Departing MPs make emotional final speeches in Parliament

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A number of MPs have said their final farewell to the House of Commons before Parliament shuts down tomorrow ahead of the December general election.

Labour’s Kate Hoey was among those who gave an emotional thanks to her staff, some of whom she has worked with for decades, and vowed that she still put her country before her party.

The MP for Vauxhall has been at loggerheads with Labour over Brexit, previously claiming it had “deserted those millions of Labour supporters in leave areas".

Today she told MPs: “I won’t miss many of my party political activists, I have to say, but I will miss my constituents.

"The one thing I said when I came in here, that my country would always come before my party, and it still does."

Meanwhile, Conservative Sir David Lidington confessed that leaving the Chamber after 27 years will be a “great wrench”.

He used his final remarks to appeal to colleagues to “overcome the ills” of the current political climate.

The former minister said: “I think, I hope, that the next Parliament will make a deliberate effort to avoid the language of traitors, of betrayal, of vermin, of enemies of the people."

He added: “I think that to overcome some of the ills that beset politics in this country at the moment will take more than an effort by members of this House, there will be things to be done by editors and by internet service providers as well, but a start can and should be made here.”

Fellow Conservative, Sir Patrick McLouglin, who has been MP for the Derbyshire Dales for more than three decades, fought back tears as addressed the House for the last time.

His voice wobbled with emotion as he concluded his parting speech, saying: “33 years, it's time to move on.”

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