Peter Heaton-Jones MP
Working Hard for North Devon
News Update -
Date: 30th April 2017
Welcome to my latest Newsletter.
Welcome to what will be, for now, my final newsletter. Next week, parliament will be dissolved in preparation for the general election. That means legally I will no longer be an MP, and so quite rightly will not be allowed to use any parliamentary resources.
Because this newsletter is distributed via my MP’s website, I’ve decided to suspend publication. That way I can ensure I stay within the rules, as well as respecting people who may not wish to receive too much campaigning material in their inboxes.
However, you can keep up with my activities on Facebook (/PeterNorthDevon), Twitter (@PeterNorthDevon) and on my website (www.peterheatonjones.org.uk).
I hope to resume sending these emails after June 8th. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll understand and forgive the more-than-usually political nature of this edition!
Yesterday I was officially re-selected as the Conservative Party’s general election candidate for North Devon. The unanimous decision was taken by members of North Devon Conservative Association during a meeting at Roundswell Community Centre in Barnstaple.
The formal process came five days before the dissolution of parliament, which will mark the official start of the election campaign.
It’s been a huge privilege to be North Devon’s MP for the past two years. There is so much more to do, so I offered myself to the Conservative Association for re-adoption as their general election candidate. It was humbling to be unanimously re-selected by so many members.
As soon as parliament is dissolved next Wednesday, my formal duties as MP will come to an end and the election will be officially underway. But campaigning has already begun, and we already have a large team ready to hit the streets, as the photo shows.
I can’t wait!
What’s this election about?
The message in this election is clear: Britain needs strong, stable leadership under Theresa May to achieve the best possible Brexit deal, and North Devon needs a Conservative MP with influence in government and direct access to the decision-makers.
The alternative is a chaotic left-wing coalition led by Jeremy Corbyn. Some people say that can’t happen, but in these days of shock results and inaccurate polls, it really is possible. It’s just not worth the risk.
The only way to secure victory for Theresa May and an influential MP for North Devon is to vote Conservative at the general election on June 8th.
Compare and contrast…
I'm going to fight this election by putting forward a positive vision for Britain, championing North Devon and campaigning with enthusiasm and integrity.
By contrast it's already obvious that the Lib Dems will fight another tired, negative and disappointingly personal campaign, talking down North Devon's public services and our local economy.
They will also do anything to avoid discussing Brexit. That's hardly surprising since nearly 60% of North Devon voters supported leave, but it's Lib Dem policy to ignore them and try to reverse the referendum result. I support Theresa May’s positive vision for Brexit.
North Devon rejected the Lib Dems just two years ago, choosing instead to have an MP who has direct access to the decision-makers and can influence government for our area. This is not the time to turn back the clock and have North Devon represented by a minority party, consigned once again to shouting from the side-lines.
I will spend the next six weeks looking forward, and asking North Devon to support Theresa May's vision of strong leadership, secure government and the best possible Brexit for Britain.
North Devon Hospital
Last week I used a significant parliamentary occasion to again raise the community’s concerns about North Devon District Hospital. As I’ve said many times, any reduction in services there would be unacceptable.
I was chosen by the Speaker to be the final government MP in this parliament to ask a 'Business Question', which is an opportunity to seek a future debate in the House of Commons. I sought reassurance from the Leader of the House that any proposed changes to services at our hospital could be scrutinised in the next parliament.
I am pleased to have secured a commitment that the Commons would indeed have that opportunity, although I hope it won't be necessary. Remember, no proposals have actually been made - contrary to what’s being said in some disgraceful leaflets being delivered at the moment. Sadly, some people are trying to use our health service as a political football – they are ‘weaponising’ the NHS for their own political ends, to borrow a phrase from the last election. Well, the scaremongering didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.
I will keep fighting our case very strongly, as I have done for many months, using my direct access to the decision-makers.
Video of my question and the answer from the Leader of the House, David Lidington, can be seen here:
That’s it for now…
So, the general election is less than six weeks away. I think you’ve probably got the gist of the argument by now but, just in case.…please vote Conservative on June 8th for strong and stable leadership with Theresa May, and an influential and hard-working local MP for North Devon.
And thank you for the many kind comments I receive about this newsletter. I very much hope that normal service will soon be resumed.
Peter Heaton-Jones MP
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