As I am planning to write tomorrow in my blog and in my column in the Brighton Argus newspaper, that actions of the MPs such as those in Sussex need to be radically challenged. We currently have 16 Sussex MPs of which 13 are Conservative, 2 are Labour and 1 is Green. Thankfully the two Labour and 1 Green MPs have both voted against the Government on its appalling position in the last few days to try to support an MP who has broken several rules. Thankfully the Government had to do a U turn within a few hours of their votes success. As it happens four of the 13 Conservative MPs either voted against the Government in the case of Peter Bottomley on one of the two votes or refused to vote in favour of the Government on the two votes. These four people are Peter, Huw Merriman, Andrew Griffith and Henry Smith. Sadly two weeks earlier there was a vote by the Government to enable sewage to be released into the sea or rivers and along with the Labour and Green MPs, three of the 13 Conservative MPs voted against the Government. They were Peter, Huw and Tim Loughton and two others refused to vote alongside the Government. They were Caroline Ansell and Jeremy Quin. However six of the Conservative MPs in Sussex supported both of these themes. I will name them tomorrow. Yet the Government had to do a U turn after both of these votes. So we now need these six MPs to either stand up and challenge their own Government or we need to find a way of removing them in the next General Election and it is clear that several of them could be replaced if we had a Proportional Representation position based on their local voting position. While we consider that here are some of the comments in the Mirror today that make it clear that it is not just the Sussex MPs that need replacing.
Three hours ago Aletha Adu wrote this piece which includes these words under the heading of Boris Johnson will become a ‘former occupant of No 10’ over Paterson row, Tory MP says
Boris Johnson may fall into the camp of Prime Ministers that no one remembers if he takes takes Parliament for granted, Tobias Ellwood has said. The former Defence Minister said Mr Johnson risks ending up as “just another former occupant of Number 10 if Parliament’s reputation is damaged.
And 11 hours earlier Nigel Nelson wrote this piece called Top Tory says Boris Johnson’s bid to tear up sleaze rules ‘well and truly stinks’ with these words as part of it
Writing in the Sunday Mirror, former Immigration minister Caroline Nokes says: “I assume no member of the public was consulted before last week’s chaos went ahead.” The attack by the Romsey, Hants MP comes as former Tory PM Sir John Major launched an unprecedented broadside against Mr Johnson accusing him of running a “politically corrupt” adminstration. Sir John told BBC Radio 4: “The way the Government handled that was shameful, wrong and unworthy of this or indeed any government.“It also had the effect of trashing the reputation of Parliament.”
We clearly need a radical change to our elections using Proportional Representation!