David's House Notes

2nd September 2019

There’s quite a lot I can report on in this month’s column.

We have a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet and a new policy on Brexit. At a personal level, I have left the Government after nine years as a minister.

On my personal position, as I have consistently argued, I believe that the responsible way of honouring the 2016 referendum result is to leave the EU with a deal. In 2016, the Vote Leave campaign argued throughout that we would leave with a deal and I do not believe that there is a democratic mandate for a no deal departure.

As candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson made it clear that he wants to get a deal. However, he also said that we would definitely leave on 31 October, with or without a deal, ‘do or die’.

In my view, that is a mistake. Such are the risks of a no deal Brexit and such is the unlikelihood of reaching a new deal before the end of October, it was clear to me that I would not be able to support leaving on 31 October ‘do or die’. Immediately after Theresa May’s last Prime Minister’s Questions, I went to her Parliamentary office and resigned as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

It has been a huge privilege to serve as a Minister, first in the Treasury, then at the Department for Work & Pensions and, for the last 19 months, at the Ministry of Justice. I was sorry to have to depart but felt I had no choice but to resign on principle. But, of course, I continue as MP for South West Hertfordshire and, in that capacity, I will continue to play an active role in the issues facing the country.



David holds regular surgeries at various places in the constituency, including Rickmansworth, South Oxhey, Berkhamsted and Tring. 

Call 01923 771781 to make an appointment.

Friday 8th November, Tring
Friday 15th November, South Oxhey
Friday 29th November, Berkhamsted

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