MP has rep­re­sented con­stituents well

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I read D John­son’s let­ter ( The Oban

Times, June 1) with in­ter­est. While I agree with some points, I was puz­zled at the com­ments about Bren­dan O’Hara, who has served for two years as an SNP MP for Ar­gyll and Bute. I quote ‘a novice MP adept at claim­ing ex­penses’. What does this ac­tu­ally mean?

The claim­ing of ex­penses is very closely scru­ti­nised so what is D John­son in­sin­u­at­ing? If D John­son has any ev­i­dence ex­penses were claimed in an ir­reg­u­lar fash­ion, I think the au­thor­i­ties need to know.

Ar­gyll and Bute is a very large con­stituency and travel needs care­ful plan­ning. Mr O’Hara was elected to serve ev­ery­one in Ar­gyll and Bute at West­min­ster so is D John­son say­ing that we should elect some­one to rep­re­sent us and they never re­turn to speak to con­stituents, hold surg­eries, visit busi­nesses and char­i­ties?

This is non­sense and wouldn’t be demo­cratic. Mr O’Hara has vis­ited Is­lay a num­ber of times over the past two years sup­port­ing lo­cal in­dus­try, vis­it­ing groups as well as a range of lo­cal peo­ple. This to me is democ­racy at its best.

We can ques­tion our rep­re­sen­ta­tives and give them an up-to- date pic­ture of what is hap­pen­ing in the con­stituency. Per­haps D John­son would like to ex­pand his or her view of what democ­racy means to them. A Pil­ley, Is­lay.

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