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'Bickering' MPs' failure and refusal to deliver Brexit triggers pre-Christmas General Election — Robert Jenrick

By Abigail Hunt

The MP for Newark said Parliament's decision to hold a December General Election was never his preference.

Robert Jenrick, Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, told the Advertiser the current Parliament had run its course and refused to deliver Brexit.

With the ballot in the House of Commons 438 votes to 20 in favour of an election, Mr Jenrick said MPs were consumed by bickering and delay, instead of allowing the country to move forward.

Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick. Photo credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

"Many MPs have tested the patience of the public with their constant parliamentary games," said Mr Jenrick.

"We need to elect a majority Conservative Government to get Brexit done as soon as possible and then address the other concerns people have, from investing in the NHS and education, to getting more police officers on the streets.

"I am looking forward to speaking to as many of my constituents as possible on the doorstep.

"It's a great honour and a real pleasure to represent the area.

"I'm proud of my record in Parliament of consistently voting to deliver Brexit as my constituents voted for it in the referendum and getting things done for the area.

"Most recently the £450m investment in the forthcoming A46 bypass."

The approved legislation by MPs means there is to be the first December General Election since 1923.

The bill is yet to be approved by the House of Lords but the election could be enshrined in law by the end of the week.

A five-week campaign up until polling day on December 12 will be underway as soon as that happens.

Sherwood MP Mark Spencer, Boris Johnson's Government's Chief Whip, was approached for comment.


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