Bridgwater’s Conservative MP Ian Liddell-Grainger says he ‘fully understands’ the anger of demonstrators who are marching on his constituency office to protest against Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament in the run-up to Brexit.
Mr Liddell-Grainger is involved in top-level meetings elsewhere this afternoon and will not be at his Cornhill offices when the march arrives.
But, he said, had he been told in advance about the event he would have made every effort to be there.
“As it is I was only made aware of what was happening late this morning, which gave me no time at all to get back to the constituency in time,” he said. “I should have been more than happy to welcome and talk to those taking part in the event because I can appreciate their feelings. I fully understand why people are marching and I confess I am not happy with what has been sprung on us. But we are only losing four more days’ Parliamentary time than we would anyway at this time of the year as we move into the conference season.
“I have also had a great many complaints from my constituents about the lack of domestic legislation going through Parliament as a result of all the Brexit debates and this will at least give us an opportunity to deal with some of the backlog.”