Support ‘makes a huge difference’
Damian Green: I have never been so proud to be your MP
DAMIAN Green has spoken of his pride at being MP for Ashford after a tumultuous week that has seen the beleaguered shadow immigration minister caught in eye of an extraordinary political storm.
After his dramatic arrest and raids on his homes and constituency office in Bethersden, speculation is growing that Mr Green will now escape charges over his involvement in leaking Home Office information.
As the political fallout from his arrest continued this week, Mr Green told the Kentish Express: “I have never been so pleased to be the MP for Ashford.”
Amid the furore, the MP said he had been boosted by countless messages of support from his constituents and colleagues and insisted it was “business as normal” as the parties continued to trade claim and counter-claim over the most acrimonious Westminster row in decades.
He and his family had been moved by the phone calls, letters and emails of sympathy and support that have poured in following his arrest.
“This support is
really important at a time like this, and makes a huge difference,” he said.
The MP plans to go ahead with an advice surgery this week and will be attending events in the constituency over the weekend but the police are continuing to hold computer equipment from his Charing home and his mobile phone.
The MP is unable to comment or discuss directly his arrest because of the continuing police inquiry. However, he has reassured constituents who had approached him for help that they would not be neglected.
“I can only apologise to electors if there is any unusual delay in dealing with an issue they have brought to my attention. I am doing my utmost to minimise that but am sure people will understand why.”
His agent Gordon Williams said the MP was in good spirits but remained “astonished, angry and frustrated” by what had happened and had been distressed by the impact of the raids on his wife and children.
Conservative party agent Gordon Williams