BUSINESS QUESTION – ANTI-SEMITIC POSTERS – 3 February 2005

Dr Julian Lewis: Next week, I hope to attend an important conference on the Future of Muslim Youth in Europe. Does the Leader of the House accept that constructive events such as that are not helped by the use of racial or religious stereotyping in election propaganda campaigns? May we therefore have a debate on that subject on a free vote? The debate could be opened by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster [Alan Milburn], and the script could be written by the secret committee that includes Alastair Campbell and various close friends of the unlamented Jo Moore. However, by allowing a free vote, people like the right hon. Gentleman and his deputy [Phil Woolas], who I am sure are quite disgusted at what was done, would be able to vote with us and ensure that nothing like that ever happens again.

[Peter Hain: No one on Labour's side has any time for racial or religious stereotyping. The hon. Gentleman did not make this charge, but for the record I should have thought that that is the last thing that he could accuse me of, given my record on this matter. As he knows, the matter was raised in the House a day or two ago.]