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Leaving the EU (21 Jan 2019)

Jeremy Corbyn: ...backstop. What is the difference between legal assurances and concessions? What makes her think that what she tried to renegotiate in December will succeed in January? This really does feel like groundhog day. The first thing the Prime Minister must do is recognise the clear majority in this House against leaving without a deal. She must rule out no deal and stop the colossal waste of...

Leaving the EU: European Union (Withdrawal) Act (14 Jan 2019)

Sheryll Murray: ...Opposition Members might like to know that some of them are lifelong Labour supporters. One emailed me to say: “I implore you to vote against the current deal being presented to Parliament on Tuesday. Voting for it would be a betrayal of all the promises made”. The vote was not a mandate for a second referendum. It was not a mandate for delaying article 50. It was not a mandate for...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (2nd Day) (10 Jan 2019)

Lord Strathclyde: —after we leave the European Union, I would have been appalled. May the United Kingdom continue to prosper. Yet here we are. It is Groundhog Day. As for the debates we had yesterday and in December, I cannot help observing that, fascinating and excellent though the individual speeches may have been, we are often good at pointing out the problems but, with very few exceptions, we do not...

EU Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Changes (7 Jan 2019)

Caroline Lucas: Once again, a representative of the Government has come here to make a nebulous statement that can be summed up in three words: nothing has changed. It is groundhog day again. We have heard nothing new, and the only difference is that there are now only 81 days before we risk crashing out of the EU. Will the Secretary of State stop playing chicken? Will he show a bit of leadership and hold...

Privileges and Conduct Committee - Motion to Agree (17 Dec 2018)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: My Lords, I was at the debate last month. I do not know if any of your noble Lordships have seen “Groundhog Day”, but this has similarities. We are going over the same ground again. I should like to make two points. First, I support the Committee for Privileges and Conduct. Its robust response to the November’s debate was superb. I was furious during the debate; I walked out at one...

NHS Reorganisation — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (12 Dec 2018)

Siobhain McDonagh: ..., Mr Gapes; I love saying that, particularly to our current Chair. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington South (Faisal Rashid) for securing this important debate. I am here today to put on record the wild west of the NHS in south-west London, which will be well known to the Minister. It is a branch of the NHS that has spent the past two decades desperately trying to close the...

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

John Redwood: ...this Parliament rose to the challenge, instead of falling at every opportunity, and high time we did something positive for our constituents, instead of moaning and grumbling and spending every day—groundhog day—complaining about the vote of the British people.

Scottish Parliament: Autistic Children’s Experiences of School (4 Dec 2018)

Angela Constance: ...is hugely disruptive and damaging to children’s wellbeing and it adds to that sense of rejection and exclusion. The report quotes a parent who said: “I had to come and pick him up every day at 12” and “it was like that for seven years.” That testimony screamed to me that the boy had no package of support or the wrong level of support, or that he was in the wrong school. Unlike...

Leaving the EU: Legal Services (21 Nov 2018)

Gavin Newlands: ...), because he is wise and rarely wrong, and he was right again, particularly when he brought up the potential position of family courts post Brexit. He also mentioned that the discussion is akin to groundhog day, which I am pleased to tell him is on my birthday, so I look forward to a nice bottle of malt from him.

Brexit: Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (20 Nov 2018)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: ...heed the objectives outlined by the Opposition. This House will not need reminding that 28 years ago today, Mrs Thatcher lacked sufficient votes to defeat her challenger. Of course, that was in the days when assassins knew how to be assassins; judging from last night, perhaps the DUP MPs still do. We look forward particularly to the maiden speech of the noble Lord, Lord McCrea, later this...

Synthetic Cannabinoids: Reclassification — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (6 Nov 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: ...profile of the issue because it exists throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. Pushing it away instead of discussing it will never do anybody any good. It is clear from hon. Members’ speeches today that we agree more than we disagree, but it is turning into groundhog day. We have had this conversation before. We agree that there is no silver bullet, that these drugs cause enormous...

School Funding — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (24 Oct 2018)

Layla Moran: ...eyes the funding pressures on schools. I absolutely agree with the examples given by the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) and thank him for his helpful contribution to today’s debate. The point is that these are not theoretical cuts, which could happen. We sometimes look at the headline figures and forget the effect that they have on the frontline. I also very...

EU Exit Negotiations (15 Oct 2018)

Jeremy Corbyn: I thank the Prime Minister for an advance copy of her statement. This really is beginning to feel like groundhog day—another “nothing has changed” moment from this shambles of a Government. Almost two and a half years after the referendum, 18 months since the triggering of article 50 and with less than six months to go, what do we have to show for all that? Yesterday we saw another...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (11 Oct 2018)

Chris Grayling: This is a bit of a groundhog day, because every time we hear SNP Members talking about the finances of Scotland, if Barnett works in their favour, they are happy to say that they insist on having Barnett, but if they want more than that, they say Barnett is not good enough. They cannot have it both ways.

Government Overseas Aid Commitment: Private Investment: EU Exit Negotiations (9 Oct 2018)

Keir Starmer: ...Minister was negotiating in Salzburg, the Secretary of State was busy writing gimmicky letters to me about Labour policy. The image of the Secretary of State writing gimmicky letters on the very day of the Salzburg negotiations speaks absolutely for itself. It would also have been better if today’s statement contained details of substantive progress. Instead, it is like groundhog day. We...

Non-EEA Visas: Inshore Fishing — [Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)

Angus MacNeil: ..., inform them—whatever. We get the promise of jam tomorrow, and before we know what is happening, they have been promoted, sacked, moved on or whatever and we are dealing with another one. It is groundhog day on this issue with each and every different Immigration Minister; and in a few months’ time, given the rate of attrition in this Government, we will probably have someone else again.

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Mike Penning: I could not agree more with the hon. Gentleman. We have discussed and debated this before, and this must be like “Groundhog Day” for the Minister. I should have thanked him earlier for bearing with me in what may be a much longer debate than he probably assumed when he saw it on the Order Paper. It is important that there is proper due process when we employ people who work in the NHS,...

Five-year Land Supply (4 Jul 2018)

Nick Herbert: ...overridden. I am afraid that is exactly what is happening. I very much welcome my hon. Friend the Minister to his place. I hope that he will take this message back to his Department. This is like groundhog day: we have had this debate endlessly in this Chamber and on the Floor of the House, and we are constantly told, “Yes, the Government understand the problem and will do something...

Govia Thameslink/Rail Electrification (3 Jul 2018)

Lloyd Russell-Moyle: It feels almost like groundhog day. Last night, again, it took me three hours to travel back to Brighton. What does the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, the union that represents staff—and I refer to my registered interest in that regard—say? It says that 95% of staff now face aggression from passengers whom they are unable to give any information, because the management does not...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament (Powers) (26 Jun 2018)

Graham Simpson: ...mechanisms; and encouraging interparliamentary working. Those are the kind of serious proposals that we should be discussing, but we are not. Instead, we are stuck in a trumped-up grievance groundhog day. It is time for the SNP to get on with the serious business of government. It is time for the SNP to grow up.


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