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Devstatingly powerful Commons speech from Margaret Beckett

Last year in the “Article 50 debate” we featured the text of Kenneth Clarke’s Commons speech, because it was so good.

Today, we again highlight a speech from someone in another party. Labour’s Margaret Beckett made a calm but devastatingly powerful speech in the Brexit Commons debate. She lays into Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating strategy, saying:

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PMQs: Hattie opens up the Coalition’s Grand Canyon

I feel as though Norris McWhirter (late of the Guinness Book of Records) ought to have been kneeling at the foot of the Speaker’s Chair with his stopwatch for this momentous Prime Minister’s Questions. There were several records or firsts being set. The first coalition PMQs ever, I would suggest (I doubt whether Winnie or Ramsay or our David held such events). The first with Liberal Democrats on the government benches. The first with a party sporting its second female leader (Margaret Beckett was acting Labour leader after John Smith died). And it’s 13 long years since we had …

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Is this the next Speaker of the House of Commons?

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  • User AvatarPRoberts 14th Dec - 12:38pm
    Paul Walters, have to agree to differ on this point. That said Jo Swinson has gone. She got my vote in the last leadership election....
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 14th Dec - 12:36pm
    Agreed with every single word of this.
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 14th Dec - 12:32pm
    A progressive alliance can only be justified as a stepping stone toward proportional representation. It has to be remembered that PR normally means permanent coalition...
  • User AvatarRussell 14th Dec - 12:21pm
    I agree that Swinson's 2 big mistakes were Revoke and calling for a GE. On the first point I'm surprised that she didn't listen to...
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 14th Dec - 12:12pm
    Joseph - this is a classic example of not reading the post . It is not MY view that she was too young. I am...
  • User AvatarRussell 14th Dec - 12:12pm
    In NZ the Labour Party and the Greens have a Memorandum of Understanding (so you know in advance they will be in coalition). But NZ...
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