New Forest East

BUSINESS QUESTION – 'REBELS' – 14 February 2013

Dr Julian Lewis: Given that an in/out referendum and cutting the EU budget are both now mainstream Conservative policies, may we have a debate in Government time on redefining the term “rebels” as people who are usually only a couple of weeks ahead of their time?

[The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr Andrew Lansley): In the spirit of remembering Harold Wilson – oh, the hon. Member for Huddersfield (Mr Sheerman) has left the Chamber – who said that a week was a long time in politics, I suggest that in rebellions, a fortnight is an eternity.]