Speeches in Parliament

Speech - more police needed on the beat

I really do not want to enter the blame game, but I am going to start by just reminding the House and putting it on the record that, in 2010, we did inherit a financial mess. [Interruption.] Opposition Members groan but it is a fact.

Speech - EU Withdrawal Act

Before I start, I want to say this. Two Opposition Members have called myself and other honourable colleagues “extremists”. ​I am not an extremist; I am a humble Back-Bench MP trying to deliver what the British people asked us to.

Speech - our fishing rights still in doubt

It is a pleasure to follow my friend and colleague the hon. Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley). I, too, would like to pay tribute to our fishermen.

Speech - note of caution to Chancellor during Budget debate

There is much to welcome in the Budget for my constituents, not least the raising of tax thresholds, the freezing of fuel duty, the business rates announcement, the freezing of beer duty, and other announcements, all of which are to be welcomed and will help my constituents.

Speech - new opportunities for agriculture

Heavens! You caught me by surprise there, Mr Deputy Speaker. I was not ready for that at all. Anyway, thank you very much for calling me to speak. I refer hon. Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.​

Speech - training of nurses

Thank you, Mr Speaker ...

It’s a great privilege to have been drawn for one of these end of day Adjournment Debates … giving … as it does … a Backbencher the opportunity to debate a subject dear to their heart.