David’s House Notes

1st November 2019

Much can happen between the time I write these pieces and the time you read them.  That may never be more true than this month.

At the time of writing, Prime Minister Johnson is negotiating with the EU attempting to reach a deal so that we have left the EU by 31 October.  By the time you read this, a deal may or may not have been reached; we may or may not have left the EU; and the Prime Minister may or may not be Boris Johnson.

I will stick my neck out and say that I think we will still be in the EU on 1 November, Boris Johnson will still be Prime Minister but I am very uncertain as to where we will be with a deal.  However, as no one has accurately predicted every twist and turn of this saga, I may be wrong.

I wrote last month about losing the Conservative whip and I am very grateful for the very many messages of support I have received from constituents since that happened.

Obviously, others disagree with the position I took.  I respect that view but, as I have said before, Brexit is not an issue in which it is possible to please all of the people all of the time.

A brief word on another issue that causes some local disagreement – hospitals.  The Government has recently announced £400m for redeveloping Watford Hospital.  Some will argue that the money would be spent on a new hospital on a greenfield site, although that might not be affordable.  On balance, I think there is a lot to be said for the ‘bird in the hand’ approach and ensuring we get the much needed local investment as quickly as possible.

I hope to return to this subject shortly.


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