Debates between Lee Anderson and Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

There have been 5 exchanges between Lee Anderson and Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

1 Thu 2nd July 2020 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (253 words)
2 Thu 25th June 2020 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (305 words)
3 Thu 18th June 2020 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (331 words)
4 Thu 4th June 2020 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (401 words)
5 Thu 19th March 2020 Business of the House
Leader of the House
3 interactions (259 words)

Business of the House

Debate between Lee Anderson and Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg
Thursday 2nd July 2020

(1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Leader of the House
Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Hansard

What we need is an overall economic recovery. The number of women in employment in this country has been at record levels as a percentage and as the actual number. If we both protect the economy, which the emergency package has done, and manage to achieve a recovery that comes sooner rather than later—which the chief economist, the very distinguished figure of Andy Haldane, has said now looks likely—it will help everybody in the economy and will protect the people that the hon. Gentleman is most concerned about.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Hansard

I notice that the Solicitor General has recently had some good results in court by increasing sentences in very serious cases. That is good news for my constituents in Ashfield who wholeheartedly approve of those increased sentences for some of the worst criminals in society. Will the Leader of the House allow a debate in this Chamber to highlight some of those cases and the increased sentences passed?

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Hansard

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising this issue and for the tribute he paid to the Attorney General and the Solicitor General, who work extremely hard to ensure that just sentences are passed. I seem to remember—others may correct me—that the law that allowed that to happen was introduced when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, so it is another Conservative success. My hon. Friend is right to highlight it and raise it in the House: perhaps he should ask for an Adjournment debate to discuss specific cases where the punishment is fitting the crime.

Business of the House

Debate between Lee Anderson and Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg
Thursday 25th June 2020

(1 month, 1 week ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Hansard
25 Jun 2020, 12:02 a.m.

The hon. Gentleman raises a point we are all aware of. The crisis did lead to some diagnostic treatments being rescheduled, in order to protect vulnerable patients. I am very glad that he successfully completed his course of treatment, which I think is welcomed across the House. Everyone wishes him well. [Interruption.] Genuinely, however much we may disagree with him or find some of his interventions less than illuminating, we all wish him extremely good health. The problem he raises is a serious one, and the Health Secretary is aware of it. As for finding time for a specific debate, I am not sure I can promise that, but this issue is certainly worth raising in questions, and the Health Secretary has been assiduous in making statements to the House.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Hansard

This week is Armed Forces Week, and I believe we have the best armed forces in the world. They have really stepped up during this pandemic to provide fantastic logistical support for our brilliant NHS. So on behalf of the people of Ashfield and Eastwood, the people in this House and the people in this great country of ours, will the Leader of the House please say a big thank you to our armed services?

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Hansard

King Alfred is reputed to have founded the Navy and his army defeated the Danes and kept us safe. The British Army, the British Navy and the Royal Air Force have saved our country and provided wonderful service to it, over not just decades and centuries, but more than 1,000 years. My hon. Friend is right to bring to the attention of the Chamber this important event and to make sure that the people of Ashfield are known to be backing our armed services. He is right to do so and I am grateful to him for raising this matter.

Business of the House

Debate between Lee Anderson and Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg
Thursday 18th June 2020

(1 month, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jun 2020, 12:05 a.m.

The House is always grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his commitment to persecuted minorities and for trying to ensure that their persecution is known around the globe and that Governments who allow persecution are shamed. The Government are trying to do what we can to protect persecuted communities. I cannot promise him time for a debate, but I remind him—he probably knows this already—that Foreign Office questions are coming up on 30 June.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jun 2020, 12:04 p.m.

Politicians have a duty to set a good example, especially during these difficult times. The missing Mayor of London refuses to condemn mass gatherings during this pandemic. Will the Leader of the House please remind MPs that it is irresponsible and foolish to gather in mass demonstrations, and will he also remind the Mayor of London of his responsibilities to the citizens of London and to our brilliant emergency service workers?

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jun 2020, 12:04 p.m.

