You may have seen that last night Eddisbury Conservative Association voted against me in a confidence vote. I wanted to write to you to explain what this vote means for me, for my position as MP and most importantly, for you, my constituents.
While this vote was symbolic, it most likely means that I am not going to be the Conservative candidate in the next election. However, I am still your MP. I will continue to act to serve your interests and stand up for your values in Parliament. I will also continue to fight to ensure that our schools, NHS and police are well funded. I will continue to champion local causes like the Neuromuscular Centre and Wheely Bus. Finally, I will continue to stand up for those who need a voice and help those who need a hand in Eddisbury. None of this will change.
On Brexit while a couple of hundred members of the Conservative Association disagreed, I have seen from my inbox and postbag the wide range of views that exist in our community. I will continue to support any measures necessary to stop a disastrous and undemocratic no-deal Brexit. I will also continue to seek compromise and consensus to deliver a pragmatic Brexit which protects our prosperity and place in the world. However, I will also continue to press for a final say confirmatory referendum, to ensure that this is a democratic choice, not a Westminster stitch-up.
I have also been overwhelmed by the messages of support from constituents following this news. For each and every one of these I am hugely grateful. It is messages like this that remind me how important it is to speak up and do the right thing, regardless of the cost.
Unfortunately there have been a few less pleasant messages, from people who are not my constituents. This message arrived in my inbox this morning:
That politics has become so toxic that people see fit to send lies, abuse and even death threats to me is a sign that our democracy is ailing. However, I have always stood up to bullies, and these kind of threats will not stop me from doing my job – representing you.
Perhaps my daughter Sacha said it best at the vote last night, when she saw how unpleasant some members of the local Conservative Party were. She told them that “some of the language you adults use we wouldn't be allowed to use at school. We are taught respect, and values, and I don't see that in the way some people have behaved towards my mother. She has taught me to stand up to bullies, and I watch and hear as you spread lies and gossip about her that isn't true. You should be proud of her rather than undermining her.”
Rest assured I will continue to stand up for my constituency and my country. I will continue to stand up to bullies. Most of all, I will continue to do what is right and will work tirelessly to pay back the faith so many people have in me.