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Summary

  1. MPs on DCMS Committee hold inquiry into fake news
  2. Treasury questions at start of day in Commons
  3. MPs to hold general debate on Armistice
  4. Peers start day in Chamber at 11am
  5. House of Lords to examine statutory instruments

Live Reporting

By Sophie Morris and Robbie Hawkins

All times stated are UK

  1. That's it from us!

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    That's it for our coverage of the Commons today.

    Earlier, the Chancellor faced questions on the increased investment in Universal Credit and the treasury's plans for a possible no-deal scenario.

    After this, shadow Home Office minister Louise Haigh asked an urgent question on police pension liabilities and the impact on the front line.

    Shadow mental health and social care minister Barbara Keeley then asked the second urgent question of the day on the long-term seclusion and deaths of autistic people and those with learning disabilities in assessment and treatment units.

    Following a short suspension of the sitting so MPs could attend a service marking the centenary of the Armistice at St. Margaret's church, the SNP's Marion Fellows then introduced her Child Maintenance Bill as a ten minute rule motion.

    Since then, MPs have been engaged in a passionate and emotional general debate marking the centenary of the Armistice.

    MPs now have a three day recess from the House of Commons and business will resume on Monday at 2.30pm with questions to education ministers.

  2. Debate to mark Armistice centenary comes to a close

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    Mims Davis

    Freshly appointed Digital, Culture, Media and Sport minister Mims Davis is now wrapping up the debate for the government, paying tribute to those that have spoken.

    "It really has been the most poignant and often painful afternoon," she says, particularly praising the "magnificent" speech by shadow culture secretary Tom Watson.

    She pays tribute to the Royal British Legion, mentioning her constituent Norman Brown who has raised over £1 million for the charity.

    "It has been heartening to see this house come together to pay tribute to those who tragically paid the ultimate price", she says. "We will remember them."

    The debate comes to a close and the house adjourns until next week.

  3. Shadow Arts and Heritage Minister: 'We should commit to ensuring it does not happen again'

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    Kevin Brennan

    Summing up the debate, shadow arts and heritage minister Kevin Brennan says it is "fantastic" that the debate has included comments from members representing all areas of the UK, as the First World War affected all communities and "we all must remember."

    "What we've heard has been an honest appraisal of the Great War, of all its aspects, good and bad," he says.

    Mr Brennan says he is "glad that the 1.7 million Indian personnel have rightfully been recognised".

    "On the centenary of the Armistice we should honour those who died, be grateful that the event came to an end, and be committed to ensuring it does not happen again," he adds.

    Mr Brennan says "we must not forget the role of women during the war effort, and the enfranchisement of some women.

    "These were the stars of the home front," he says, "it's because of these sacrifices that commemorating the war is such an essential event every year."

  4. Tory MP pays tribute to Quakers

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    Vicky Ford

    Conservative MP Vicky Ford is the last back bencher to speak in the debate, telling MPs how she first sold poppies when she was growing up in Northern Ireland, when there were armed servicemen in the streets, and joined poppy sellers last week in Chelmsford.

    She pays tribute to the Quakers, who took a moral stand to war and created the Friends Ambulance Service, providing a way that conscientious objectors were able to help. In 1947 they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she says.

    "Jesus said "greater love have no man than this, than a man who lays down his life for his friends" but he also said "blessed are the peace makers", and we must remember them, and we must remember them all."

  5. Tory MP: 'It is our duty to build a country they would feel proud of'

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    Stephen Kerr

    Conservative MP Stephen Kerr says Stirling's contribution to the war effort "was not unsubstantial".

    He says it is important that all soldiers and those involved in the war effort and remembered around the UK this weekend.

    "This generation put themselves last and community and their country first," he says, "they have us the country we have today."

    Mr Kerr says "it is our duty and privilege to honour them and to build a country they would feel proud of."

  6. DUP MP: 'I'm tired of the poppy being politicised'

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    Jim Shannon

    DUP MP Jim Shannon says it is an honour to follow "incredible speeches" from MPs, and that he is proud to have served in the armed forces, "I'm proud to have worn the uniform."

    He speaks of those from Ireland that fought, "the German bullet did not distinguish between Catholic and Protestant, of nationalist and unionist."

    "I am tired of this remembrance of it being politicised", he says, "and turned so that wearing a poppy is considered a display of allegiance...Wearing a poppy is merely being respectful."

