Questions for our MP
Several people have commented recently on the failure of Newark MP Robert Jenrick to comply with the Government’s instructions to us all during the coronavirus lockdown to stay at home.
He gave a Downing Street press briefing to drive home this message, and a few days later travelled to his second, or third, home, in Herefordshire.
I would like to pose some questions to him.
In an interview with a national newspaper following his selection as candidate for the 2014 by-election Mr Jenrick stated that he was sure that, if elected, he would sell his house in Herefordshire and move to the constituency. What happened to this plan?
On his parliamentary website Mr Jenrick states he and his wife and three young daughters live in Southwell and London. No mention is made of his family home in Herefordshire. Could he confirm that his main residence is his £2.5m house in Pimlico?
I understand his home in Southwell is rented and subsidised by the taxpayer. Could Mr Jenrick state how many nights he spent in the Southwell property in the calendar year prior to the coronavirus lockdown, and at what cost to the taxpayer?
Could Mr Jenrick adduce evidence to refute assertions of neighbours of his Herefordshire property that it was used only as a weekend or holiday home?
In respect of his visit to his parents in Shropshire, could Mr Jenrick say why they could not have relied on their local pharmacy to organise delivery?
It is my view that Robert Jenrick should consider his position both as a minister and as a local MP. — ANDREW MALONE, Holme, via email.