Canlyniadau 1–20 o 4039 ar gyfer speaker:Anne Main

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: Did my hon. Friend note that the Opposition spokesperson’s principal reason for opting for 9 December and not 12 December was that they felt that students would somehow miss out? Students are perfectly able to apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote, and three days will make absolutely no difference to that process.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: It is important that we have a general election. When the question about Brexit was asked in 2016, it was a matter of which side of the argument people supported. The hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson), the leader of the Liberal Democrats, who looks as if she is about to leave her seat, says she looks forward to being in my constituency more often. I say to her: thank you—we...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It is important that we go back and look at how we got to where we are in order to understand where we are going next. I am sorry about the history lesson, but it was in 2008 that the campaign started gathering momentum, simply because the Liberal Democrats were saying, “Only we will give you the choice.” I do not remember then or any time in between,...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: I assume that the word “you” was directed not at you, Mr Speaker, but at me, so I do not expect you to answer the hon. Gentleman’s question and tell us why you are not changing the date to the 9th, but I will answer it and say that I do not think the public will care one way or another. We have a tradition in this country of holding elections on Thursdays, but as for the guff and...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: My right hon. Friend tempts me, and since there are no time limits, I may well wax lyrical on that point. However, it is important for us to get to the nub of the matter, which is that we have moved this away from being a choice for the people. I knocked on doors, and people said, “I am for leave” or “I am for remain”—

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: May I finish this point first? Otherwise I could be speaking for hours, and I am sure the House would rather I did not detain it for that long. People came up to that market stall and said that they were for leave or for remain. I did not ask them, “Do you vote Liberal Democrat, do you vote Green, do you vote Labour?” Indeed, members of the Labour party have suggested that they agree with...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: On political tribes, I shall give way.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: Perhaps the arithmetic in the hon. Gentleman’s particular tribe is not as good as it might be. The Conservatives have not had a working majority for three years; there have been difficulties. However, the hon. Gentleman has fallen into the trap of seeing Brexit as a “political tribe” decision.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: I can only hazard a guess that certain parties saw it as politically expedient to suggest or imply, in 2008 in the case of the Liberal Democrats or in 2017 in the case of the Conservatives and the Labour party, that they would indeed offer, or respect, a referendum. Now too many of the parties are finding it politically difficult. This is not about us. It is not about individual parts of...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: On political footballs? The hon. Gentleman plays the game very well, so I shall hand over to him.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: On a scintilla of that argument I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman. However, I am going to go back to the intervention of my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire (Sir Greg Knight) about referendums, and the result the hon. Gentleman said he was not happy with is what he would now like to see not delivered in that particular way. His Front Bench, unfortunately, wishes to...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: I will not give way now as I want to respond to the intervention of my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire about honouring referendums.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: I will give way in a moment; I am in great demand. First, however, I will respond to my right hon. Friend’s intervention on referendums. It is important that we recognise that people voted in that referendum who had never voted before. I spoke to people in St Albans—and I am sure that this experience was replicated across the House—and they had a fixed view; it was not a political view,...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: I hope the intervention is on this particular point of asking the same question, because I do wish to give way to my hon. Friend the Member for Redditch (Rachel Maclean).

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: I am glad the hon. Gentleman asked me that because my answer to my constituents then, now and in the future is that I completely respect democracy, and whatever democratic outcome was delivered I would respect. I am not here to argue against it or for it; I am here to argue to deliver it. And I hope, since the political make-up of the hon. Gentleman’s seat is very like mine—I do not...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: No, I am not going to have a two-way debate with the hon. Gentleman on this particular matter.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: No; I said no, and I say no twice. Mr Speaker made a ruling on this earlier on, so the answer is no. What I will be arguing, as indeed we are arguing, is that we gave the in/out choice, regardless of political parties, and the in/out choice was delivered. Some people did not like it, and some constituencies did not match up with what their MP wanted, but that is not what it is about; what it...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: I will take my hon. Friend’s intervention before I get to that point.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: I absolutely accept my hon. Friend’s point. I accept that there are people in my constituency, as there will be in others, who fervently wish to overturn the result and to back remain. However, most people I speak to, when asked, feel that revoking would be a step too far. Most of them say, “I just want it over and done with. I want a deal.” I believe that this Government have tried to...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Hyd 2019)

Anne Main: On the point about honouring contracts, I shall take the hon. Gentleman’s intervention.


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