Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


09 OCT 2019

Brexit

Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me regarding extending article 50. I can assure you that there are cross party groups of MPs considering all the options for preventing us leaving the EU without a deal. I agree with you that there is no deal that is better than the one we have as members of the union.

I am also very concerned that the Prime Minister is saying that he would be prepared to flout the law to get his way, that he has misled the Queen and continues to try to avoid scrutiny by Parliament. We are working very hard to ensure that our judicial and democratic institutions hold strong.

I support the formation of a government of national unity should there be a successful vote of no confidence in Mr. Johnson. Mr. Corbyn has a right to try to seek the confidence of the House in the first instance, but there is no possibility of this succeeding. The problem is that currently there is a large shortfall in the number who would vote for an interim government led by Mr. Corbyn and even if the Lib Dems were to vote to support him, he would fall short by around 30 votes. The question is whether, once his bid failed, Mr Corbyn would be prepared to come behind an alternative Unity candidate. I hope he will do so as this is a sticking point. I believe a respected figure such as Ken Clarke or Harriet Harman would be most likely to gain a majority in the House of Commons and I would support a temporary Government of national unity on those terms.

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