Like so many Tory MPs, Mark Menzies has received a bulging mail bag and in-box full of correspondence with regard to the behaviour of Dominic Cummings, plus questions about the subsequent explicit support of Boris Johnson and the Cabinet. Constituents wish to know the position of their MP with regard to this on-going matter. Mr Menzies has today (Thursday 28th May) let his constituents know that he will respond in due course – however this may take Mr Menzies some time as he and his team balance that task with our ongoing work and urgent coronavirus-related issues.
Mark has today said this in response on his Facebook page:
‘I am incredibly disappointed that this adviser – who I do not know and have not met – took decisions, albeit ones he felt were within the rules and appropriate for his circumstances, which have led to widespread feeling that some people are not bound by the guidance issued by Government. I appreciate your strength of feeling at his apparent actions, given all of our adherence to the rules. I also thank you for keeping to those rules.
I have expressed my belief to Government that those who create the rules, or even advisers who assist in this process, must be equally bound by them. I have also passed on the strong and varied feelings of Fylde residents.
It is quite clear that the situation is a complete distraction from all of the efforts to get through the pandemic. In Fylde, this has meant my team and I have been required to devote a significant amount of time and energy away from constituents who require assistance in helping them access testing, pastoral care, personal financial support and business support, to responding to emails about this situation.
As the MP for Fylde, I must prioritise my time to support those constituents who require my assistance at such a difficult time, as well as representing their views.
For the large number of constituents who have written to me on this issue, and who have included specific personal circumstances, please be assured that I will endeavour to respond in due course, however this may take some time as my team and I balance that task with our ongoing work and urgent coronavirus-related issues.’