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Letter: A Standard Response Received from Angela Richardson

Published on: 4 May, 2022
Updated on: 9 May, 2022

Angela Richardson and Boris Johnson

From: Mike Dent

vice-chair of the Guildford Liberal Democrats

See also: Will Our MP Keep Her Word Regarding Support for the Prime Minister?

Here is the response I received from our MP, Angela Richardson. It is word for word identical to the response she has sent to other constituents.

Dear Mike,

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about recent developments surrounding the Prime Minister.

I would like to thank all of my constituents across Guildford for continuing to share their views on this important matter with me.

We have all been forced to make hard sacrifices over the past two years, and I share the frustration and anger of constituents across Guildford who have lost loved ones, struggled with mental and physical health, and were unable to celebrate occasions that meant a lot to them and their families.

It should never be the case that any Government falls short of observing the very rules that they have introduced to keep us all safe. Therefore, the news that the Metropolitan Police has issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for breaches of Covid lockdown rules to the Prime Minister is disappointing.

It is helpful that with the Met’s action, we are further along the line of establishing the facts in this matter and Sue Gray is still to publish her final findings, which I expect to be published once the police have concluded their investigation.

I have been consistent in the view that no one, not even the Prime Minister, is above Parliamentary scrutiny or observance of the customs of the House. I abstained on the Owen Paterson vote and have always stated my clear belief that MPs should be held to the highest standards.

Last week, I was in the Chamber and prepared to vote in favour of the motion debated in the House to refer the Prime Minister to the Privileges Committee to investigate the circumstances of the statements that he gave to the House a few months ago. I believe that it is important and right that all the facts are established in a fair and transparent manner. The motion in question was passed without a vote, however, please be assured that I intended to support the motion if pushed to a vote.

I still hope that, following this investigation, the Prime Minister will take the important step of correcting the record of what was said to the House in December 2021 regarding parties in 10 Downing Street.

I will continue to hold the Government to account, as a critical friend, on the issues that matter most to the people across our communities and continue to work to achieve positive outcomes for residents across Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Best wishes,

Angela Richardson MP

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Responses to Letter: A Standard Response Received from Angela Richardson

  1. Mike Adams Reply

    May 4, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    I also received an identically worded response.

  2. Stuart Barnes Reply

    May 5, 2022 at 8:40 am

    We are so bored with this nonsense which seems to be affecting both parties (in both senses of the word!).

    What we want to hear about is why Boris has failed to give us real Brexit despite all his promises. If he does not answer that question then that is a valid reason for demanding another leader and PM.

  3. Sam Peters Reply

    May 5, 2022 at 9:09 am

    My interpretation of Angela Richardson’s comment is: “I will do nothing at all about the Prime Minister and leader of my party, along with other ministers and staff, breaking the law”. I quite like the idea that Parliament has time to listen to Boris Johnson ‘correct the record’ on his years of demonstrable lies to MPs and the public though!

    I wonder if Angela Richardson will respond to my email asking whether a PM or minister found to have broken the law in office should remain in their job, or even be allowed to remain in their job? She seems so keen to skirt the actual issue in her stock response.

    Sam Peters is a spokesperson for the Green Party.

  4. David Roberts Reply

    May 5, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Interesting to see Brexiteers turning on each other as it becomes clearer by the day that the whole thing was a ghastly mistake.

    Amid the claims that, for all his faults, Johnson gets “the big calls right” (Covid? Cost of living crisis?), we should not forget his prime responsibility for the Brexit catastrophe.

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