We share dismay

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 April 2013

I read with interest the letter from Mike Fairclough ('Dismayed by MP', Opinion, April 11).

My husband and I have supported the Tory Party since our teenage years. During that time I have been a loyal ‘foot soldier’ – especially at election time.

However, we are now so disillusioned with our MP and the weakness of his chum the PM, who appears to have rolled over in favour of the Lib Dems – the latter boasting to have achieved 75 per cent of their manifesto.

Our dissatisfaction regarding Europe has led us to resign from the Tory Party. We now find UKIP reflects our views on many topics.

No, Mr Swire, we are not fools or bigots. On the contrary, we love our country, and if a document reportedly despatched around Whitehall ministers by the Cabinet Secretary is true, “our ministers are powerless to stop EU-imposed legislation”. This really shows how much power has been handed to Brussels.

Unfortunately, we have been let down by lack of integrity in the Coalition Government as the deputy PM readily admits reneging on the boundary changes because of the failure to reform the Lords.

The View from Westminster (March 13), lambasting UKIP and other politicians in Europe, was quite unpleasant, bearing in mind the prior political experience of the writer. A poor successor to the late Sir Peter.

Sadly, the wishes previously printed desiring the resignation of Mr Swire, I fear will not occur.

However, an alternative is perhaps for Mr Fairclough or another reader with access to the internet (unlike myself) to set up a site whereby unhappy constituents could add their names demanding an ‘open primary’ to select our MP for the next general election.

Totnes selected Dr Sarah Woolaston by this method, who really has been an excellent MP.

In a week when we remember the late Margaret Thatcher, perhaps we, too, could achieve representation, not from one of the privileged ex-public schoolboys, but from a politician, who, like her, has the unerring kind of instinct to know what really matters to the majority of hard-working families, pensioners and middle class voters in East Devon.

Mrs A H Mitchell

Exmouth

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