Northamptonshire’s Labour parliamentary candidates have called on the county’s Tory MPs to oppose the silencing of Parliament.

Their move comes as the Prime Minister calls on the Queen to close Parliament for a month from mid-September, effectively forcing a shutdown in the crucial runup to the end of October deadline for leaving the EU.

In a joint statement issued today, they said:

“This is a constitutional outrage. It’s of special concern that two of the county’s MPs are senior ministers – one a law officer. They may have known of the Government plan and if they did and chose to keep it secret from the public who elected them, then it’s appalling.

“Here in Northamptonshire we have had our local elections cancelled. Now we have our Parliament shut down. This is conduct more befitting a medieval monarch than one of the world’s most advanced democracies.

“Parliament must have its say on Government proposals, as is its constitutional right.”

The statement has been issued by:

Beth Miller, Corby and East Northamptonshire Labour PPC

Clare Pavitt, Kettering Labour PPC

Sally Keeble, Northampton North Labour PPC

Gareth Eales, Northampton South Labour PPC

Andrea Watts, Wellingborough Labour PPC

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