by Sir Edward Leigh MP [House of Commons, 13 July 2016] Weapons of mass destruction were held to be a vital part of the justification for war. The Chilcot report found that WMD development programmes were far more advanced in Iran, Libya and North Korea than in Iraq. The imminence of an Iraqi threat to… Read More On the Chilcot Report
by Sir Edward Leigh MP Conservative MPs about to decide on the leadership of the party – and the nation – will consider character, the national interest, electability, and myriad other factors. Putting aside the personalities involved, it’s worth thinking for at least a moment about what policies we want the next premier to promote.… Read More Policy Priorities for the Next Premiership
by John Redwood Yesterday the Commons completed its work on the new Immigration Bill. This Bill amongst other matters makes provision for the faster removal of illegal migrants from the UK. It strengthens the provisions against rogue landlords who rent out property to illegal migrants. It also makes clear to the courts and others that… Read More Immigration and the Syrian problem
Sir Gerald Howarth: I thank my hon. Friend from the Army for reminding the House of my interest and experience in aviation. I am genuinely delighted to open this important debate on defence spending and to introduce my Bill to give legal effect to the Government’s welcome commitment to meet the NATO target of spending 2%… Read More Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill
Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset) (Con): I have received your message that you wish me to be relatively brief, Mr Speaker, and I shall do my best to abide by that and not model myself on Gladstone, whom we have had earlier reference to, and who Disraeli said was a “sophistical rhetorician, inebriated by the exuberance… Read More English Votes for English Laws
by Edward Leigh Today was Trinity Sunday, an opportunity for much intellectual religious positing on the nature of three-in-one. Perhaps we should be content with thought of God, not a lovely old man but a loving combination. The Trinity can be a suitable excuse for a very boring theological disputation. And what has always particularly… Read More A thought for Trinity Sunday
by Edward Leigh MP Like many MPs, my constituency has suffered from a recent rush of planning applications to build wind farms. Proposals are ongoing at Hemswell Cliff and Corringham, but I was heartened by the recent refusal of planning permission for a wind farm in Normanby by Spital. The most recent application in my… Read More Enough of this wanton destruction of our countryside!