Government should be run for the benefit of the country  –  not the benefit of a political party.

And just now it seems as if it’s being run for the benefit of the Tory Party.  We have a Prime Minister who is gambling with our livelihoods and our futures through his determination to ram through a no-deal Brexit.  He’s so determined that he’s prepared to silence Parliament and bully his own MPs. He’s even interrupted the Queen’s holiday in Balmoral to ask her to agree to shut Parliament down.

And it’s all been about what is going to best suit the interests of his brand of Conservatism. It favours the very rich – remember this is the Prime Minister who declared that he earned £240,000 a year from writing a newspaper column.

The silence from the local Tory MPs in Northampton is startling.

I don’t think that’s good enough.

We should be hearing explanations of why they are supporting this bully-boy Government that is forcing good moderate Tories out. I served on the Treasury Select Committee with David Gauke and know him to be a decent, principled man, even though I disagreed with his politics. To see him under fire from extremist Tories is appalling. The same applies to Justine Greening, who has now said she won’t stand again.

Britain is the best country in the world. One of the things that makes it so is our wonderful democracy which is based on our Parliament. It provides the stability for our economy and well-being.  It’s taken centuries to build up.  Don’t let the Tories trash it.

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