HC Deb 23 February 1984 vol 54 cc970-1
Q2. Mr. Heddle

asked the Prime Minister if she will pay an official visit to Chesterfield.

The Prime Minister

I have at present no plans to do so.

Mr. Heddle

Does my right hon. Friend recall the speech made by the Leader of the Opposition on Monday in Chesterfield, in which he called for the immediate abandonment of Britain's nuclear defences? [Interruption.] Does she also recall that on the same day one of Mr. Benn's even closer parliamentary friends said that the IRA were not terrorists? Does she agree that the moderate majority in Chesterfield would rather be governed by a party dedicated to peace through strength, and to outlawing Irish terrorism, than by the sweet nature of Russia?

The Prime Minister

I saw the speech to which my hon. Friend referred. I thought that the Leader of the Opposition's comments were thoroughly irresponsible and even further to the Left than the Labour manifesto in the general election. The Government's policy on defence is the only sure and effective defence for Britain and the only guarantee of peace with freedom and justice.

Mr. John David Taylor

Will the Prime Minister assure the people of Chesterfield that the people of Northern Ireland consider those responsible for the murder of a British Army sergeant two days ago to be terrorists and not freedom fighters?

The Prime Minister

I warmly endorse what the hon. Gentleman said and thank him for it.

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