War against Terrorism

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:47 pm on 4th November 2004.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon 4:47 pm, 4th November 2004

I concur with Mr. Moore that this has been a debate of the highest quality. It has been a pleasure to listen to robust and thoughtful contributions from both sides of the Chamber. Many questions have been asked and many suggestions made, and it has been a privilege to take part.

I pay tribute to Donald Anderson and his Committee for a very impressive report that is weighty both in kilograms and in substance. It is a very fine tribute to the hard work done by the right hon. Gentleman, his Committee and the team that supports and advises them.

I also state firmly for the record—I did so slightly yesterday morning, although we were not then entirely sure during our fine debate on US-UK relations of the precise outcome of the presidential election—that I strongly support the re-election of President George Bush, which gives us new opportunities in international affairs. It is obviously thrilling for us to see our sister party do so well in both Houses in the US, and to see a man with such personal convictions succeed. I am all for the result, which was thoroughly commendable. [Interruption.] I know that the Minister will reciprocate with equally sincere warm personal wishes and a warm welcome, as, I am sure, will his colleagues.