Thanks for electing me as MP once more
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.