Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate

Part of Elections for Positions in the House – in the House of Commons am 2:58 pm ar 26 Mawrth 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Ceidwadwyr, South Cambridgeshire 2:58, 26 Mawrth 2015

It is a great privilege to follow Mr Raynsford; I found much in his speech with which to agree. I am sorry we did not have more opportunities to agree on precisely those things over these years, but he justified in his career his remark about leaving Ministers in their office. He showed tremendous capacity as local government and housing Minister, and was much admired for his work in this House.

You and I entered the House in 1997, Mr Speaker, as part of the small Conservative intake. I am choosing not to stand again, but I and our 1997 colleagues wish you well for the future. I will look on with pride at that intake. I remember way back when, as we were engaging in—what did we call it?—in-flight refuelling in opposition against the Labour Government’s large majority, we learnt some of the tricks of the trade of parliamentary life, and the 1997 intake has demonstrated some skill in that area in subsequent years.