Iain Duncan Smith highlights the informality of MPs’ pairing arrangements

23rd July 2018

During a debate on pairing arrangements, Iain Duncan Smith highlights the fact that it has only ever been an informal arrangement and it must only ever be regarded as such and mistakes will be made.

The key is that this is an informal arrangement and it will always remain so. Mistakes will be made on both sides of the House—that is what happens. I was not allowed to have a pair for my father-in-law’s funeral. My duty was to be here to vote and I stayed here, notwithstanding the fact that I would have liked to have been at his funeral. A lot of nonsense is being talked at the moment. May I also say that the Chief Whip is doing an excellent job?

I am very grateful to my right hon. Friend.

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