Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - TONY WESTHEAD High Street Old Amer­sham

THE re­cent criticism of our MP Ch­eryl Gil­lan for vot­ing to LEAVE in the re­cent Ref­er­en­dum is some­what un­fair and com­pletely mis­con­ceived

First of all, every­body has a vote in a ref­er­en­dum so there is no need for an MP to rep­re­sent the views of con­stituents.

While it is good to know now that 55% of Vot­ers in the Chilterns voted to Re­main, Ch­eryl Gil­lan could not have known that un­til af­ter the re­sult of the Ref­er­en­dum.

Each and ev­ery one of us was en­ti­tled to cast their own vote and have a say.

Our votes have equal weight and value with the votes of MPs even the Prime Min­is­ter

This was not a vote in Par­lia­ment where we might rea­son­ably expect an MP to rep­re­sent the views of con­stituents.

Ch­eryl has con­sis­tently done so with her op­po­si­tion to HS2 prob­a­bly at the cost of dam­ag­ing her own ca­reer prospects see­ing that David Cameron sacked her from his cab­i­net.

So far as our mem­ber­ship of EU is con­cerned the Ref­er­en­dum has given the de­ci­sion of the peo­ple .

All MPs go­ing back to Par­lia­ment have to re­spect that re­sult which­ever way they voted them­selves. Theresa May MP , Home Sec­re­tary and now lead­er­ship can­di­date , who was in the RE­MAIN camp has made that much clear

My only com­plaint about the Ref­er­en­dum, apart from dis­ap­point­ment with the re­sult, was the poor stan­dard of the pub­lic de­bate on the EU is­sue and the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions , par­tial truths and lies told on both sides- but not, I has­ten to add, by our MP.

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