VIew from the House – 18th January 2019

Friday, 18th January 2019

HELLO and welcome to my weekly View from the House for Tamworth Informed.

In that fantastic film Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean, Lawrence is asked by his colleague William Potter why he favoured pinching a burning match to put it out, Lawrence smirked and said ‘The trick Mr Potter, is not minding that it hurts’. I think anyone following the news this week has realised these last few days have been perhaps the most tumultuous in British politics for some time – certainly as long as I have been your Member of Parliament. But what both the response to the meaningful vote earlier this week, and the response to the motion of no confidence in the Government has shown, is that Lawrence spirit of battling on without faltering and complaining, even when it hurts, is unwavering in the Prime Minister and Government.

As you’ll know the Government lost the vote on the deal by 432 votes to 202. This was not completely unexpected but it does show that we need to improve it to get it through Parliament. Theresa May will go back to the EU to renegotiate and will talk to other politicians to win them over.  But one thing is for sure.  The British people voted to leave.  Tamworth voted to leave.  So leave we must and we will not allow MPs of any stripe – nor the Speaker John Bercow – to try to frustrate that democratic decision.  We must end the uncertainty, especially for businesses and EU citizens living and working in Britain.  The deal negotiated gives them the protections they needed.  By voting down the deal, the Labour Party has created more confusion.  One of my Office team has a mother from Belgium who is really worried that there may now be more uncertainty. Jeremy Corbyn’s approach is to play politics with Brexit, which is wrong for the country, bad for business and very bad for ordinary people.

On Wednesday Theresa May defeated the vote of no confidence in the Government that was tabled by Jeremy Corbyn. For a man that says the Government is wasting time on Brexit, he should notice the log in his own eye.  At the General Election, he promised to honour the decision of the Referendum.  Now he is trying to wreck it.  He wants the Prime Minister to “reach out” to other politicians – then became the only politician to refuse her offer of talks. I believe the British people want us to get on with Brexit.  That is what the PM is trying to do.  I hope Jeremy Corbyn stops playing games and promises to get on with it too.

As we move towards Brexit Day on 29th March, I will continue to keep you updated.  I am very conscious that whether you voted to leave (and two in every three Referendum voters in Tamworth voted Leave, including me) or to remain, the vast majority of people expect Parliament to get on with the job.  So you can be sure that I will be pressing hard for us meet that deadline and get a good deal from the EU.  These are trying times.   But, to return to the world of Lawrence of Arabia, as the Arab poets say “this too shall pass.”

As always, have a great weekend.

Chris