New Clause 6 Challenging election results

Part of Electoral Administration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 12:30 pm ar 22 Tachwedd 2005.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Minister of State (Department of Constitutional Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 12:30, 22 Tachwedd 2005

We also ask you to thank Mr. Conway for chairing the Committee. In addition, I thank the Clerks and, of course, the officials at the Department for Constitutional Affairs for their excellent work.

As you will have noticed, Mr. O’Hara, we did not have new Labour clones on the Back Benches. We have had a lively debate in which important views have been expressed, and things have been put on the forward agenda.

I thank the hon. Member for Epping Forest. She has been ably supported by the hon. Member for Northampton, South, who has made several helpful contributions. Also, it has been useful to hear the view from Northern Ireland. Often, people do not understand how important it is for Northern Irish Members of Parliament to participate in Committees and add their comments in the way that the hon. Member for Belfast, East has done.

I also thank the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome, who has participated disproportionately in our debates and always made useful contributions.