Debates between Bob Seely and John Bercow

There have been 18 exchanges between Bob Seely and John Bercow

1 Thu 31st October 2019 Tributes to the Speaker
Leader of the House
5 interactions (615 words)
2 Tue 29th October 2019 Early Parliamentary General Election Bill
Cabinet Office
7 interactions (440 words)
3 Mon 28th October 2019 Business of the House
Leader of the House
2 interactions (201 words)
4 Wed 25th September 2019 Prime Minister's Update
Cabinet Office
10 interactions (311 words)
5 Wed 3rd April 2019 European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill
Department for Exiting the European Union
2 interactions (254 words)
6 Wed 27th March 2019 EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions)
Department for Exiting the European Union
3 interactions (119 words)
7 Wed 13th March 2019 UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
7 interactions (244 words)
8 Wed 20th February 2019 Leaving the EU: Economic Impact of Proposed Deal
HM Treasury
3 interactions (66 words)
9 Wed 16th January 2019 No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government
Cabinet Office
2 interactions (63 words)
10 Wed 16th January 2019 Points of Order
Leader of the House
3 interactions (265 words)
11 Wed 19th December 2018 Points of Order
Leader of the House
6 interactions (182 words)
12 Thu 22nd November 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Transport
2 interactions (31 words)
13 Mon 12th November 2018 Appointment of Sir Roger Scruton
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
2 interactions (210 words)
14 Tue 4th September 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
2 interactions (141 words)
15 Thu 24th May 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Transport
2 interactions (117 words)
16 Tue 1st May 2018 Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords]
HM Treasury
2 interactions (381 words)
17 Tue 20th February 2018 Medical Cannabis 5 interactions (144 words)
18 Wed 18th October 2017 Universal Credit Roll-out
Department for Work and Pensions
2 interactions (68 words)

Tributes to the Speaker

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Thursday 31st October 2019

(9 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Mr Speaker Hansard

Bless you. I have never forgotten that trip, and I never will—for all sorts of reasons.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Hansard
31 Oct 2019, 1:29 p.m.

I thought I had missed the tributes to you, Mr Speaker, but I am delighted that I have not. By the way, it is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stroud (Dr Drew). I fear that I lack your constitution, Mr Speaker, because I have been dying for the loo, but I also wanted to get in, so I am holding it in for the moment. I actually came to the Chamber to follow your advice to persist, persist, persist. I am following up on a point I made earlier in the week, to get an answer from the Leader of the House—if he wants to give one—on whether the Government would allow a future debate on Huawei and the importance of 5G, but I am very happy to ignore that request if you feel that it would be inappropriate at this moment.

Mr Speaker Hansard
31 Oct 2019, 1:32 p.m.

No, no—I said to the hon. Gentleman that he could raise what he wanted to raise with the Leader of the House.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard
31 Oct 2019, 1:33 p.m.

That is very kind of you, Sir, because I fear that I might—not for the first time—have misread the Order Paper. However, it will make you happy to know that since “Erskine May” has been available online, I have been reading it in bed every night. Indeed, I was going to raise a point of order to ask why paragraph 12 of chapter 20 consisted of not one paragraph but two, but the Whips advised me against it; I think it was during the Saturday sitting and we were all very keen to get away.

Mr Speaker, your support for Back Benchers is always important and incredibly welcome, and your calling Ministers to account is excellent because scrutiny always strengthens. Any good Minister always appreciates being called for an urgent question, because it gives them the chance to explain the Government’s position. If a Minister is happy to explain the Government’s position, they are confident of the Government’s position. And if they are not, there should be questions about why they fear being called. I thank you for that, and I hope that the tradition of UQs will continue under all future Speakers; it is very important that it does.

Likewise, the Education Centre has been superb. The excellent teacher at Ryde Academy on my Island often brings the kids down. In fact, the most trying interviews that I have are often with primary and secondary schoolchildren from my Island, who test me and my knowledge as best they can. Long may that continue.

Some of my constituents have specifically written to me to say how much they will miss you, but specifically to say that they will miss you chastising me. One of them told me that so often has that reprimanding and guidance become that they regularly look forward to me being told off by you on a regular—indeed, almost weekly—basis. You have brought joy to many people—occasionally to myself, but very often to my constituents, especially if you have been beasting me.

On the point of persist, persist, persist—if the Leader of the House has a chance to answer—5G is very significant issue, and there is very little public and parliamentary debate about it. What can we do about it, and can we have debate before decisions are made so that we can give our opinion and say what we think the options are?