    He says he is pleased things are changing, with more than previously did in on the island of Ireland marking the Armistice.

  7. 'Right for German President to lay wreath at Cenotaph on Remembrance Day'

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    Kevin Foster

    Conservative MP Kevin Foster says it is "particularly poignant" that many of the soldiers who died were under 20 years old.

    "This was a war on an industrial scale for the first time in human history," he says.

    Mr Foster says "bodies laid in the field for three years, in a field where so many comrades had fallen.

    "By the time they were recovered, most of those bodies could not be identified."

    He says "thankfully today Europe is a very different place, some of our former foes are now are friends."

    "It is right that the German president has been invited to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day," he adds.

  8. 'Our history is all around us'

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    Matt Rodda

    Labour MP for Reading East Matt Rodda says he, like many others, lost relatives in the wars and has found today's debate "incredibly moving". He mentions his wife's relative who died on the Somme and whose body was never found

    "Britain owes a huge debt of honour to the Commons and what was then the British Empire", he says, focusing his further remarks on those in Reading that fought.

    He talks of Fred Pots, the only man from Reading to be awarded a Victoria Cross, whose family he later came to know, "in a strange way, our history is all around us."

  9. Tory MP: 'A century later, every family is still touched by WW1'

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    Kevin Hollinrake

    Conservative peer Kevin Hollinrake says "even a century later every family is touched by the events of the First World War".

    Mr Hollinrake says "it is paramount therefore that we all remember these events."

    He tells the story of his grandfather's father who survived the war and stayed in the army until 1922 "he was lucky, but suffered the severe consequences of being involved in such a deadly war".

    "Today all we can do is salute the soldiers, and all those who made such sacrifices," he says, "today, and every day, lest we forget."

  10. SNP MP pays tribute to grandfather

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    SNP culture spokesman Brendan O'Hara talks of his grandfather John O'Hara, who joined the war in 1916 aged 17, sent to fight in 1917.

    He says he was injured at Passchendaele and tells MPs how he returned home, and of the life he lived after.

    "Ours is just one of the millions of stories that families across the UK have," he says.

  11. 'Women who made their own future after the war must be equally remembered'

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    Alex Burghart

    Conservative MP Alex Burghart says this week's commemorations of the centenary of the Armistice has made him think of his Grandma and her friend Ms H who never married.

    Mr Burghart recalls a census from 1921 which found there were 1.7 million more women than men in Britain, and how they were known as "surplus women" and "were told they would never marry as all the men had died in the war".

    "These women went out and made sure their future was not defined by relationships to men," he says.

    He adds that the sacrifice of these women "deserves no less remembrance".

  12. 'We should be proud of young people's commemorations of Armistice'

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    Labour MP Vernon Coaker begins referencing "a man my grandfather referred to as Sergeant Vernon Coaker", who was killed in 1914, and his wife's grandfather, who also served in the war.

    What would people like that think looking at our commemorations today, he asks, adding that "one thing we should be particularly proud of" is the number of young people involved with commemorations.

    "These people died because there was a failure of people to work together," he says, "they sacrificed themselves in order to win back that, but it also was because of a failure to respect those values."

    He says it is with great pride that he sees the conversations being had with young people about the need to work together.

  13. Lib Dem: Family involvement in the war 'a source of great pride'

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    Jamie Stone

    Liberal Democrat MP Jamie Stone says his grandfather's youngest brother Walter Stone joined the war effort in 1914 and was at the front of an attack on 30th November 1917.

    "He died fighting to the last along with those soliders who stayed with him, a source of great family pride," he says, "he was awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross."

    Mr Stone adds that "their bodies were not found, but it is hoped that the Germans may have buried them."

    He adds that he recognises many family names from the area when he looks at the memorial in his constituency as "it is a close knit community, and this puts it all into perspective."

  14. 'We must consider what we can do better in future'

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    John Redwood

    Conservative MP John Redwood says when he lays wreaths he will be conscious of the war memorials he can't visit, and how long the lists on them are.

    "What scale of loss that is difficult to comprehend and wrestle with," he says.

    He speaks of his relatives who fought in the war and survived, who tried to protect him from the horrors they had experienced when he asked them about it.

    "We owe it to them to have a proper analysis and discussion of how we can do better in the future.

    "I'm no pacifist...but we fought in too many wars and too often we sent our army into wars where they had limited chances of winning."

