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

Published on: 17 Apr, 2022
Updated on: 17 Apr, 2022

From: Mike Dent

In response to: Guildford’s MP Disappointed With News of ‘Partygate’ Fines and Hopes PM Will Correct the Record

When I bumped into Angela Richardson in Shalford a few months back, she told me to my face that she would wait for evidence before submitting a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson.

The evidence has now emerged so I sent the letter copied below.

Given how checkered her record of responding to legitimate scrutiny from constituents is, 50/50 at best I believe, it will be interesting to see whether she will bother to reply.

Copy of my letter:

Dear Angela Richardson

When you and I met earlier this year in Shalford as you canvassed on Station Road, you looked me in the eye and said that you would wait for evidence of wrongdoing before you decided whether you would issue a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the ‘partygate’ scandal.

You also resigned your role as PPS to Michael Gove around the end of January, ostensibly because of the problems with rule-breaking at Downing Street, and promised to serve your constituents by (I quote from your January 31st statement) “hold[ing] the government to account, as a critical friend….”

Yesterday’s evidence, in the form of a Fixed Penalty Notice, which was paid by the Prime Minister, was made public. This means that Boris Johnson has a criminal sanction that he has accepted. You serve a government and a party with a leader that has been found to have broken the law whilst in office.

Will you now put your constituents first and stand by your statements to me directly and to the constituency at large in your statement of 31st January 2022 and send your letter of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady, or will you break your promise and prop up a manifestly unsuitable prime minister?

Many thanks – I look forward to your candid response,

Mike Dent

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Responses to Letter: Will Our MP Keep Her Word Regarding Support for the Prime Minister?

  1. D Grainger Reply

    April 18, 2022 at 8:14 am

    With the major problems this country faces at the moment it is not the time for Boris Johnson to resign. I ask that Angela Richardson supports the prime minister. Lets forget about “Partygate” and let him get on with the job.

  2. Sam Peters Reply

    April 18, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Excellent letter. Just a small point – while Angela Richardson certainly tried to make it appear as if her resignation as PPS was linked to No. 10’s law-breaking by announcing the news in her statement on “Partygate”, she in fact resigned a week earlier. I wrote in The Dragon about it here –

    Sam Peters is a spokesperson for the Guildford Green Party.

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