MP Lucy Frazer under fire after using maiden speech to describe how Cromwell defeated the Scots and sent them as “slaves to the colonies”

13:50 07 June 2015

Lucy Frazer

Lucy Frazer


MP Lucy Frazer has apologised through a Scottish newspaper after using her maiden speech in the House of Commons to describe how Oliver Cromwell defeated the Scots at Dunbar and sent them as “slaves to the colonies”.

Ms Frazer, the newly elected member for SE Cambs, has come under fire since Thursday’s speech with angry comments posted to her Facebook page.

An on line petition has begun to the Speaker of the House of Commons calling for him to “immediately direct Lucy Frazer and the other MPs present who were laughing to make a full and public apology in the commons to the people of Scotland”.

The Sunday Herald in Glasgow today quotes Ms Frazer as saying that she is “extremely sorry for any offence I have caused. That was not my intention. I have the highest regard for Scotland and the Scottish people”.

Ms Frazer used her maiden speech to, firstly, as is the tradition, congratulate her predecessor Sir Jim Paice whom she described as an “honourable, loyal and principled man”.

But it was her later comments, when she described her constituency as being the home of Oliver Cromwell, that have landed her in hot water with the Scots.

She reminded MPs it was Cromwell “who defeated the Scots at Dunbar, incorporated Scotland into his protectorate and transported the Scots as slaves to the colonies.

“Now, there is an answer to the West Lothian question—but not one, of course that I would recommend.”

Some 5,000 people have now signed an ‘open letter’ begun by Martin Keatings, a political activist from Scotland, in which he accuses the MP of making “offensive and pejorative statements about a member constituent country of the UK”.

He wants the Speaker to “direct Lucy Frazer to make a full and unreserved apology to the elected representatives of Scotland in the House and live on TV to the general population of the people of Scotland.

“If she refuses to do so then she must be suspended from the House by the Speaker and the master at arms directed to remove her from the chamber until such time she is willing to make said apology.”

Dozens have been posting comments to the MP’s Facebook page including Ken Povey who told her that “if your maiden speech is indicative of ‘the charm and friendliness of the people of South East Cambridgeshire’ then I for one will make sure to never set foot within its parliamentary boundaries.”


  • What an amateur, and this is who represents us!!!

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    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

  • When it comes to Mr Wells' comments regarding Mr Povey I totally agree. Who cares? Must say I went to Scotland for a brief vacation in the seventies and have never been back since. Much of this was due to the unfriendliness I encountered and in some instances down right rudeness exhibited by the Scots. A lot of the present hostility shown to Lucy Frazer is of course purely political, simply because these days in the clamour for power anything goes. In no way was the South East Cambs MP glorifying Cromwell. I think as part of her speech she should have mentioned the fact that he was a very unpleasant individual and a dictator who committed regicide. I was not around at the time but our history books tell us that after dying of natural causes in 1658 he was buried in Westminster Abbey, then when the Royalists returned to power in 1660, "dug up", wrapped in chains and beheaded. Shows how popular he was with the English after his spell in power.

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    Polly Titian

    Tuesday, June 9, 2015

  • Pym was wetter than a fish's wet bits and as for Ken Povey's comments, suits me.

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    Frank Wells

    Sunday, June 7, 2015

  • I think that it was also unwise for Ms. Frazer to be somewhat sarcastic about the late Lord Pym ("Francis Pym - yes, a Conservative, but not always a supporter of his Prime Minister") who, when he was MP for Cambridgeshire and then South East Cambridgeshire, was regarded as a diligent and helpful constituency member as well as a distinguished Defence Secretary, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Foreign Secretary in Mrs Thatcher's governments.

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    Geoffrey Woollard

    Sunday, June 7, 2015

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