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Wednesday 20 January 2021 Latest News

North Wiltshire MP, James Gray, rebelled against the Government last night in an important Trade Bill vote.

Mr Gray stated:

“Yesterday evening, I was one of the 33 Tory MPs who rebelled against the three-line party whip and supported the ‘genocide amendment’. This amendment in the Trade Bill, proposed by Lord Alton of Liverpool, would have given the United Kingdom courts the power to decide if a country was committing genocide rather than waiting for international judicial bodies to make that decision. Leaving international judicial bodies to make the decision simply does not work. The most recent example, and the one on which this amendment was drawn up, is the appalling human rights abuses in the Uyghur Region of China. With China’s Security Council veto, there is little hope of a referral to the International Criminal Court, and little prospect of accountability.

It is quite right that the UK should be able to rescind favourable trade tariffs to a genocidal state and I am still hopeful that a slightly altered amendment, perhaps transferring that responsibility from the Courts to Parliament itself will now pass. We must show countries like China that the UK will not sit back whilst they commit such atrocities, and demonstrate our support for those regions such as the Uyghur.”

Thursday 14 January 2021 Weekly Column

The excesses which are marking the end of the Trump era in the United States are symptomatic of something wider - the total failure of good governance. Decent government is all about making choices, taking decisions between or amongst competing interests and pressures. It’s about how you best use scarce resources for the greatest good for the greatest number. It’s about how you look after the weakest in society while not necessarily disadvantaging the better off or more competent. It’s

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Wednesday 13 January 2021 Latest News

North Wiltshire MP and Commander of the Order of St John, James Gray, spoke in the House of Commons Chamber yesterday during the debate on Defence support for the Covid-19 response. Mr Gray first thanked all military personnel for all they are doing and further asked of the Secretary of State:

“Will he also acknowledge the huge contribution being made by St John Ambulance, which is training up to 30,000 volunteers, to the highest standard, to be vaccinators? Will he ensure that

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Thursday 7 January 2021 Weekly Column

Just yesterday when I wrote this week’s Column I commented on a serious matter in the Westminster World - whether or not the current Covid-inspired arrangements were or were not good for Parliamentary democracy.  That now seems a petty consideration by comparison with the developments overnight in America.

It is simply inconceivable that in an advanced democracy thousands of thugs supporting the losing side should think it reasonable to invade Capitol Hill and seek to disrupt

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Thursday 7 January 2021 Weekly Column

It is quite right that Parliament has been recalled for a second time in this Christmas Recess to pass Lockdown Number Three into law. It is right that these things are scrutinised and approved by Parliament, not just by the Government. MPs must have a chance to raise specific questions about it all with the PM and Ministers, and this Recall is their moment..…. Sort of

For in a positively surreal way, the note from the Chief Whip recalling us all coincided with another note from Mr

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