In the wake of the Queen’s Speech, Labour’s Mid Beds Parliamentary Candidate, Rhiannon Meades, has written to MP Nadine Dorries, asking her to respond to a range of concerns raised by Mid Beds voters, both during and since the recent general election campaign. Given that many of the Conservative election manifesto commitments have been dropped, Rhiannon has asked Nadine to explain what this will mean for Mid Beds.
General Election and Queen’s Speech
Let me start this letter by congratulating you on your re-election as the Member of Parliament for Mid-Bedfordshire. To be elected as a Member of Parliament is a great honour and privilege.
Over the campaign period I met many residents across the constituency, as the Labour Candidate. I expect you did too. I was encouraged by their commitment to the democratic process and their views on the full range of public policy issues. Many parents spoke to me about their concerns that planned cuts to schools’ budgets will harm their children’s education. The proposals for social care caused a great deal of anxiety for many elderly residents. Business owners shared their worries about Brexit, business rates and much more. I also heard about many cases of unfair hardship created by the Government’s so called ‘welfare reforms’. There are many people who are worried about the future of the NHS as a whole and how the STP for Bedford, Milton Keynes and Luton in particular will impact on services vital for the people of Mid-Bedfordshire.
The overall election result has led to a very weak minority Government. This has meant that Mrs. May has had to drop many of your Conservative Manifesto pledges, including the social care ‘dementia tax’ proposal, and to amend others. I believe, as the local Conservative Party M.P. who told the electorate that you were standing for and with Mrs. May, you should publicly explain to the electors and businesses of Mid-Bedfordshire what the revised Government programme will mean for them and their communities.
Over the last two weeks especially since the Queen’s Speech and deal between your Party and the D.U.P. I have been approached by residents and businesses concerned about the costs to our country of such a deal monetarily, socially, and morally. How can the Good Friday Agreement be defended without an impartial UK Government?
I believe that these electors also want to know that you will support an end to austerity and, furthermore, you will seek to persuade the Chancellor and Prime Minister to change economic policy, reverse elements of the ‘welfare reforms’ and invest in core public services including the police, schools, children’s services, decent social housing and the NHS. Given recent tragic events there is undoubtedly less, if any, enthusiasm for more deregulation and a smaller state.
On behalf of the 17,953 electors, who voted for me and The Labour Party, and those who did not, I am asking you to respond to the issues raised in this letter. People deserve to know that their M.P. will speak and act for them; and to know what her views are in this ever changing and unstable political situation. In the interests of transparency, accountability and public interest I am making this letter available to the local media and other stakeholders.
I look forward to your response and a continued productive correspondence.
Best wishes, your constituent,
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Mid-Bedfordshire, June 2017
As soon as we receive a response, we’ll let you know…