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Labour disappointed by Speaker's decision

Published: Thu 1 Jul 1999 03:30 PM
Labour senior whip Mark Burton said he is naturally disappointed that the Privileges Committee will not get to examine the accuracy of the Prime Minister's personal explanation to the House.
"Labour have taken this matter as far as we can within the limitations of Parliament's Standing Orders.
"We believe that there was overwhelming evidence of conflicting statements by Mrs Shipley. The general public will also be mystified by this result.
"The public have already formed a clear judgement of their own. This Prime Minister is incapable of managing even a relatively minor situation. The veracity of her statements cannot be relied upon, leaving her credibility in tatters.
"This does not imply any criticism of the Speaker, who has to apply the rules and precedents without fear or favour.
"These rules may have to be reviewed, particularly the absence of any explanation of how or why a particular decision has been arrived at," Mr Burton said.

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