  15. DUP: 'I wear the shamrock poppy with pride'

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    Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

    The DUP's Sir Jeffrey Donaldson says he is proud to wear the poppy embedded into a three leaved shamrock, "with the shamrock representing Irish people who died fighting for the United Kingdom, which of course, we were part of in the First World War".

    "I wear the shamrock poppy with pride," he says.

    He says Irishmen should be remembered alongside those nearer to Westminster, as "there were 200,000 of us."

    "We have made progress in the last four years in commemorating and remembering the First World War and making it a shared experience in Ireland, for all parts of Ireland, acknowledging that everyone suffered losses," he says.

    Sir Jeffrey adds that "we fought in common cause for the freedom of so many in Europe and that should be commemorated by us all."

  16. Tory MP: 'We must remember those who died at sea'

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    Gillian Keegan

    Conservative MP Gillian Keegan says she welcomes the work of the Maritime Archaeology Trust alongside other organisations who are "spreading the knowledge of the forgotten ships that were lost during the war".

    "Many British servicemen died on the ships, and now the ships are their coffins," she says.

    "The Maritime Archaeology Trust are doing great work in mapping where these ships sank," she adds, encouraging more work to be done in this area "so the public have more knowledge of those who died at sea".

    Ms Keegan says "everything should be done to preserve war graves", and that whilst it is "fantastic" that centenary commemorations are so wide spread, "we must not forget the names and stories of these individuals next year."

  17. Sikh MP pays tribute to 'the largest volunteer army in history' from Indian subcontinent

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    Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi

    Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi says he wants to highlight the role of those who came "from far flung parts of our globe" to fight in WWI, as often they are "forgotten or understated in modern day Britain".

    Even in war movies, there is a "palpable lack of brown and black faces", he says, suggesting this is one of the reasons why "we are not able to effectively counter the rise of the far right that seeks to divide us".

    Over one and a half million people came from the Indian subcontinent, he says, "the largest volunteer army in history".

    As "the first ever turbaned Sikh MP", he says he feels he should pay tribute to the Sikhs in particular, "we are so proud of our forefathers."

    "Sikhs made up just over 2% of pre-division India," he says, but 20% of the Indian army in WWI. More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldier died in the First World War, he adds, with many in the first months of the war refusing to take shelter in the trenches because they felt it suggested cowardice.

    He asks where their war memorial is in London, adding that the government has now pledged their support for one.

  18. Tory MP: 'Each soldier should have their story heard'

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    John Howell

    Conservative John Howell says he wants to focus on how we should remember the fallen.

    He says in his constituency of Henley there is a choir who are commemorating the centenary of the Armistice and he sang with them at a Cathedral in Ypres, which was "extremely poignant".

    Mr Howell says reading the names of the individuals who have lost their lives "is incredibly powerful" and "a great way of remembering their identity".

    "Each solider who fought for our country should have their story heard," he says.

    Mr Howell adds that the First World War inspired the Council of Europe which "is an important institution which helps to uphold peace around the world today".

  19. Tory MP: We must remember all that die in conflict

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    Bob Stewart

    Conservative MP Bob Stewart talks of attending the funerals of men and women in his company who had served under his command in Northern Ireland in 1982.

    After one funeral, he says, he spoke with an older lady who was weeping outside the church, who told him that when she was young she saw eight hundred local boys enter the church, and after WWI "there were only enough of them to fill three pews in the church."

    "That lady was recalling hundreds of boys who certainly didn't want to die in battle...those soldiers had very little choice.

    "Of course we must remember them, but personally I always remember everyone, soldiers and civilians, killed in all conflicts."

    "Right now", he says, "I'm always remembering the soldiers and girls and one boy" who at Ballykelly were killed on the 6th of December, 1982.

  20. Hilary Benn: 'My great uncle Oliver's body was never recovered'

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    Hilary Benn

    Labour MP Hilary Benn says he wants to talk about his great uncle Oliver who never came home from the war.

    Mr Benn says Oliver was posted missing after a battle, and all of his mothers letters were sent back to her.

    He says his son has compiled these unreceived letters into a book to learn more about his great uncle Oliver.

    "His body was never found, he was 38 years old," Mr Benn says, wiping a tear from his eye.

    He also pays his respects to George Ellison from Leeds who died at 9.30am "just an hour and a half before the armistice".

    "May those who fell forever rest in peace, as we who are left will always remember them."