Sup­port ‘makes a huge dif­fer­ence’

Damian Green: I have never been so proud to be your MP

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Mp’s Arrest Sparks Outrage - by po­lit­i­cal ed­i­tor Paul Fran­cis

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.

Damian Green

Con­ser­va­tive party agent Gor­don Wil­liams

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