and animal welfare more generally. I have been involved in animal welfare matters ever since I entered the House, so I have heard many of the...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (18 May 2016)

Sir David Amess: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Belfast North (Mr Dodds) and I agreed with everything he said. The state opening of Parliament serves as a timely reminder to all of us of just how fortunate we are to have a monarchy, rather than a presidency, and how well we are served by Her Majesty the Queen. She is above party politics and we all rejoice in that fact. It also serves...

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st day] (27 May 2015)

Simon Burns: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows: Most Gracious Sovereign, We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in Parliament assembled, beg to leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of...

Backbench Business: Sale of Puppies and Kittens (4 Sep 2014)

Sir David Amess: As a member of the Backbench Business Committee I am pleased that we are debating this subject, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent South (Robert Flello) on his speech. I agreed with every word. In this country we have a wonderful record in animal welfare, in contrast with a number of other countries. If the Minister responds in a positive fashion to what he has heard this...

Business of the House: Parliamentary Representation (27 Feb 2014)

Edward Leigh: This has been a good debate and we all, even reactionaries like me, are desperate to have more women in Parliament. I am. I think women MPs are much more interesting in so many ways. Do we want legions of more young, grey, ambitious men in suits? No, we want more women. We are all united. But let me say a word of caution. We must move with society. We cannot impose structures and while we...

Business of the House: International Wildlife Crime (6 Feb 2014)

Sir David Amess: I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) on securing this debate and the Backbench Business Committee, of which I am a member, on its good sense in scheduling it. I agree with everything that my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham) said. I want to do everything that I can to protect wildlife in this country. Through the...

Succession to the Crown Bill — Third Reading (22 Apr 2013)

Lord Cormack: My Lords, I am grateful to those who have taken part in this brief but, I think, important debate. I listened with particular care to the speech of the right reverend Prelate and, of course, to what my noble and learned friend said. I believe that we have gone some distance in our three debates. We now have certain statements on the record that I believe are helpful to those of us who have...

Tributes to Baroness Thatcher (10 Apr 2013)

Conor Burns: Monday was the day we had all been dreading in recent months and years. Much has been written about the state of Lady Thatcher’s health in recent years. You will remember, Mr Speaker, only 18 months ago hosting her in your state rooms when she came to support me at an occasion that turned out to be one of her last visits to the Palace of Westminster. May I say, Mr Speaker, that she was...

Public Bill Committee: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill: Clause 2 - Marriage according to religious rites: no compulsion to solemnize etc (28 Feb 2013)

Tim Loughton: I rise to support this raft of amendments. In particular, I want to speak to amendments 31 and 33 and new clause 7. Before doing so, I ought to preface my comments, in view of the fact that the hon. Member for Rhondda has outed himself as an intolerant Widdecombe-o-phobe. I thought that was particularly insensitive to the Under Secretary, who is the successor to the saintly Ann Widdecombe who...

Charities Act 2011 (Amendment) (19 Dec 2012)

Peter Bone: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Charities Act 2011 to treat all religious institutions as charities; and for connected purposes. On Monday this week, I delivered a letter to the Prime Minister to No. 10 Downing street. It was signed by 113 right hon. and hon. Members, drawn from many different political parties. It urges the Government to restore the...

Burial Space (5 Sep 2012)

Sir David Amess: At the outset I would like to congratulate wholeheartedly the Under-Secretary of State for Justice, my hon. Friend the Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant), on her promotion. She of course followed my great friend Ann Widdecombe as Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald and I am absolutely delighted that she has been made a Minister. I have every confidence that when she...

Early-Day Motions (6 Feb 2012)

Graham Evans: I shall mention saving costs on printing by publishing online later in my speech, but my hon. Friend makes a good suggestion on how we should reform early-day motions and what we should call them, which should be considered along with other things. We should think about the future role of such a mechanism now that the Backbench Business Committee has been successfully established. The truth...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Firearms: Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group (10 Jan 2012)

Lord Henley: The composition of the Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group (HOFFWG) is as follows: Colin Greenwood, British Shooting Sports Council;Peter Taylor, Hertfordshire Police, Firearms Licensing Manager;David Penn, British Shooting Sports Council;Mike Eveleigh, British Association for Shooting and Conservation;Graham Widdecombe, Home Office; andAndy Arnell, Home Office. The group is working to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Oct 2011)

David Cameron: Ann Widdecombe is often right—not always right, but often right. The right hon. Gentleman makes an important point. The way we judge our aid decisions is to look at human rights across the piece. That means how people are treating Christians and also the appalling behaviour of some African countries towards people who are gay.

Backbench Business — [34th Allotted Day]: National Referendum on the European Union (24 Oct 2011)

Kelvin Hopkins: When I made my maiden speech, Ann Widdecombe had spoken just before me and she got a cheer. At the time, I said to myself, under my breath, “Follow that!” I am afraid that I shall have to do the same thing now. The hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) mentioned red herrings several times. I am afraid that there are rather too few herrings around our shores on account of the...


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