MOGG V MILIBAND: I Will NOT Give Way!
Jacob Rees-Mogg and the former Labour leader, Ed Miliband, had a firey exchange in the Commons yesterday evening in the debate on the new Data Protection Bill. Mr Miliband was speaking in defence of a Labour amendment which would have set up a new statutory inquiry into press regulation dubbed Leveson part two.
Mr Miliband argued:
“Here we come along today and we have the Government saying let’s dump this promise it is too expensive, it is a distraction, how dare they.
“How dare they to the McCanns, the Dowlers, all those other victims.
“How can we be here? I say to members across the House, no I will not give way, I say to members across this House, whatever party they are in, this is about our honour, about the promise we made.
“I give way to the honourable gentleman.”
Unfazed, Jacob Rees-Mogg responded:
“He mentions what David Cameron did and what Nick Clegg did, it seems to have escaped his attention that they are no longer Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
“Former MPs cannot bind their successors. A new Parliament has a right to consider these matters afresh.
“That is what is being rightly done today after there were countless police investigations and prosecutions, many of which ended in acquittal.”
The amendment was defeated by 304 votes to 295 with the governments’ majority a slender 9 votes.