To: Andrew George
Liberal Democrat Party
St Ives Constituency
22 May 2019
Dear Andrew George
We are writing to you with regard to the attached Local Constituency Pact recently published by Cornwall Progressive Alliance – please see the copy below.
As representatives for the majority of unions in Cornwall and their members we strongly endorse this initiative. Will you and your party commit to the code of conduct set out in the pact?
We believe that any MP or prospective parliamentary candidate who claims to serve the interests of all their voters and not just those who voted for them, should have no problem in signing up to this local constituency pact.
As you can see the pact makes reference to MPs voting records and you can see updated records here https://cornwallmp.org/
Mebyon Kernow have already agreed to do so and we are in touch with other parties.
We look forward to your response.
Local Constituency Pact
Putting local people and communities in the driving seat
To the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrat Party in the parliamentary constituency of St Ives.
We, as your local constituents, wish to develop a stronger more accountable relationship between MP and constituents. We believe that our MPs should be the voice of Cornwall at Westminster and not outposts of Westminster in Cornwall – here to represent local concerns rather than sell the party line.
We recognise the tensions between an MP’s responsibilities to voters, party or Country but we are entitled to expect that MPs meet their voters formally in public to explain why they have cast their Parliamentary votes in particular ways and to hear from groups whose voice may have been ignored or misrepresented. We therefore submit a code of conduct which we ask you to sign:
MP’s Code of Conduct
- My first responsibility will be to my constituents and I am prepared to vote against my party where I believe policies are detrimental to my constituency.
- I will attend an open, public meeting in my constituency every year and report back to my constituents on my voting record in Parliament. I will explain why I supported some legislative proposals and not others. I will also report progress on promises made at election time.
- This shall be on the condition that all such meetings are hosted by a third party and chaired in a manner that ensures I get a respectful hearing. A record of the meeting will be posted on the internet for public viewing
- I will regularly seek out the views of local civil society organisations who work for the benefit of the community, especially those who work with the most marginalised.
I will seek to work constructively with other MPs in and outside my party for the common good both of my constituents and the Country.