Claire Perry, MP for Devizes _ Members’ cheers marked rather sad day for politics (From This Is Wiltshire)
Claire Perry, MP for Devizes _ Members’ cheers marked rather sad day for politics
12:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
It was right that Parliament was recalled to discuss the Syrian crisis and I know from my mailbox how seriously this issue is taken locally.
The decision was whether to approve a response to the use of chemical weapons that may have included limited, proportionate and legal military action, with the caveat that any such action would be put to a second vote.
As I believe that those countries that lead the international community must clearly respond to the ‘red line’ that was breached with the use of chemical weapons, I voted for the Government’s motion.
However, given that this was not passed, I thought that the Prime Minister was right to say that the country has spoken and to rule out a second vote.
Those who are calling for another vote, having abstained or voted no, are playing a cynical game of politics on an issue of crucial importance and sadly many of the members involved also found it in themselves to cheer as the result was announced – even while reports were coming in of an incendiary bomb being dropped by the Assad regime onto a school. A good day for democracy but a sad one for politics.
I have also received many emails this week about the Lobbying bill currently going through Parliament. A detailed response is available on my website but I support the aim which is to improve the transparency of politics and to give people more confidence in the way third parties interact with the political system, with the result that when organisations campaign in a way which supports a particular political party or its candidates, they will be required to fully record and disclose their expenditure on those campaigns. This Bill does not include campaigning by charities but it is a fallacy to think that all charitable organisations are apolitical and as they are pushing an agenda, it is right that their activities are included.
Following the success of my local healthcare forums last year I am delighted that local health professionals including senior representatives from the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Wiltshire Council and local NHS Trusts have once again agreed to join me at open meetings across the constituency to discuss healthcare issues. These will take place on September 23 at Wellington Academy in Tidworth (6.30pm-8pm), September 26 at St John’s School, Marlborough (7.30pm-9pm) and October 3 at Devizes School (6.30pm-8pm). Everyone is welcome.
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