Please read today – A CONTRACT FOR BROXTOWE


Dear all,

Tomorrow, of course, is election day. Whatever your views, please vote – people died to get us democracy, you owe it to them, to our society and to yourself.

I hope you will vote for Labour’s Greg Marshall. He combines the warm, positive approach to politics which I’ve always tried to champion, with a history of service to Broxtowe which to be honest neither I nor any other candidate this year have come close to. He was born and brought up here, he’s a long-standing Broxtowe councillor, he’s never wanted to represent anywhere else. And he combines that with the best of the shining idealism which we’ve seen championed at national level in Jeremy’s campaign this year. A society cannot thrive without politicians who long to make it better, fairer, greener – a society which we can be proud to pass to the next generation.

I try not to be personally critical, but it’s objectively evident that Anna Soubry’s commitment has diminished. She has failed to turn up at any of the five Broxtowe hustings events in this election. After originally making great play of living locally, she has moved to distant Charnwood. After some genuinely courageous stances in the past on issues like gay marriage, she has fallen into routinely voting with her party on even the harshest austerity policies. I don’t think her heart is in backbench political life any more – perhaps because of Brexit. I wish her well personally but she is not the best choice available – and ultimately you are choosing someone to represent you personally.

Would Greg do the job better? I asked him to set out what commitments he’ll make as Broxtowe’s MP. Please read his reply – and take the trouble to support him if you agree that he’s the best choice.

Thank you, whatever you decide, for your interest. I take up a new full-time job next week (hey, I’m only 67, that’s no age nowadays) as Head of Policy for Compassion in World Farming, but I persuaded them to let me wait one month so that I could devote this month to helping Greg.

We have lived too long with a political sphere dominated by fear and negativity. It’s time for hope for our society. Please vote for Greg tomorrow.

All good wishes


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A contract for Broxtowe

Hello everyone,

I’d like to respond to Nick’s challenge by proposing a specific contract. If I’m elected I will:

  • As soon as MPs’ offices are sorted out after the election, I will ensure that every letter or email on a new subject from a constituent gets a meaningful response within 72 hours
  • If you’ve asked for specific information, I’ll give you an initial reply and then get back to you as soon as I can get it
  • Hold a surgery every month except August in each part of the constituency
  • Hold a public meeting in the constituency every 6 months open to everyone where I’ll respond to any question that anyone wants to put

The need to give fair time to everyone is important, so I can’t promise infinite time for any single person, but I can and do promise that I’ll be responsive to everyone, regardless of their politics. I want explicitly to be your MP, locally born, bred and active, not an MP who happens to be elected here.

And finally, when the next election comes round, I won’t indulge is this “incumbents don’t debate” nonsense. I’ll debate my opponents with pleasure, so that you can hear what we all think and make an informed decision about whom to support. In this election, I hope you’ll give me your support ass a fresh voice for Broxtowe, unafraid to debate with anyone.

Best wishes