James Forsyth

David Maclean’s dedication to Parliament

David Maclean's dedication to Parliament
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David Maclean has received a lot of criticism because of his efforts to exempt Parliament from the Freedom of Information act but we should all be applauding him and wishing him well today. I don’t agree with Maclean on the FOI issue but he does deserve a huge amount of credit for turning up to vote in the Speaker election despite being seriously sick and debilitated by multiple sclerosis.

It says everything about Maclean’s dedication to Parliament that he is prepared to come to the House in an ambulance and in such a bad state that he has to be attended to by two medics so that he can vote. You normally only see people attending the House in this state when their presence makes the difference between a vote being won or lost or a government surviving or not. 


Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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