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Friday, 15 March 2019

Merton’s Lib Dems have slammed Wimbledon’s MP for the way he voted last night.


Merton’s Lib Dems have slammed Wimbledon’s MP for the way he voted last night.

They have tweeted to say Stephen Hammond broke his promise to oppose a no deal by voting against the Spelman amendment.

After the first vote on Tuesday night, the group issued us with this statement.

"It is deeply disappointing that Wimbledon's MP failed to take the opportunity to rule out a no deal Brexit last night", said Cllr Anthony Fairclough, Leader of the Merton Lib Dems.

"He was elected in 2017 on a promise to oppose a hard Brexit, and more recently he repeatedly stated that he would do everything within his power to prevent a no deal Brexit. But when it came to the crunch, he was found missing in action. People in Wimbledon deserve far better from their MP."

However, despite Hammond's abstention, Parliament voted in favour of the motion ruling out a no deal Brexit.

"Parliament has now ruled out both the Prime Minister's deal and leaving the EU with no deal at all", Cllr Fairclough said. "Brexit has become a shambles. The only way out of this mess is through a People's Vote, giving the public the chance to have the final say including an option to stop Brexit and remain in the EU.

"The Lib Dems have been fighting for a People's Vote to give Wimbledon residents the final say for more than two years. It is time that Hammond came out and backed a People's Vote too."

Mr Hammond sent this reply to Merton's Lib Dems when they challenged him to a debate on air last week.

Thank you for your email of Thursday 7th March regarding a debate on Brexit. This is the first time you have written to me direct to request this.

I have a constant dialogue with my constituents about Brexit, be it through responding to hundreds of emails and letters each week, or through my regular street stalls. I also meet with constituents individually to discuss Brexit, as one of your Liberal Democrat colleagues on Merton Council will testify. This came after one of your local Liberal Democrat activists incorrectly tweeted that I do not meet constituents in this way.

Furthermore, my website is one of the most regularly and comprehensively updated out of all Members of Parliament with my views and news on Brexit, this content is highlighted on social media and via my community email and I always welcome and invite comments on this. That is to ensure my constituents are always fully informed of my work and views. All this information is found at https://www.stephenhammond.net/Brexit

There can be no argument that my position on Brexit is not public and that I do not engage with my constituents on the matter. Therefore I do not see what a debate, which in reality is aimed at raising the profile of local Liberal Democrats, would achieve.

You state that your motivation to request such a debate is so that I can have a “bold and open conversation” with my constituents. This is exactly what I do week in, week out and is what will continue to do.

Finally, I do not agree with you that my position on a “hard-Brexit” has changed since the election, as I pointed out in my letter to you prior to Christmas. One only needs to read my January Brexit update in which I advocate “a Single Market and Customs Union style solution” to see that.

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