Boris Johnson’s Conservative Government hit the ground running with a promise to ‘level-up’, following a landslide election which turned the Red Wall blue. In the two years since, the country has been faced with lockdowns, Brexit shockwaves,and the mass evacuation of British Citizens and allies, as Afghanistan fell after two decades of conflict. With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions,the U-turn on National Insurance, and new trading and defence partnerships causing fractures across the international community, we ask in our traditional opening debate of the year: should we have confidence in Her Majesty’s Government?
Speakers in Proposition:
Rt. Hon. Nick Thomas-Symonds MP
Labour MP for Torfaen, who has served as the Shadow Home Secretary since 2020. He has been a staunch critic of the Government’s handling of structural inequality, security, and the COVID·19 Pandemic.
Layla Moran MP
Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon,and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and International Development. She was a candidate for the Party Leadership in 2020.
Speakers in Opposition:
Rt. Hon. Sir Geoffrey Cox QC MP
Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, who served as Attorney General until 2020. Under May, he was tasked with negotiating the Northern Ireland Backstop,and later advised Johnson on the prorogation of Parliament in 2019.
Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland QC MP
Conservative MP for South Swindon, who was Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor until the September 2021 reshuffle. Prior to this role, he served as Minister for Prisons and Solicitor General.
Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees·Mogg MP
Conservative MP for North East Somerset, Leader of the House of Commons, and Lord President of the Council.He is well-known for his traditionalist attitudes and old-fashioned style in the Commons.