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.


26 SEP 2019

National Unity

Thank you very much for your email regarding the current political situation.

I was pleased that the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, found that the advice that Parliament gave to HM the Queen was unlawful, and thus that Parliament was not in fact prorogued. This meant that MPs were able to resume their seats in the House of Commons and get on with trying to prevent a hard, no-deal departure from the EU.

Parliament has recently passed a law which will force the Prime Minister to ask for an extension to the UK's leave date, unless a deal has been agreed in Parliament by the 17th October. The Liberal Democrats will do everything we can to ensure the Prime Minster abides by this law and will support further legal action if necessary. I have been asking questions in Parliament this week to try to ensure that the Prime Minister complies with the law although it is extraordinary that the public cannot trust him to do so.

The immediate priority is to secure an extension to our departure date, but please be in no doubt that the long-term aim of the Lib Dems is stop Brexit, because we believe it would seriously harm our country. We support a People's Vote on a defined deal, and this remains our preference but if that is denied by the government and there is a general election instead, a Lib Dem majority government would act to stop Brexit on day one.

In the coming weeks, if it is necessary to stop a damaging No Deal Brexit, I will support a temporary government of national unity. I believe there would be a majority in the House of Commons for a respected figure such as Ken Clarke or Harriet Harman to lead that Government.

I hope I have gone someway to address your concerns.

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