By Paul Goodman
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Mr J.A.Prufrock (Grummidge West) (Con): The amendments tabled by the Prime Minister reconcile two key principles. The first is total solidarity with the victims. I am not afraid to say, Mr Speaker, that I am on their side. We need to keep before us at all times what the victims have been through. Gross intrusion of privacy. The harrassment of family members. Doorstepping. The theft of documents. Paparazzi. Details of their most private, personal and intimate affairs splashed across the papers for all to read. I refer, of course, to the treatment of honourable and right honourable members of this House during the so-called expenses scandal -
Greg Hands (Chelsea and Fulham) (Con) - Sit down, you bloody fool.
Mr J.A.Prufrock: I am extremely grateful to the Whip on duty on the front bench, who reinforces my call for total solidarity with the victims, by which I of course really meant Mr Hugh Grant, who was so splendidly portrayed by my right honourable friend the Prime Minister in Love Actually, and Sir Oswald Mosley, who as the House knows was spanked by Hitler. This brings me to the second key principle at stake - namely, unwavering support for press freedom. I yield to no-one in my total condemnation of censorship. Many newspapers are rightly opposed to the ECHR. It follows that they must appeal to it against these measures if they feel so inclined -
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