Mr Speaker Hansard

That was extremely gracious of the hon. Gentleman, whom I have known for a very long time. I thank him for what he said, and I know the Leader of the House will want to respond to him.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill

(2nd reading: House of Commons)
(2nd reading: House of Commons)
Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Tuesday 29th October 2019

(9 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard
29 Oct 2019, 3:33 p.m.

I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. The question was not framed in pejorative terms: are you voting for Britain to be greater, Britain to be smaller, Britain to be richer, Britain to be poorer? The question was a simple one: do you want Britain to leave the European Union?

Mr Speaker Hansard
29 Oct 2019, 3:33 p.m.

Order. I have great regard for the hon. Gentleman’s perspicacity, but not for his failure to adhere to parliamentary rules. The word “you” should not as a foreign body invade his speeches. “You” refers to the Chair. I have taken no stance on these matters.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard
29 Oct 2019, 3:34 p.m.

Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I think I have been slightly thrown by taking so many interventions, so I am saying “you”. I know I should not and I apologise.

If I may continue with the points that I was making—

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Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard

I thank my right hon. Friend for what I think was a friendly intervention. I am certainly learning to appreciate the benefit of friendly interventions.

Mr Speaker Hansard
29 Oct 2019, 3:44 p.m.

May I say to the hon. Gentleman that it is normally known in the trade as in-flight refuelling?

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard
29 Oct 2019, 3:44 p.m.

I have just been refuelled, Mr Speaker.

We were talking about the need for a new Parliament. There are many things that I would like a Parliament to spend much more time talking about instead of being so focused on Brexit. The rise of autocracies is a very serious issue. On Huawei, do we allow the use in this country of high tech from a communist party state, especially if its stated aim is to dominate global 5G in the years to come? I am wary of making the world safe for autocracies and one-party states. We need time to debate that.

Another issue is the ongoing disaster of Syria and the clear mistakes made by President Trump. There is also the need for integration of overseas foreign policy. We also have an exciting domestic agenda and I want us to talk more about that.

Finally, I want an Isle of Wight deal so that our public services are of the same standard as those on the mainland, or the north island, as we call it. Most parts of the United Kingdom that are isolated by water—in other words, islands—either have a fixed link, which we are never going to have because it would cost £3 billion, or more money through increased public expenditure, but the Island has neither, and that has been a structural flaw for many years.

The best way to deal with all of those problems is for us to agree to an election and to listen to our constituents, the folks in the places that we care for and love—

Business of the House

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Monday 28th October 2019

(9 months, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Hansard
28 Oct 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Mr Speaker, I would like to ask about business other than Brexit, unless you are looking very wearisomely at me. I would like to ask about Huawei, because climate change, Brexit and whether we allow Chinese high tech into 5G are the big, critical decisions that we are going to be making in the next decade or two, but there has been no public debate and no parliamentary debate to speak of on these very important issues. Will the Leader of the House address my point?

Mr Speaker Hansard

I am extraordinarily grateful to the hon. Gentleman. The matter he raises is indeed a big and important issue, and I completely respect the fact that the hon. Gentleman, who speaks with some knowledge on these matters, is dissatisfied with the amount of debate that there has been. However, his business question suffers from the notable disadvantage that it does not relate to the terms of the business for tomorrow, upon which the statement has focused. However, he has perhaps given an augur of his intent for any business statement that might take place on Thursday, in the course of which I feel sure he will ventilate his concerns further. I hope that is helpful.

Prime Minister's Update

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Wednesday 25th September 2019

(10 months, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Hansard

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. [Interruption.]

Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Sep 2019, 7:38 p.m.

I am going to try to be helpful to the hon. Gentleman, who is a most dedicated and assiduous Member of two years’ standing. We do not have points of order in the middle of exchanges. I will try to provide a tutorial to the hon. Gentleman on another occasion, but the right hon. Lady will not be prevented from asking her question. She is asking her question and it will be heard, and the hon. Gentleman will sit quietly and listen.

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Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Parliament Live - Hansard

On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Sep 2019, 7:40 p.m.

I have already explained once. Let me explain to the hon. Gentleman again, in terms that brook no misunderstanding, that now is not the time for points of order. That time will come, and if the hon. Gentleman is still interested, he will be heard, but he needs to learn the procedures for those matters.

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Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard

I call Mr Bob Seely.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

Thank you very much indeed, Mr Speaker. There have been some challenges for the Prime Minister—[Interruption.]

Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Sep 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Order. I have known the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr Seely) for a long time. I am not surprised, but very pleased to see, that, notwithstanding some sedentary heckling, he still has a smile on his face and that is a good thing.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Parliament Live - Hansard
25 Sep 2019, 8:33 p.m.

I am blocked in that ear, so I cannot hear it anyway.

There have been some challenges for the Prime Minister in recent weeks, but is he aware that the more that my folks on the Isle of Wight see the obstacles being put in his way—whether they are political from people in this House, or from European leaders or from others, including judges—the more that they are willing him on and the more that they want him to stick the course to deliver Brexit on 31 October and restore trust in our politics.

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill

(2nd reading: House of Commons)
Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Wednesday 3rd April 2019

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Mr Speaker Hansard

Well, that is one of the shortest speeches the hon. Gentleman has ever delivered in the Chamber.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
3 Apr 2019, 6:46 p.m.

I will not support the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill, because it means delay without end. Business wants certainty above all. I do not believe all the scare stories; sadly, the Treasury has been proved wrong in most of its assessments of Brexit. This Bill will simply be the water torture of endless delay.

I base my decision on two points. First, we have to honour the referendum result. That means voting for Brexit. I do so because the country voted for it; because my Island, the Isle of Wight, voted for it; and because the best way of improving the reputation of politics is for politicians to do what we said we would. The problem is that we are not doing that. This chaos is self-induced by people who do not want Brexit.

Secondly, we have to live in the real world, and that means accepting that this Parliament has a remain majority. It has been obvious for months that we would not get no deal through, and while I respect my hon. Friend the Member for Stone (Sir William Cash) and many other Brexiteer colleagues, I cannot think of a more perfect example of snatching defeat from the jaws of an acceptable victory. There has never been a chance of getting no deal through, as we are finding out.

We are not theologians. We need to cut a deal, not philosophise on the nature of Brexit perfection.

EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship (Motions)

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Wednesday 27th March 2019

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Exiting the European Union
Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard

Order. I should be most grateful if—

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Hansard

On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Mr Speaker Hansard
27 Mar 2019, 3:26 p.m.

No, no—I have already called the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay and he has started to speak. In any case, I am on my feet, so the hon. Gentleman should not rise to his feet while I am on mine. Somebody as concerned with procedure as the hon. Gentleman might usefully become acquainted with that important procedural fact.

I was just going to appeal to colleagues—and I think the intervention has helped me to do so—to leave the Chamber quickly and quietly so that we can proceed with the debate and each contributor enjoys the respectful attention of the House which he or she deserves.

UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Wednesday 13th March 2019

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard

Oh, very well—very briefly. [Interruption.] May I politely suggest that it might be advisable—

Mr Speaker Hansard
13 Mar 2019, 8:11 p.m.

I will take one who has signalled to me, the hon. Member for Wakefield, and then let us hear the statement by the Leader of the House. If there are then further points of order, I can take them afterwards.

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Mr Speaker Hansard
13 Mar 2019, 8:13 p.m.

Yes, all right. The hon. Member for Airdrie and Shotts (Neil Gray) does not need to put up his hand as though he is in a classroom. It is not necessary.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Does the will of the House trump the will of the people?

Mr Speaker Parliament Live - Hansard

That is a very interesting philosophical question, and I am sure that the hon. Gentleman has focused on it. This House operates in accordance with its own procedures, including, importantly, with its Standing Orders. It is not for me to seek to interpret the will of the people. The hon. Gentleman is a most dedicated public servant who has now been in the House for a little over 18 months, and he may well feel that he is very close to his people—I do not say that in any pejorative spirit, but he may well feel he is—and that he is deeply attuned to the will of the people. I do not claim that I am, and it is not for the Speaker to be. It is for the Speaker to seek to facilitate the will of the legislature.

Leaving the EU: Economic Impact of Proposed Deal

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Wednesday 20th February 2019

(1 year, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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HM Treasury
Mr Speaker Hansard
20 Feb 2019, 1:20 p.m.

Order. Mr Seely, sit down young man. It is very discourteous. The Father of the House comes in—[Interruption.] Order. Do not sit there looking at your phone, man. I am speaking to you. Show some respect and manners in the Chamber.

Mr Speaker Hansard
20 Feb 2019, 1:21 p.m.

No, I do not need the hon. Gentleman to get up. Remain seated and behave with courtesy. What on earth has got into you?

