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Press Cycle 5 - New Government
#31
I am extremely proud to be a part of the team which will bring a People's Vote, an end to the Hostile Environment, and an effective policy to combat climate change to Britons. With the release of our coalition and confidence-and-supply agreements, there can be no more doubt that the coalition government has the right stuff to protect the British people, and make the necessary changes to restore the faith of the world in our country. While the Conservatives continue to rant and rave about their missed opportunities, the Labour-led coalition government is going to get on with the task of governing. What was once "together we can" is now "together we will."
Rt. Hon. BARCLAY CALHOUN, PC, MP
New Forest West
Shadow SoS for Justice
Spartan Conservative
Media Darling | Campaign Guru | Socially Unaware
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#32
I never thought I'd see the day when a UK Government was held to ransom by Scottish nationalists but sadly it appears as though this is the case. For Labour to have ran a very prominent piece of election campaigning material criticising other parties for being prepared to work with Nationalists is very hypocritical given that it is the SNP who currently props them up. So for now it appears that the SNP are propping the gate to Number 10 open for Caroline Blakesley but one has to wonder how long this can possibly last. After all the SNP are driven by only one thing and that is a relentless pursuit of Scottish Independence at any cost and this will leave a choice for Caroline Blakelsey and her team in the Labour Party - be an impediment to a Second Scottish Referendum and to the SNP and lose their support and with it their hold on power, or cave into the Nationalists' demands and transfer powers to hold another Independence referendum in order to cling onto power at any cost. 

Given Labour's actions so far I cannot possibly say which they will do, but I do know that Labour have already sold out their principles in order to get this far, so what's stopping them doing it again. This is not to mention the fact that Labour are apparently quite keen on holding referendum reruns until they get the result they want - so that's something they have in common with their separatist bedfellows. But what I can say for certain is that this Government's days are limited and no matter what the Conservative and Unionist Party will not let Labour sell Scotland down the road to satisfy their lust for power, and we will not let them overturn the democratic decisions taken in 2014 and 2016.
Calum Wilson MP
Conservative Party
Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Conservative Party
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (2019) 
Shadow Justice Secretary (2019-2020)
MP for Perth and North Perthshire

Media Darling, Constituency Appeal, Maverick
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#33
Mr. Wilson should really address his complaints about Scotland's drive for independence to the SNP, which has agreed that they will support a Labour Government which has clearly and in no uncertain terms stated that we are not going to be holding an independence referendum. There's not a lot where we've been unclear on our positions, but no one with a basic handle on reading can point to anything Labour candidates or leadership have said and say that we've left the door open on a second independence referendum- because we haven't.

Labour's banner- which Mr. Wilson is referring to- pledged that we could keep the union together. By denying a second independence referendum, even with SNP support, we've already fulfilled one core promise of the campaign. Contrast this with the Tories' attempt to divided the union through their Strabane Surrender, which they readily admit would give Northern Ireland as many opportunities as they want to stay within the EU as part of their Brexit deal. And we're going to deliver Brexit as well- by putting a deal out in front of the people and letting them vote on whether it meets what they voted for in the EU referendum or not. Our agreement with the SNP lays plain that it is designed to give Labour the ability to succeed where the Tories failed- getting a deal that could be approved by the EU, that could actually be approved by Parliament, and which could be approved by the people.

If we wanted to overturn referendums we would have said so. But we made two solid promises to the people and to our partners in Government: we will come up with a satisfactory withdrawal agreement, and we will keep the union together. And we're going to honour those promises- because goodness knows the Tories couldn't seem to do both of those at once.
Alexander Milne MP
MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (2019-) | Labour
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2019-)
MP for Stirling (2010-2015)
Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury (2011-2015)
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#34
The idea that in forming this agreement with the SNP Labour is somehow “protecting” the Union is absolutely ridiculous, and all the spin in the world isn’t going to convince anyone otherwise. In doing a deal with the SNP, Labour has provided them with increased influence and authority which they will use to strengthen their case for Scottish independence. Make no mistake: the SNP’s signature political ambition is to achieve Scottish independence, reverse the will of the Scottish people, and break up our Union. The fact that Labour is willing to work with the single largest political force in favor of the end of the United Kingdom shows that their priorities lie with their political ambitions. They are strengthening the SNP’s hand, lending them political legitimacy after a crushing election defeat, and providing them cover to continue to push for the dissolution of the Union.

