FOLLOWING on from Eamonn Leniston’s comments last week.

I believe it is important for an MP to speak up for their constituency even if their party line is contrary to this.

An MP has many pressures but they are elected to represent their constituency and when they vote with their party over issues that ultimately affect and damage their constituency people lose faith in their MP and the system.

Too many people have lost faith in the system already when, for example, our local MP voted for cuts to tax credits for working families in 2015, which ultimately was amended after rebellions by other Tory MPs and the Lords.

She did not appear to help the many people in Somerset who this would have affected and instead chose to follow the party whip.

It is important to have a local MP who will stand up for local interests and will defy the whip if necessary.