With Brexit and our future relationship with the European Union continuing to dominate the political landscape at Westminster, many a robust view has been voiced and I am sure for many at home there are similar discussions taking place too.
It has always been my belief that our decision to leave the European Union following the 2016 Referendum should be respected, and that my responsibility as your Member of Parliament is to honour that result and deliver on its outcome. That is why I voted to trigger Article-50 and I voted for the European Union Withdrawal Bill, as part of the process of leaving the European Union.
Last week I voted for the EU Withdrawal Agreement because I want to ensure the United Kingdom leaves the European Union at 11pm on 29th March 2019. I voted for the deal because it protects jobs, security and the integrity of our United Kingdom, but most importantly because it delivers on our commitment to leave the European Union.
The 2016 referendum was the largest democratic exercise this country has ever undergone. To deny its legitimacy or frustrate its result threatens public trust in our democracy.
For over two years our Prime Minister has worked unceasingly to deliver a deal that ensures we leave the European Union. Throughout that process she has treated the European Union with nothing but respect and although time is short, it is now beholden upon the European Union and all of us in Parliament to work together to find a way to deliver on the result of the Referendum.
Closer to home and in Streetly we are fortunate to benefit from Sutton Park, which is an excellent local amenity. As constituents may be aware, Birmingham City Council is currently holding an informal consultation about the introduction of further car parking charges. I have reservations about these proposed changes and the impact they will have upon access to the Park for my constituents. I am also very disappointed to learn of the failure to consult Walsall Borough Council about the impact that these changes will have on residents, and residential streets, across Streetly.
I have made representations to Birmingham City Council and I would encourage residents from across Streetly, who are affected, to do the same.
Meanwhile my constituency highlights of 2019 have already begun with the opening night of Pantomime at Aldridge Youth Theatre. An evening of fun as they performed “Robinson Crusoe”, written by the ever entertaining Neville Ellis. With the Grunting Gorilla, Bonny from Bloxwich, and Brandy the Parrot to name but a few from the outstanding cast, everyone was superb. And let’s not forget the musicians and all those who worked in the background to make it yet another wonderful evening. Performances run until January 25th. It’s well worth a visit! Oh yes it is!
This article was first published in the Sutton Observer on 25 January 2019.