Televised Election Debates — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:03 pm on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 5:03 pm, 7th January 2019

It is great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. It is also a pleasure to follow Dr Drew—I agree with virtually everything he said—and my hon. Friend Steve Double, who introduced the motion in a very reasoned way. I also thank the Petitions Committee for the debate—one of the advantages to come out of the expenses scandal is that the public can have things they are interested in debated in this House.

I am delighted that we have such an excellent Minister present to respond to the debate and to agree with everything I say. I am very interested to hear what she has to say, as I will be to hear the shadow Minister, Kevin Brennan, and the spokesperson for the Scottish National party, Tommy Sheppard—two excellent parliamentarians.

I am particularly interested in what the shadow Minister will say, because at some time in the future his party might be in government. I hope that what he says today will apply when Labour is in government. It is a problem that people are quite keen on TV debates when in opposition, but not when in power.