22/1/04 Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill

John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland) (Lab): I speak as an inexperienced Member of the House who is, furthermore, not a member of the Defence Committee. Although I am a lay person, I can speak with a little knowledge of the armed forces as in June last year I had the opportunity and the honour of visiting Basra with the armed forces parliamentary scheme. We saw at first hand the excellent work of our soldiers who were assisting the local population to rebuild their country and civil society after decades of misrule under Saddam. Everyone who took part in that visit returned united in our admiration for the British troops we met.

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21/1/04 Scottish Constituencies (Members’ Voting Rights)

John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland) (Lab):
It is an honour to follow the right hon. Member for Upper Bann (Mr. Trimble).

The Opposition have recently worked themselves up into a self-righteous frenzy about the voting rights of hon. Members north of the border. First, the hon. Member for North Wiltshire (Mr. Gray) secured an Adjournment debate in which he condemned as outrageous my decision to go through the Lobby, and today, his leader is not using the valuable tool of an Opposition day to discuss an issue of great national importance.
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