Over the past few weeks many people have made contact to ask what my position on Brexit is.
Well, I have to say like most people I am completely exasperated, but I am very clear on where I stand and you have the right to know my exact position with complete openness and honesty.
I voted remain in the 2016 referendum and my personal position on that has not and will not change. This in no way means I don’t respect the result or hold value to the views of people who voted leave.
As we know, 61% of the Constituency of Kettering voted to leave and I have always believed it is wrong to undermine or ignore that. However, I also believe we are in a very different place to where we were 3 years ago.
Ideally a credible deal will be agreed and it will go back to the people in a vote to accept the deal or remain.
I do not believe in revoking article 50 without a public mandate, this in my personal opinion undermines the result of 2016 and completely disregards the views of those who voted leave.
Conversely I am also strongly opposed to a no deal Brexit. Our relationship with Europe is so embedded that it is simply impossible to make the break without working out the issues first, or as we all know it – getting a deal.
In my opinion holding such strong narrow lines is to completely disregard the views and concerns of half the residents of the Constituency.
I believe people have the right to make their choice without repercussions. I believe in earning the trust and respect of the whole community, so you have confidence that I understand and am listening to all concerns and views regardless of my own personal position.
It is very dangerous to try and fashion a General Election into a proxy referendum. Here in the Constituency of Kettering we have a real housing crisis which is leaving more and more families in temporary accommodation or homeless. Young people unable to find affordable accommodation. Our town centres and high streets are dying; they need immediate attention and investment. The collapse of our Conservative run County Council is putting the most vulnerable children and older people in our society at real risk. Our bus services are being desecrated, leaving many people in our more rural areas isolated and pushing up car usage. Air quality in parts of Kettering is posing a real threat to our health. These are just a few of the challenges we face in the Constituency of Kettering. A general election must be decided on the best solutions to all the challenges we face in our local communities …. not a singular national issue.
I will not be distracted from putting the people of the Constituency of Kettering first and delivering the solutions we urgently need. It’s time to rebuild pride.
Where do you stand on Brexit ?