VICTORIA PRENTIS MP CONTRIBUTES TO DEBATES ON SEASONAL WORKERS AND THE CHILCOT INQUIRY

On 30 November 2016, Victoria Prentis MP made interventions in two debates in the House of Commons, the first on seasonal workers and the second in an Opposition Day debate on the Chilcot Inquiry and Parliamentary Accountability.

On the subject of seasonal workers, Victoria said:

Victoria Prentis (Con) (Banbury): “I am reluctant to interrupt my hon. Friend’s fabulous speech, which we are all enjoying, but as a fruit farmer’s daughter and a fruit farmer myself, I feel it is imperative to ask whether he agrees that these agricultural workers are a fairly unique breed. They must be both skilled technologically and strong physically. The type of work we ask them to do is unusual, skilled and often back-breaking. As such, they are a group of people who need to be able to move around—perhaps even more than other migrant workforces.”

Speaking in the debate on the Chilcot Inquiry, Victoria commented:

Victoria Prentis (Con) (Banbury): “I was not in the House at the time of the vote, but I was a civil servant, and I wonder whether my hon. Friend would comment on the fact that the proper involvement of officials, rather than sofa government, could have prevented some of the excesses in 2003.”

Both the above accounts are taken from the office House of Commons Hansard for 30 November 2016.