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Councillor Henry Vann statement on the prorogation of parliament

August 30, 2019 5:00 PM

henry Henry VannCouncillor Henry Vann, Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in Bedford and Kempston commenting on the prorogation of parliament said "It is a complete disgrace. This Prime Minister hasn't faced the electorate and his government doesn't have a majority in the House of Commons. They claim to support democracy and want to return sovereignty to Parliament, but their actions show the opposite - they are trying to stop all scrutiny and just want to force a disastrous no-deal Brexit through. What are they scared of?"

Henry added "The suspension of Parliament will also see hugely important legislation like the Domestic Abuse Bill dropped, it will halt scrutiny of the Conservative betrayal of Bedford's rail links, and is all the more scandalous in light of the doubts the Tories are throwing over the status of EU citizens - ending free movement and not putting anything in its place which could seriously affect long-term Bedford residents. Bedford is a diverse town with residents from across Europe and further afield; any politician supporting the suspension of Parliament, turns their back on Bedford's history and heritage. Representative democracy is not about shutting up, it is about speaking up and fighting for our local communities."