No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Wednesday 16th January 2019

(1 year, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Cabinet Office
Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Parliament Live - Hansard

If that is the case, will the right hon. Gentleman explain why so many on his side—173 MPs, I think—refused to back his leadership?

Mr Speaker Hansard
16 Jan 2019, 4:36 p.m.

The hon. Member for Ilford North (Wes Streeting) has just been elevated to the Privy Council. I trust his note of appreciation to the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr Seely) will be in the internal post today.

Points of Order

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Wednesday 16th January 2019

(1 year, 6 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Mr Speaker Hansard

No? Not at this stage.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Hansard
16 Jan 2019, 12:52 p.m.

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. May I ask for clarification? Are you intending to alter the Standing Orders of the House in order to change the way in which business is conducted in the upcoming days and weeks, or are you going to allow those Standing Orders to be changed by a vote of the House? Excuse my ignorance on this, sir. I ask because if the control of business is taken away from the Government, for example on the issue of Brexit, that has significant ramifications for how we do business in this House and for what is likely to happen in the days and weeks ahead.

Mr Speaker Hansard

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman, and I can answer him very simply. No, I have no intention of trying to change the Standing Orders of the House. With the very greatest of respect to the hon. Gentleman, whom I have known for a long time and for whose intelligence I have very high regard, that is not a power of the Speaker. The House is in charge of its Standing Orders, but in so far as he—[Interruption.] No, I am not debating this with him. He raised the point and I am furnishing him with an answer, upon which he can reflect. The later parts of his point of order were frankly hypothetical, and I cannot be expected to treat of hypothetical questions. He asked a specific point in the first part of his inquiry, and I have given him a specific reply. We will leave it there.

Points of Order

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Wednesday 19th December 2018

(1 year, 7 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Mr Speaker Hansard
19 Dec 2018, 12:59 p.m.

I think I rather indicated that I expected that to happen, so if the hon. Gentleman seeks the assurance that I would expect the Leader of the Opposition to be here, the answer is yes.

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Mr Speaker Hansard
19 Dec 2018, 12:59 p.m.

I am saving the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford up—it would be a pity to squander him.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard
19 Dec 2018, 1:09 p.m.

Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. When you have seen the video replay—and thank God for video replays—and you decide to come back to the House, do you have the power to call the Leader of the Opposition back to make sure that he is here to face us?

Mr Speaker Hansard
19 Dec 2018, 12:59 p.m.

The short answer to the hon. Gentleman is that, technically, I do not have that power, but I think it reasonable to suppose in the circumstances that the Leader of the Opposition would return to the Chamber. I think that is an entirely reasonable assumption—[Interruption.] It is not for me to get into that until the evidence has been assessed, but it is reasonable to suppose that the right hon. Gentleman would return to the Chamber.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Thursday 22nd November 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Transport
Mr Speaker Hansard
22 Nov 2018, 10:02 a.m.

I call the hon. Member for Luton South (Mr Shuker) to ask Question 8. He is not here.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Hansard

9. What recent steps he has taken to encourage cycling and walking. [907774]

Appointment of Sir Roger Scruton

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Monday 12th November 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Mr Speaker Hansard
12 Nov 2018, 5:05 p.m.

The Clerk at the Table advises me that I am under no obligation to say anything about Sir Roger, because of course one meets all sorts of people in the course of one’s work and one’s life, but in the light of what the Secretary of State and the hon. Member for North Wiltshire (James Gray) have just said, I simply inform the House that I have of course met Roger Scruton many times over the years. I express no view about the appointment—that is not for me to do—but I did read his book “The Meaning of Conservatism” in 1982 and I have read many of his articles over the years, and I simply took the view that this issue should be aired in the Chamber. That is what is happening, and Members are very properly expressing their views on the subject.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
12 Nov 2018, 5:04 p.m.

Does the Secretary of State agree that Sir Roger Scruton is respected throughout the world, not necessarily because of all his opinions but because he is a profound and distinguished thinker? Will my right hon. Friend accept my congratulations on the fact that the Government are not allowing themselves to be bullied by the thought police rent-a-mob, and that they are going to stand by this decision?

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Tuesday 4th September 2018

(1 year, 11 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Hansard

I welcome the Secretary of State to his new role, and I welcome his words of assurance that war crimes will not go unpunished in Myanmar, or indeed anywhere in the world. On the latter point, will he do the same for the Syrian and Russian regimes, which according to Syrian doctors are currently bombing hospitals as priority and primary targets, and will he update me on how we are going to take the Russian and Syrian regimes to the ICC?

