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Independent MP for Rushcliffe (18 Jun 1970 – current)


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European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill - Second Reading (5 Sep 2019)

Lord Kerr of Kinlochard: ...theme. One concerns our domestic affairs and the other our relationship with the EU 27. Both arise directly from the terms of the Bill we are debating. The noble Lord, Lord Patten, quoted my hero, Kenneth Clarke, who yesterday, in the House of Commons, referred to an element of disingenuousness in the prime ministerial position. I found it shocking that the documents revealed in the court...

Scottish Parliament: European Union Exit (No Deal) (5 Sep 2019)

Alex Rowley: ...the people can decide our country’s future once the bill to stop a no-deal Brexit is law. However, that option will be pursued only when we can guarantee that a no-deal Brexit is off the table. Ken Clarke, the former Tory chancellor said yesterday: “I do think that the Prime Minister has a tremendous skill in keeping a straight face while he is being ... disingenuous.”—[ Official...

Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition - Statement (16 Jul 2019)

Lord Young of Cookham: I join the noble Baroness in paying tribute to my right honourable friend Ken Clarke, who has pursued this issue with commitment for many years, not least because of undertakings he gave when he was Lord Chancellor in the coalition Government. I note her very strong wish that his campaign should be rewarded with the announcement of a judge-led inquiry later this week. The noble Baroness will...

Brexit: The Customs Challenge (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (1 Apr 2019)

Lord Horam: ...just made the point that down the Corridor a very important debate on indicative votes is taking place. The most popular Motion so far, as we saw last week, was moved by my right honourable friend Ken Clarke in favour of remaining in the customs union. On the point just made in an intervention, I make a distinction between remaining in the customs union and, like Turkey, having a customs...

Honda in Swindon (19 Feb 2019)

Greg Clark: ...given by the company. I have been clear that publicly the automotive sector has strongly advocated the need for supply chains to continue to be effective and uninterrupted. I work very closely with Ken Skates, my counterpart in the Welsh Government. We will make sure that we work together to ensure that the supply chain in Wales is part of initiatives we take.

EU Withdrawal - Motion to Take Note (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Dykes: ...and international, with all people of all kinds working together. Foreigners are in different countries in ever greater numbers. The more there are, the better and more exciting it is. As Ken Clarke famously said, we need more foreigners because they make British society more exciting. That is a perfectly acceptable remark. I hope that colleagues who do not have such anxieties about...

Delegated Legislation: Fire Safety and Cladding (23 Jan 2019)

Steve Reed: ...the fire at Lakanal House. It is not about an individual Minister or Secretary of State—there has been a whole string of them ever since that time: Eric Pickles initially, but subsequently Greg Clark, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab—[Interruption.] I am sorry, Madam Deputy Speaker, I cannot remember their constituencies. A string of Secretaries of State have failed to take appropriate action...

Constitutional Convention - Motion to Take Note (13 Dec 2018)

Lord Young of Cookham: ...on the subject at the turn of the century, when we debated what became the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, along with Lords reform. I served on a democracy taskforce, chaired by Ken Clarke, with fellow members including the noble Lords, Lord Butler and Lord Tyrie, which promoted the policy of English votes for English laws. I shall come back to that in a moment. As the...

Economy: Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (13 Nov 2018)

Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court: ...why the Prime Minister and the Chancellor would want to leave decisions to the last possible moment. It was ever thus. I recall sitting in a room over in the House of Commons with John Major and Ken Clarke. John Major was arguing that we should remove VAT on fuel from the Budget which Ken Clarke was due to give the next day. I had to bring the discussion to a halt by saying that it was too...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Second Reading (9 Oct 2018)

Lord Tyrie: ...9/11, Britain facilitated a US programme of extraordinary rendition. Just to be clear what we are talking about, in the 21st century Britain facilitated the kidnapping of people and having them taken to places where they could be maltreated and, in some cases, brutally tortured. I was shocked when I first heard those allegations, and I still am. That is why in 2005 I founded the All-Party...

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations - Motion to Take Note (23 Jul 2018)

Lord Razzall: My Lords, it is apparent that, since the publication of the White Paper, all hell has broken loose within the Tory party. It is not for me to intrude on private grief, so I shall concentrate my remarks on a number of concerns where, if we are not careful, withdrawal without agreement will throw a spanner in many works. I speak for my party on manufacturing, and the concerns of manufacturing...

Nuclear Power (4 Jun 2018)

Greg Clark: ...suppliers can gear up for this important work. Before I came to the House today I discussed the matter with the First Minister, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales spoke to Ken Skates, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport. We will work closely together to ensure that across Wales and, indeed, the United Kingdom, these opportunities result in real jobs and...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL] - Commons Amendments (21 May 2018)

Baroness Northover: ...has had on companies trading around the world and I have seen the change as a result, which we will see here too. I recall some saying that the Bribery Act would differentially damage UK business. Ken Clarke saw those people off and rightly so. The noble Lord, Lord Naseby, did his right honourable friend Andrew Mitchell a disservice: he worked for many years in banking and spent many years...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Tavish Scott: .... A war cabinet used to face the enemy, but a Conservative war cabinet now faces each other. There is battle after battle, not against the EU but blue on blue: Hammond versus Johnson, Gove versus Clarke, Mundell versus—no, that is not fair; I cannot imagine David being against anyone. The UK Government—surely now the worst in living memory—will not achieve an agreed position before...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (4th Day) (30 Apr 2018)

Lord Bilimoria: ...difference between a manager and a leader is that a manager does things right but a leader does the right thing. Do they have the guts—the guts of the so-called mutineers such as Nicky Morgan, Ken Clarke, Dominic Grieve, Jonathan Djanogly and Tom Tugendhat, and I could go on—to stand up when the time comes to do the right thing? We discovered in Committee that whether we were...

Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval: Anti-Semitism (17 Apr 2018)

Simon Clarke: ...heard today, it is a force that is still present in society—albeit adopting, as it always does, new guises in a new era. I pay immense tribute to Opposition and Government Members who have spoken with such courage on this issue today. The hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Andrew Gwynne) spoke from the Opposition Front Bench about the Labour party’s moral mission to renew and turn...

Criminal Records Bill [HL] - Second Reading (23 Feb 2018)

Lord Dholakia: ...Reading in the other place. This gives me an opportunity to put on record my thanks for the support I received from my noble friend Lord McNally and from the then Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke, during the coalition Government. The noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, mentioned that the Government tabled amendments to the then Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill,...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (1 Feb 2018)

...the week where we have seen a secret Tory analysis spelling out the damage of Brexit to our economy, they will get behind the Scottish Government in opposing the recklessness of Brexit. This week, Ken Clarke stood up and said that, because of the impact of the European Union referendum, growth in the UK is “feeble compared with the rest.” He went on to say that the UK is “the laggard...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2018)

Viscount Astor: ...of a general election result when we won but did not deserve to win, or when we lost but did not deserve to lose. When it comes to politics, the British people usually get it right. As we know from Ken Clarke, you do not have to have read every detail of the EU treaty to be either for or against. We have 10 days in Committee, on Report and at Third Reading where there will be plenty of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (30 Jan 2018)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: ...grateful to the Constitution Committee for its pragmatic suggestions for amendments to achieve the objectives of the Bill. We all want to avoid this becoming a fiendishly complex process that weakens both parliamentary sovereignty and legal protections that our citizens rightly take as granted. During the passage of the Article 50 Bill, the Prime Minister constantly argued that she wanted...


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