Last in the queue waiting for Boris
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