My hon. Friend raises a crucial point. We have put in place clear and strict guidance on social distancing, and I believe that our elected officials have a responsibility to see it upheld. We strongly support the right to protest peacefully, but it is vital that people stick to the rules to protect themselves and their families. These are not normal times, and to protect us all and stop the spread of coronavirus, any gatherings of more than six people are unlawful. The actions we have seen over the previous weeks were not the right way to be proceeding, with dozens of police officers injured. The police have our full support in tackling any violence, vandalism or disorderly behaviour, and I would like to echo my colleague—my colleague? I mean my right hon. Friend—the Home Secretary’s view that those responsible will face the full force of law. That is the right way to proceed, though I fear it is unlikely that the Mayor of London will take any advice from me, because if I were to advise him, I would say: make way for a Conservative.

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Debate between Lee Anderson and Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg
Thursday 4th June 2020

(2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Hansard

Indeed we may have more in common than most people know; we were at Oxford together, and when I arrived the hon. Lady was a most distinguished officer of the Oxford Union, somebody I looked up to and continue to look up to as a distinguished figure. I followed in her footsteps and later became an officer of that same Oxford Union. However, I would deny the charge of “tin-earedness”; I think we are in line with what the country is doing. We are coming back to work because we could not do it properly while not being here. I would ask again: which of the important Bills do Opposition Members not want? Do they not want the Domestic Abuse Bill? Do they not want the Fire Safety Bill? Do they not want to stand up for our fishing communities with the Fisheries Bill? Do they not want the Northern Ireland legacy Bill? What is it that they wish to abandon? Which parts of our country do they wish to let down? We must come back because we have a job to do.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Hansard

The Leader of the House will be aware that some Brexit myths and untruths are currently being peddled by certain sections of the media. Will the Leader of the House please reassure me and the constituents of Ashfield that there will be no extension to the transition period?

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Hansard

I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for asking this vital question, and I am sure we can agree that ensuring we leave the transition period successfully in full by the end of this year is one of the Government’s—and, even more importantly, the British people’s—highest priorities. An extension of the transition period would be in neither the UK’s nor the Europeans’ interest. Both parties want and need to conclude a deal this year to complete the transition period. An extension to the transition period would bind us into future EU legislation without us having any say in designing it, but still having to foot the bill for payments to the EU budget. We must be able to design our own rules, because that is in our own best interests, without the constraints of EU regulation. I would like to assure my hon Friend and the people of Ashfield that the Government are delivering on their promise. Will we have an extension? To quote Margaret Thatcher, “No, no, no.”

Business of the House

Debate between Lee Anderson and Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg
Thursday 19th March 2020

(4 months, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Hansard
19 Mar 2020, 12:08 a.m.

We have had statements from the Chancellor and the Education Secretary, and regular updates from the Health Secretary to keep the House up to date. I would emphasise the word “provisional”. The business for the week after next is, as always, the provisional business and that which is provisional is not set in stone.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Hansard
19 Mar 2020, 12:09 a.m.

During times of national emergency, the media play a vital role in delivering information to concerned viewers, listeners and readers. Scrutiny is good, but undermining the national effort by spreading misinformation helps nobody and creates panic among some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Will my right hon. Friend raise this issue with broadcasters such as ITV, where Piers Morgan, who has no scientific or medical qualifications, seems to want to make irresponsible comments on a daily basis?

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Portrait Mr Rees-Mogg - Hansard
19 Mar 2020, midnight

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his question and he is right to point out the role that the media plays in informing the public and holding the Government to account—[Interruption.] I hear a chunter from the Opposition Benches. Michael Crick is indeed brilliant; he is somebody I particularly admire and one of the best journalists at holding people to account. One does not need to take every utterance from controversialists as holy writ. Piers Morgan enjoys causing a row and, frankly, it would be better to pay less attention to him rather than more and to listen to the Government advisers. Free speech is very precious. If people want to say silly things and look foolish, that is a matter for them.