MP Matt Western writes for The Observer in Westminster Diary - The Leamington Observer

MP Matt Western writes for The Observer in Westminster Diary

Leamington Editorial 2nd Sep, 2019   0

Over summer recess, I signed a letter to the Prime Minister demanding that he recall Parliament early in the wake of the Operation Yellowhammer document, which noted the potential of medical and food shortages in the event of a no deal Brexit.

I have also signed the ‘church declaration’, a cross-party effort that is resisting attempts by the government to stop Parliament from sitting in the run up to the 31st October deadline.

It’s an encouraging sign that many different parties are working together in good faith in an attempt to stop Johnson’s government inflicting a disastrous No Deal on the country, and worst of all, forcing this through Parliament by suspending it.

This abuse of power would undermine parliamentary democracy – and does not ‘take back control’ whatsoever. I do not believe the majority of the country voted for a No Deal Brexit, which would be catastrophic for industry in the West Midlands.

Many of my constituents work in the automotive industry, and we should be heeding warnings from industry bosses. Instead, Johnson is simply sticking his head in the sand.

I would also like to congratulate all students who received their GCSE results earlier this month. I have no doubt that you have all worked very hard to get the grades you deserve. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours as you begin think about your next chapters in both education and life.

It’s also great to hear that the Leamington Assembly has been taken over and is reopening next month. We are all aware of its iconic status in the town and importance to the community and local economy.

I’m glad that the new operators recognise this and are already planning on bringing back brilliant live events to Leamington in 2019. It’s a venue that has attracted world class bands and gig-goers from across the region and country, and it would have been a deep shame if it ended up closing permanently.

Matt Western

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