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Why Harrogate's Tory MP is wrong to back suspension of Parliament

September 2, 2019 12:25 PM

Judith Rogerson, our Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Harrogate & Knaresborough, has spoken out against local MP Andrew Jones' decision to support the prorogation of Parliament.

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Judith said:

"On Friday local Conservative MP Andrew Jones announced he is backing Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament until mid-October. Since then I have heard from many of his constituents who are appalled by this decision. I share their anger.

The Prime Minister has claimed that the prorogation is needed so there can be a Queen's Speech to allow the Government to introduce new laws on domestic issues. I doubt many people believed that excuse. The intention is clearly to stifle debate by MPs who disagree with his plan to force us out of the EU, no matter what, on 31st October. Mr Jones somewhat let the cat out of the bag in his statement which suggested that the real reason for suspending Parliament is to break the impasse on Brexit.

Whilst it is true that Parliament does not usually sit in September due to the break for Party conferences, MPs had been planning a vote on whether to cancel the conference recess. Over the next six weeks the Government will be making decisions that will have a huge effect on the future of our country for generations to come. Parliament should be sitting and having its say from now until the end of October.

Silencing our elected representatives is no way to break any sort of impasse. Boris Johnson is setting an incredibly dangerous precedent with these outrageous actions. We live in a Parliamentary democracy. Closing down Parliament is no way for the Prime Minister to deal with those who do not agree with him. I have a lot of respect for Conservative MPs who have spoken out against the prorogation of Parliament despite reported threats of deselection. They are putting their constituents ahead of their careers. I wish our MP would do the same."

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