There is only one political party who has lended influence, credibility, and power to those that wish to tear apart our union, and that party is Labour. It is embarrassing to watch Labour politicians like Alexander Milne tried to spin this as a positive for the country when Labour spent the entirety of the campaign savaging the SNP and talking about the dangers of a second independence referendum. They have now done a deal with the very people advocating for that referendum, in order to wrangle over control of the Brexit process and ensure Britons are forced to choose between their watered down deal or remaining in the EU. What we are watching is Westminster politicking at its worst.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#35
I'm not going to stand before you and suggest that the Labour Party's unholy alliance with nationalists and remainers is some kind of illegitimate coup d'état. This isn't a banana republic, after all. What I will say is that Labour's plan to have a People's Vote where the choices are their deal or remain is a slap in the face to anyone who voted to Leave in 2016, especially to Labour Brexit voters. This plan, which has recently been confirmed, is unfair, but not unexpected. This is how Labour has always treated the EU and the democratic will of the people: as far as Labour are concerned you may vote, but you had better vote the right way.
Rt. Hon. BARCLAY CALHOUN, PC, MP
New Forest West
Shadow SoS for Justice
Spartan Conservative
Media Darling | Campaign Guru | Socially Unaware
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#36
If anyone knows about how boosting the SNP helps them, it would be the Tories. As First Minister, Alex Salmond couldn't do anything without Tory help- and Scottish Tories helped legitimize the SNP in Holyrood by giving him the votes needed to pass a budget not once, not twice, but four times. And this was up through 2011. After 2011, the SNP won a majority and passed legislation establishing an independence referendum. And it was a UK Tory Prime Minister- David Cameron- that agreed to let one be held. The history is clear- the last Scottish independence referendum would not have happened were it not for the Tories, enabling the SNP every step of the way. And for some reason now it's Labour that is somehow going to do more than the Tories ever did? We said no to IndyRef2. We still say no to IndyRef2.

I'm glad the SNP is standing with us to build a stronger, more prosperous Britain. But they're our partners- and Labour is going to lead the way. We're going to deliver for Britain. We're going to boost investment spending. We're going to end austerity. And we're going to form a Brexit deal that makes sense for all Britain. When it comes to boosting the prospects of the SNP, we'll leave that to the Tories- between their actions in Holyrood and the Strabane Surrender, they have lots of experience at threatening the union.
Alexander Milne MP
MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (2019-) | Labour
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2019-)
MP for Stirling (2010-2015)
Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury (2011-2015)
Media Unknown | Constituency Appeal | Campaigning Guru
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#37
(04-19-2020, 08:13 PM)Barclay Calhoun Wrote: I am extremely proud to be a part of the team which will bring a People's Vote, an end to the Hostile Environment, and an effective policy to combat climate change to Britons. With the release of our coalition and confidence-and-supply agreements, there can be no more doubt that the coalition government has the right stuff to protect the British people, and make the necessary changes to restore the faith of the world in our country. While the Conservatives continue to rant and rave about their missed opportunities, the Labour-led coalition government is going to get on with the task of governing. What was once "together we can" is now "together we will."

Comment made while still in Labour (just reminding myself for when I come to mark)
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#38
The Queens Speech has just been delivered. While I will respond to the Speech later in the house the Government advised that additional agreements were being printed and they would be published before the Queens Speech. Why haven’t the Government published the additional C&S agreements as promised? The people of this country need to know what has been agreed.
Harold Saxon - Conservative and Unionist Party

Leader of The Opposition
Member of Parliament for North East Somerset
Deputy Prime Minister (February 2019 - June 2019)
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#39
As Labour sell out our country to the nationalists to the North, they have did so under a false flag of hope and unity for our country. Time and time again they told us during the campaign that they would not go into Government with the SNP and others. They did whatever they could just to get into Government. They are showing us, yet again, that they cannot be trusted.
Michael Marshall | Conservative MP | Surrey Heath | Media Darling | Campaign Guru
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#40
The Tories cannot possibly be in a position to give this Government lectures on trust. This was the party that included means of selling the NHS in their proposed free-trade agreement with the United States and proceeds to continue to tell the British people that the NHS was not for sale. This is the party to claim to want to preserve the Union but categorically wanted to destroy it by putting a border between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Not once during the campaign did a member of the Labour Frontbench rule out working with the SNP. Of course, in other circumstances, we would prefer to be in a majority Government, but we are being pragmatic, putting the country before party affiliation and working to make the parliament that the British people elected work. At the election, the Conservative Party were the first to throw their own people under the bus, with infighting and struggles reported after they lost their majority. I will take no lectures from the Conservative Party who have a track record of deception, being selective with the truth and betraying the United Kingdom for the sake of an unrealistic and damaging Brexit deal.
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Labour MP for Derby South
Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs
(Rumoured to have constituency appeal)
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