No parliamentary pass for fascists

For the past few days we’ve been trying to get a bit of business through at the end of the day entitled “Access to Parliament (United Kingdom Members of the European Parliament)”. It amends the current law which allows all MEPs parliamentary passes, on the grounds of ‘growing pressure on parliamentary facilities’ (according to the explanatory memo) and the absence of similar arrangements for other elected representatives, e.g. members of the devolved assemblies.

Of course this would have the entirely desirable side-effect of preventing Nick Griffin from strutting his stuff through the corridors of Westminster at will.

This type of business goes through on the nod, unless someone shouts ‘object’, in which case it gets deferred to the next day. Christopher Chope, the Conservative MP, has been making a special point of coming into the Chamber each night, just to shout ‘object’. It’s really about time he explained why.

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