LETTER: Vulnerable are disadvantaged

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So Horsham MP Jeremy Quin is frustrated by the unelected House of Lords stopping the Government draconian reform of Tax Credits, despite it not being specifically mentioned in his party’s manifesto.

But is this by a member of the Tory Party that scuppered proposals by their 2010-15 Coalition Partners to have an Elected Second chamber to replace the House of Lords?

Is this from a member of a Tory Party with a slim majority which endorse a flawed, unfair electoral system that saw them secure 330 seats on 11.4 million votes, or 37 per cent of the vote (24 per cent of those entitled to vote) compared with UKIP which secured one seat on 3.9 million votes or 13 per cent of the vote or the SNP that secured 56 seats on 1.4 million votes or 4.7 per cent of the vote?

The same party that actively campaigned against changing the voting system in the last Parliament to a more representative proportional system, despite the fact that the Scottish, Welsh, Irish Assemblies and European elections are all carried out under Proportional Representation.

Or the party that removed higher rate tax bands, increased Inheritance tax thresholds and encourages Tory contributing individual ‘non doms’ and corporations and their tax avoidance whilst targeting cuts on the poorest in society?

So Mr Quin may dismiss ‘arcane discussions about Constitutional conventions as being best left in Westminster’, but represents a party that fails to endorse real representative democracy and fairness, whilst also supporting one of the most secretive administrations that Horsham District has ever known.

Perhaps he would like to address his undoubted talents to resolving some of those issues rather than seeking to facilitate the introduction of legislation that would further disadvantage some of the already most vulnerable in society.

L.N. PRICE

Smithbarn, Horsham

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