Anne Pearson’s letter of December 1 suggests that everyone in the new wider Winchester constituency should sign up for the weekly newsletter, written by Flick Drummond, the Conservatives’ prospective parliamentary candidate.

Although the back numbers may explain the thinking behind her saddening voting record on issues important, both nationally and to the community she now wishes to represent, I thought I’d spare my fellow constituents some work, and summarise.

Nationally, Mrs Drummond consistently votes against equality and human rights, measures to prevent climate change, taxes on banks and EU cooperation. She voted for Article 50 to implement Brexit, claiming only to represent the views of constituents, and votes to reduce local government and welfare spending. Locally, in concert with departing MP, Steve Brine, Mrs Drummond voted to allow the water companies to continue dumping raw sewage into our water system, even though many would-be constituents live in towns and cities founded on Hampshire’s beautiful chalk streams.

Those views seem at odds with Winchester’s, and we must ask whether Mrs Drummond could so radically change her position as to properly represent our views in Parliament.

Frank Devoy,
Hillside Close, 

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