Mr Speaker Hansard

Order. That is audacious to the point of extreme chutzpah. Much as I admire the hon. Gentleman’s ingenuity, I am not sure that I altogether salute his cheekiness. [Interruption.] “Go on”, says the hon. Gentleman from a sedentary position. If the Secretary of State wants to issue one of his brief but eloquent replies, we are happy to hear it.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Thursday 24th May 2018

(2 years, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Transport
Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Parliament Live - Hansard
24 May 2018, 9:40 a.m.

Later this month, the priced option for the Island line in my constituency will be presented. I will be writing next week in support of that priced option. Can the Minister assure me that the Government understands the importance of the Island line to the Island and the importance of investment in it—in track, railway and stations such as Ryde Pier Head, which is on the pier, and Ryde Esplanade, which is a key gateway? Is he aware of my strong support for a feasibility study into extending the Island line south and west?

Mr Speaker Hansard

I must tell the hon. Gentleman that one of his constituents, not very far from here, has been listening intently to his question.

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords]

(3rd reading: House of Commons)
(Report stage: House of Commons)
Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Tuesday 1st May 2018

(2 years, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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HM Treasury
Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard
1 May 2018, 3:39 p.m.

Anything that helps us is important because we need to keep our society free of covert and malign influence. I was in the States last week, as the hon. Gentleman knows, and I am working with Congressmen there and in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, so that we can combine best practice. That is important because a counter-propaganda Bill is going through the United States Congress—do we need that here, etc.?

If I see information of this kind, I have a choice: I can disregard it and become complicit or, if it is genuine, I can put it in the public domain. It might be that Committees will wish to have access to this information, and I suspect that those who have it will provide it to any of the six Committees investigating Russia, if they wish to do so. It might be that Mr Chandler can provide a satisfactory explanation or argue that these relationships, if they existed, are now historical or have been misrepresented in the documents. I do not use privilege lightly, Mr Speaker. He might wish to offer evidence, written or oral, to any of those six Committees, whose work I am supporting, in a modest way, as secretary to the Russia steering group. I look forward to his response— I am quite sure there will be one.

I will be writing to the Prime Minister in the coming weeks to suggest further measures to strengthen our democracy and electoral system. The struggle of our generation is how we deal with authoritarian states and their actors, official or proxy, who use free and open societies to damage those free and open societies. We need to do something about it. Increasingly, Members now see that covert malign influence from authoritarian states, most commonly our friends in the Kremlin but also elsewhere, is a real and present danger to our nation, to our financial system—hence this debate—and to the transparency of our democracy and electoral system, not to mention the Kremlin’s ability to conduct acts of violence and murder on our soil. We have a duty to speak up and to use this House for the public good. That is what I am doing now.

Mr Speaker Hansard
1 May 2018, 3:41 p.m.

Order. I want to call several more colleagues and therefore there is a premium upon brevity.

Medical Cannabis

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Tuesday 20th February 2018

(2 years, 5 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Speaker Hansard
20 Feb 2018, 4:05 p.m.

Order. I intend no discourtesy to the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr Seely), but he was certainly not in that place some minutes ago. Whether he has just entered the Chamber, or has beetled there from another part of the Chamber—

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard
20 Feb 2018, 4:05 p.m.

indicated assent.

Mr Speaker Hansard

He has beetled around the Chamber. It is slightly confusing for the Chair when people perambulate around the Chamber. Nevertheless, I am sure that the hon. Gentleman has important thoughts to volunteer, so let us hear them.

Bob Seely Portrait Mr Seely - Hansard
20 Feb 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Looking around the world, it seems to me that the case for medical cannabis is somewhat overwhelming, although I understand that the Minister is in a difficult position at the moment. Does he think that there will ever be a time when medical cannabis is legal in this country, so that its benefits can be felt by those who need it?

Universal Credit Roll-out

Debate between Bob Seely and John Bercow
Wednesday 18th October 2017

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Work and Pensions
Bob Seely Portrait Mr Bob Seely (Isle of Wight) (Con) - Hansard

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The last time that the Leader of the Opposition spoke on this issue, he made a series of entirely unsubstantiated factual claims about housing in Gloucester. Are these further unsubstantiated claims?

Mr Speaker Hansard
18 Oct 2017, 1:47 p.m.

Order. That is not a point of order and it is an abuse of our proceedings. I strongly counsel the hon. Gentleman not to make the same foolish mistake again.