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Letter: Anne Milton Did Follow Edmund Burke’s Advice

Published on: 24 Mar, 2017
Updated on: 24 Mar, 2017

From Ben Paton

In response to: MPs Are Our Representatives Not Our Delegates

As a matter of law and convention MPs are not delegates and are not bound to follow the dictates of their voters.

But Anne Milton, by supporting the government Bill, regardless of the EU referendum vote in Guildford, did follow Edmund Burke’s advice, as quoted by Rosemary Morgan.

Burke said, MPs are not supposed to sacrifice their judgement to the opinions of their electors – even a majority of their electors. An MP has a duty to the country as well as to constituents.

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Responses to Letter: Anne Milton Did Follow Edmund Burke’s Advice

  1. Ciaran Doran Reply

    March 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Anne Milton has confirmed that she believes it’s better for the United Kingdom to remain in the EU.

    Regardless of Edmund Burke’s quote, she has voted against her constituency, against her own judgement and against the good of the country following the lies that were told to the population during the referendum.

    I believe Anne Milton voted against the way she did because she wanted to keep her job as deputy chief whip. I may be wrong but it’s quite alarming that someone who represents us goes against her constituency and against her own personal judgement.

    How can we now trust her on other areas of significant national importance?

  2. John Perkins Reply

    March 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    To vote against one’s constituents is not necessarily to follow Burke’s advice. He wrote “ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living”. That would of course include a political party.

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