Well it has been quite a couple of weeks In Parliament.

The main focus has been around preventing a No-Deal Brexit, which the government is now intent on pushing through.

No Deal would be catastrophic for the UK. Not just in the short term, as we face up to food and medicine shortages, and our manufacturing and chemicals sectors – all vital to Chester – being devasted as supply chains are disrupted. And not just for agriculture, as tariffs on lamb mean that sheep farming goes out of business.

Or our transport sector, as the A55 jams up because of delays at customs for lorries going through Holyhead to Ireland.

Or the peace process in Northern Ireland, as border checks are introduced, undermining the Good Friday Agreement and the peace settlement there.

And longer term, Boris Johnson wants a trade deal with the Unites States. But We know President Trump will not give us a deal unless we relax farming and food safety standards, and even open the NHS up to private American healthcare companies. The risk isn’t worth it for the UK.

What has been very sad is seeing a large group of decent and moderate Conservative MPs expelled from their Party for voting with their conscience against No Deal. People like David Gauke, ex-Justice Minister who had trained to be a solicitor at the law college in Christleton. Or Kenneth Clarke, the longest-serving MP, whose contributions are always intelligent and compelling.

I may disagree with these people on many issues but they are big figures who deserve respect.

Boris Johnson is now proroguing Parliament, which is the formal term for suspending it before a new Queen’s Speech. But this suspension is for a record five weeks. This is to try to avoid scrutiny of the government.

We also feared he would use it to delay matters further, so the UK would drop out of the EU by default with No Deal. Which is why both the Commons and the Lords passed an emergency Act preventing him from taking us out without a deal.

It is now down to the PM to go to the EU and get a good deal for the UK. Instead he has tried to call a General Election, which again would be used to delay matters until after the October 31st deadline.

It’s surely not in the national interest to have an election at a time of national crisis, with no House of Commons to speak for the people and check on the government. Elections must not be used as a ruse in this way. Which is why we did not support him.

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