17th Sep, 2019

Campaign group Led by Donkeys targets Bromsgrove MP over 'hypocrisy'

Harry Leach 29th Aug, 2019 Updated: 30th Aug, 2019

A GIANT video-screen showing Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid saying “you don’t deliver democracy by trashing democracy,” has been driving around Bromsgrove today.

The town’s MP is the latest politician to be targeted by anti-Brexit campaign group ‘Led by Donkeys’, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement he will look to suspend parliament.

The video shows Mr Javid talking on Channel 4 during his Conservative leadership bid earlier this summer.

The video has amassed thousands of views on Twitter page @ByDonkeys in a short amount of time.

A giant video screen was also in Michael Gove’s constituency, Surrey Heath, today, reminding people that he was against prorogation for a no-deal Brexit just two months ago.

A spokesperson for Led by Donkeys said: “We started our page in January this year and everything we do is entirely crowd funded.

“Our aim is to remind local people what politicians have said and in particular their promises and opinions which they have failed to live up to.

“A lot of people on Bromsgrove High Street were stopping to look at the video.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday morning he would be suspending Parliament.

There will be a new Parliamentary session from October 14 with the UK scheduled to leave the European Union on October 31.

The PM argues a new Parliamentary session needs to be opened so the Government can map out its domestic agenda for the term, which includes investing in the NHS, dealing with violent crime and cutting the cost of living.

Mr Javid said: “We are currently in the longest Parliamentary session in almost 400 years and it’s crucial that we put a bold and ambitious domestic programme to MPs so that we can deliver on people’s priorities across the country.

“To do this we need a Queen’s Speech.

“This is about providing Parliament with a new legislative programme that will help the NHS, fight crime, invest in infrastructure and cut the cost of living.

“As we have said previously, prorogation to suspend Parliament, to block MPs further consideration of Brexit is not something we support.

“MPs will sit next week, the week after, the week before EU Council, and two weeks after.

“Not only that, but the Government will put its entire domestic agenda, and inevitably its approach to Brexit, to the vote as part of the Queen’s Speech, with major votes on Monday and Tuesday, October 21 and 22.”

Another county MP Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire) has also defended the proroguing of Parliament.

He told The Standard he felt there had been a misunderstanding surrounding the proroguing of Parliament as the conference recess was due to start in mid-September and run until October and it was only a few extra days MPs would be away.

“Labour has been repeatedly saying we need a Queen’s Speech and we do – there is usually one every year.

“This has been the longest Parliamentary session in 400 years and this Government, with a new Prime Minister, needs the Queen’s Speech so we can clearly map out our domestic agenda.

“Brexit has already been discussed at length and there will be plenty of time before the recess and after it to debate the issues surrounding it.

“Also, the EU Council meeting takes place on October 17 and 18 so we can discuss that as well when Parliament returns.”

He said he, the Prime Minister and the Government were all determined to get an agreement to prevent the UK leaving without a deal.

And he criticised MPs of all parties for not supporting the deal former Prime Minister Theresa May had in place.

“I voted three times for that and all MPs had the chance to do the same – they are now the same ones who are vowing to do everything they can to prevent no-deal.”

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