Salter Speaks In Parliament 26 Nov 09, on DARK FORCES

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)

May we look forward to an early and positive response to all the recommendations in the comparatively short and clear report from the Wright Committee, on which it was my privilege to serve? May I urge the parliamentarian of the year to stand firm against the dark forces on both the Government Front Bench and the Opposition Front Bench who are already lobbying hard against a Back-Bench business committee, which is vital if this House is to re-establish public respect and control over its own affairs?

Harriet Harman (Lord Privy Seal, House of Commons; Camberwell & Peckham, Labour)

We all recognise that, as well as restoring public confidence by dealing with the abuse of expenses by a very few Members, we also need to strengthen the work of the House. The Wright Committee-I pay tribute to my hon. Friend Martin Salter for his work on that Committee-will be an important step in improving the way in which the House works, and thereby in restoring and strengthening public confidence.

And also…

Martin Salter (Reading West, Labour)

Does the Minister appreciate that she has set off alarm bells in my head with the concept that votes are not of equal value on the Floor of the House? If new Members after the next general election have to vote on the Speakership, and on legislation every day of the week, does she not agree that that goes with the territory? Do elections not ask people to exercise judgment? For goodness’ sake, is that not why we are sent here?


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