On Friday I had the pleasure of meeting my new Member of Parliament, Grahame Morris, Labour: Easington, the objective of which was to introduce myself as a new constituent. Due to the fact that this surgery was, so I am informed, an ‘open’ surgery (no appointment was necessary,one just ‘turned up’ and joined the queue), time was somewhat limited.
The conversation ranged (briefly) over matters European Union, democracy and sovereignty. Grahame Morris informed me that he was a proud socialist and that, as a result, he had disagreements with his leadership over various aspects of policy; but as an ‘internationalist’ (his term) he was in favour of this country’s membership of the European Union. I also raised with him the question of two emails to his leader which have apparently been ignored and he informed me he would broach this the next time they shared ‘a cup of tea’ at Westminster.
Recognising that time was limited, coupled with the fact Parliament is currently in recess, he provided me with a ‘direct’ email address; a facility of which I have promptly made use in an attempt to pin him down on the three aforementioned topics.
To his credit he appeared to have a desire to actually help his constituents and has indeed been quick off the mark on one particular subject (one in which I have become involved by association with the person concerned), the result of which was akin to that of having prodded a hornets nest.
Time will tell how effective Grahame Morris will be and readers may rest assured that pressure will be applied on a regular basis.