Thanks for elect­ing me as MP once more

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I would like to say a sin­cere thank you to the peo­ple of Ar­gyll and Bute for re-elect­ing me as Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

Re­gard­less of where you put your cross on the bal­lot pa­per (or not), I am your MP and I will, as I have done pre­vi­ously, rep­re­sent ev­ery­one in this con­stituency equally.

Throughout the cam­paign I promised that the eco­nomic re­gen­er­a­tion of Ar­gyll and Bute would be my num­ber one pri­or­ity and I in­tend to work with any­one and ev­ery­one to make good on that pledge, re­gard­less of the po­lit­i­cal chaos that now en­gulfs West­min­ster in the af­ter­math of the vote.

It seems ridicu­lous we have all been through the up­heaval and un­cer­tainty of an un­nec­es­sary gen­eral elec­tion, only to have ended up in a worse place than when we started.

The de­ci­sion to hold a snap elec­tion was noth­ing more than a cyn­i­cal and op­por­tunis­tic at­tempt by Theresa May to strengthen a ma­jor­ity she al­ready had and, in the process, crush the op­po­si­tion. She put the in­ter­est of the Con­ser­va­tive Party ahead of the coun­try and it has back­fired spec­tac­u­larly.

From hav­ing a healthy, work­ing ma­jor­ity, her lame-duck gov­ern­ment now has to rely on MPs from the Demo­cratic Union­ist Party (DUP), of all peo­ple, for her to run a mi­nor­ity ad­min­is­tra­tion. And I shud­der to think what price the DUP will de­mand in re­turn for that sup­port.

Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gan this week and I fear the UK is now se­verely com­pro­mised as we start th­ese dis­cus­sions and I re­main fear­ful of the out­come for Scot­land.

The SNP has said from the out­set we want a seat at the Brexit ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble to pro­tect Scot­land from Mrs May’s hard-Brexit stance.

I hope that in light of the dis­as­trous per­for­mance of the Con­ser­va­tive Party last week, the gov­ern­ment will now see the sense of hav­ing Scot­tish voices in those ne­go­ti­a­tions to pro­tect Scot­land’s vi­tal na­tional in­ter­est. Bren­dan O’Hara, MP for Ar­gyll and Bute.

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