A 250-word article for the Petersfield Post, Clanfield Post, Horndean Post and Bordon Post:
Like many, Iâ€™ve been surprised at how shambolic the Conservative Partyâ€™s national campaign has been. We supposedly have a â€˜strong and stableâ€™ Prime Minister, but frankly sheâ€™s been all over the place.
First, we had the shambles of the â€˜dementia taxâ€™: poorly thought through and an embarrassing flip-flip when it came to light.
Weâ€™ve had ever more evidence at the damage that Conservative cuts are doing to vital public services like the police, health and education.
And weâ€™ve had platitudes and no detail on what the Conservatives want to do with the Brexit negotiations â€“ and what they intend to do to offset the massive risks that the Prime Minister herself admits exist.
We need a change.
As your MP, I wonâ€™t only vote for the party line, Iâ€™ll put Meon Valley first:
- working to get proper funding for our health and social care services,
- making sure none of our schools lose funding â€“ and stopping any of them being downgraded to secondary modern status as the Conservatives propose
- working to block any Brexit deal that doesnâ€™t protect local jobs, local farmers and local businesses â€“ doesnâ€™t maintain full shared security cooperation â€“ and doesnâ€™t have full membership of the single market. I will also seek to make sure that the British people have a final say on any Brexit deal reached.
Even if the Conservatives win nationally, they still need a strong opposition. Please use your vote to back me and ensure that Meon Valleyâ€™s best interests are fully represented in Westminster.