Last in the queue wait­ing for Boris

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I HAVE lived in Ruis­lip for 14 years and have a num­ber of times writ­ten to my pre­vi­ous MPs on pol­icy is­sues of con­cern to me.

My two pre­vi­ous MPs, Sir John Ran­dall and Nick Hurd al­ways made a re­sponse within a rea­son­able time scale ie within a week or two.

I wrote to my cur­rent MP Boris John­son on Oc­to­ber 29 to ask him to ei­ther seek an amend­ment or jus­tify the Govern­ment’s plan, within the deeply flawed Hous­ing and Plan­ning Bill, to give large sums of pub­lic money (up to £90,000) to rel­a­tively well off in­di­vid­u­als to buy new ‘starter homes’, when the money could be re­cy­cled on re­sale to other help new first time buy­ers.

Hav­ing not re­ceived any re­ply by Novem­ber 26 I emailed Mr John­son seek­ing con­fir­ma­tion that he had re­ceived my let­ter.

I re­ceived an email re­sponse the fol­low­ing day from a con­stituency as­sis­tant as­sur­ing he ‘will be in con­tact shortly with an an­swer’.

Hav­ing still not re­ceived a re­ply on Jan­uary 3 I emailed again and re­ceived a re­ply from his of­fice man­ager promis­ing ‘I will es­ca­late this to­day for you’.

Still hav­ing not re­ceived a re­sponse and on learn­ing that Mr John­son was on a walk-about to meet res­i­dents in West End Road on Jan­uary 8 I took the op­por­tu­nity to ask him in per­son when I may re­ceive a re­sponse. Mr John­son ex­pressed con­cern that I had not re­ceived a re­ply and un­der­took to look into the mat­ter promptly. One of his en­tourage took copies of the cor­re­spon­dence I had with me.

Now over three weeks later I am deeply con­cerned that I have still not re­ceived a re­ply.

I was al­ways scep­ti­cal how well Mr John­son would serve Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip as an MP who has three jobs: colum­nist for the Tele­graph, Lon­don Mayor and MP for Uxbridge and south Ruis­lip.

The low­est paid of th­ese jobs is be­ing an MP so maybe it is in­evitable we are the last in the queue for his at­ten­tion.

PAUL ES­P­LEY Ad­dress with­held

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