Thursday, 29 November 2007
This morning I went to BBC Kent's radio studio for a discussion on political prioritisation following the publication of my newsletter which notes that my opponent missed a vital debate in Parliament on Maidstone Hospital because he was undertaking his ministerial duties in Luxembourg. Incidentally if I was in his shoes I am not sure I would have afforded my opponent such free publicity, but hey I was grateful for the opportunity! The important point coming out from the discussion this morning is quite simply if you are a Minister then your constituents clearly take second place in Parliament. It is not the case as was claimed that Government Ministers cannot speak in the House - technically they can seek permission to speak from the backbenches on important constituency issues. Maybe he just didn't think the crisis in our local healthcare was not important enough to use this power. When I am elected, I know what my priorities will be!