Open letter from Renew PCC Alan Victor

Dear People of Mid Bedfordshire,

Have you already decided whom you will vote for in the coming General Election?

Do you usually vote Conservative like most voters in Mid Beds or Labour, Libdems or even the Green Party? They all have their baggage and, depending on which newspaper you read or TV news you watch, you might find that they all seem to care more about winning elections than doing what’s best for the country.

I would like to give you another choice. I have lived and worked in Bedfordshire since 1991, working as a manager and then junior executive running a pan European department, contributing to Nissan’s European operations. I took early retirement in 2014 to support my adult daughter through her cancer treatment and in June this year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer myself. Fortunately, we are both in remission now.

My background has taught me that success comes from hard work, expert knowledge and building relationships with people who can help you to achieve. Sustainable success also depends on truth, integrity and honour, all of which are sadly lacking in government in particular and in the House of Commons, in general.

Since 2015 I have worked, unpaid, as a trustee in a local charity and in a large pension plan. I would like to extend that contribution to society into politics because our incumbent politicians are getting it wrong.

I never expected to become a politician because I was too busy earning a living and setting an example for my children to follow but since the result of the 2016 referendum, I have seen that the incumbent politicians, especially in Westminster, are not competent to do the job we pay them to do.

The government, which has no majority in Parliament, has been trying to push through a badly defined policy without sufficient scrutiny to appease a minority of citizens who would like to leave the EU at any cost (not the 17.4 million who voted Leave. Many of those would not agree to the proposals on the table, if only they would be asked.) I understand the result of the EU referendum in 2016 was to leave the EU but it is the responsibility of our elected representatives to properly analyse the meaning and the circumstances of that result and act in the best interests of the nation as a whole. They haven’t. So now, the government is pushing for an election, to get the majority it wants to push its plans without scrutiny. You can elect the incumbent to follow tribal party ideology or you can vote for change.

If elected, I would play my part, as your representative in Parliament, to ensure any decisions were properly scrutinised and brought to fruition as quickly as possible. I would contribute to the refinement of a EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill so that it could be approved by Parliament and then given back to voters to either confirm or reject the plan in a confirmatory referendum. I would, of course, accept the result of the confirmatory referendum.

Hopefully, this would quickly bring Brexit to a conclusion but I must be honest and say that, to avoid decades of catching up with where we were, the result of the confirmatory referendum would need to be No. Then we could concentrate on the real issues that are affecting millions of us everyday such as homelessness, growing inequality, housing, the NHS and policing. All of these can be addressed when we have clear evidence based policies to grow our economy, grow tax revenue, truly eliminate the deficit and fund our services.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Victor
Renew Party PPC for Mid Bedfordshire