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To be infuriated and deeply disappointed by this response from Flick Drummond, my MP

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Claliscool Thu 28-May-20 13:30:51

Absolutely flabbergasted at the 'let's move on' rhetoric. I wrote expressing my bewilderment at bjs support of dc at such a critical time and this was the response :

Dear.... ,

Thank you for your email regarding the recent matter of the Prime Minister’s adviser Dominic Cummings. I have received several hundred emails on this subject, making the case on both sides, all of which I am reading. I hope you will forgive me sending you a standard response, as otherwise it will be impossible for me to reply to everyone in a timely fashion and there are also many other constituents whom I am trying to help access Government support. I have made the Government very clear of the strength of your views and of the many others I have heard from.

I have never met Dominic Cummings or his family and wanted to wait until I heard all the facts before writing back to you. Having watched his press conference, I understood why he decided to drive to isolate himself in a cottage on his parents’ farm where he could get help from his family had both he and his wife become incapacitated. I have no idea what his childcare arrangements are in London, but it is difficult to place a four year old with people that you do not know. As a mother myself, I have always put my children first, so I can understand this.

We all use our own personal judgement and common sense during crises and this seemed to be a hurried and last minute decision from a worried father at a stressful time. I fully appreciate that many people did not feel that they were able to make the same decisions while undergoing similar or in some cases even worse hardships, and I understand the very real hurt and the anger this has caused.

I do not agree with his trip to Barnard Castle. People were allowed to drive to exercise if they have no local place to walk and this does not appear to have been the case in this situation.

I was disappointed to hear that his home and family had been targeted by the press and others at the beginning of the lockdown and hope that they will now leave his family alone.

There are many other key issues at stake in this difficult time and I am concerned that we are losing focus on those while attention is diverted by this matter. I want to concentrate on helping those constituents who still need my support and work on how we are going to improve our social care system.

I realise that this incident has caused a deep sense of anger, disappointment and frustration for many people, which I completely understand and which I am relaying to the Government. I feel incredibly sad for all of you who have lost loved ones or have not seen family for some time, some of your emails have been heart breaking. I hope that you have now been visiting family outside the home if you are able and I am sure that we will be announcing the further lifting of restrictions very soon.

The most important thing now is that we continue our progress in reducing the infection rate so that we can come out of lockdown and things can begin to return to normal. I will continue to support the Government as we move forward to get Britain back to work safely.

Thank you again for getting in touch. Keep safe and well.

Kind regards,


Flick Drummond MP

Member of Parliament for Meon Valley

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Hingeandbracket Thu 28-May-20 13:34:48

YABU to expect anything else from a Tory - they don't give a fuck about us.

Purplecatshopaholic Thu 28-May-20 13:36:09

What Hinge said...

toomuchpeppapig Thu 28-May-20 13:50:19

What did you actually expect her to say? I think her response was good actually. Is DC an asshat? YES! But what did you expect your MP to be able to say on the matter though? It is what it is.

Of course those making the rules don't always feel the need to follow them - they know there will be little or no repercussions to them if they don't. It's only us plebs who worry about that sort of thing.

Move on with your life and stop giving the DC situation any headspace. Life is too short to get worked up about what other people are doing all the time and thinking about who is getting away with what. Concentrate on keeping you and yours safe to your standards and let everyone else do the same.

MorrisZapp Thu 28-May-20 13:51:37

It's a good response. What were you hoping for?

araiwa Thu 28-May-20 13:52:34

What did you want them to do?

They dont agree wjth what he did and have passed on the feelings of constituents on.

Theyre right to have drafted a standard reply that seems fairly comprehensive and now wants to get on with doing their job

georgialondon Thu 28-May-20 14:01:24

I think the response was fine.

Witchcraftandhokum Thu 28-May-20 14:01:48

A quick of "Flick" tells me her husbands first name is Hereward. Yesterday I was told that Dominic Cummings's son is called Cedd.What is it with these tories and these ridiculous Anglo-Saxon names?

Witchcraftandhokum Thu 28-May-20 14:02:52

Sorry that was meant to say a quick Google...

MorrisZapp Thu 28-May-20 14:04:29

Having a pop at kids names is bloody low.

ITonyah Thu 28-May-20 14:05:58

My MP has a very similar letter on his website.

LockdownLucie Thu 28-May-20 14:06:06

You have done better than me OP I have emailed my MP John Stevenson three times since the weekend and he is yet to even send an acknowledgement never mind a standardised reply.

ITonyah Thu 28-May-20 14:06:43

What are your kids names Witchcraftandhokum?

ITonyah Thu 28-May-20 14:07:29

Move on with your life and stop giving the DC situation any headspace. Life is too short to get worked up about what other people are doing all the time and thinking about who is getting away with what. Concentrate on keeping you and yours safe to your standards and let everyone else do the same

Hear hear

MorrisZapp Thu 28-May-20 14:07:42

Yip let's see how acceptable everyone's kids names are. Who's first?

Witchcraftandhokum Thu 28-May-20 14:09:03

Tonyah sorry to put a dampener on you wish for me to divulge personal details so you can mock my children's names, but I actually don't have any children. I do have a cat called Harvey though, but he came with that name.

thatgingergirl Thu 28-May-20 14:09:49

I think that's a really good response.

slartibarti Thu 28-May-20 14:13:28

That's a good response IMO.
Did you expect her to be raging and fuming?

Claliscool Thu 28-May-20 14:14:19

Are you all serious?? Are you all tory voters and think that they can do no wrong or if you do, close ranks and protect the party interests by towing the party line??
Move on??
This is corruption. Right here.

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AlexCabot Thu 28-May-20 14:17:11

Flick used to be my mp when I lived in Portsmouth until she lost her seat.

She did absolutely fuck all apart from making excuses as to why she'd done fuck all.

Oh, actually she did queue jump me at the pharmacy counter in Boots and try to pull the 'don't you know who I am' card, so there's that.

KKSlider Thu 28-May-20 14:20:01

My MP hasn't even bothered to reply.

I also sent him a question within the same email about Carers' Allowance in relation to CV19 and the highlighted gaps in social care (basically that people caring for family members/friends are providing 24/7 care for the equivalent of 40p an hour and have been all but abandoned during the last couple of months). He has yet to reply to that too.

toomuchpeppapig Thu 28-May-20 14:21:45

But seriously, what did you expect the reply to say? Do you think she has the power to overthrow BJ and get rid of DC?? What were you hoping for when you sent the letter? I'm not trying to be goady by the way. I'm not political at all. They've all got their own agenda ahead of the rest of ours and they all look out for each other. I don't think that's Tory specific. None of them are altruistic.

I'm just genuinely wondering what you hoped would happen from your letter to your MP?

Claliscool Thu 28-May-20 14:23:59

My specific question was how she was challenging bj about twisting the truth.

And she twisted it right back.

Its immoral.

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BiggerBoat1 Thu 28-May-20 14:26:05

It is disappointing to see another cowardly MP towing the party line, but I'm not even surprised any more. In the Conservative Party it seems far more important to hold on to your job than to do the right thing. Maybe this is true of all politicians, but it is the Conservative Party who are being tested at the moment. Most are failing this test of integrity.

My local MP hasn't even bothered to reply to me!

Oneisall Thu 28-May-20 14:31:40

LockdownLucie I live in a neighbouring constituency and to be fair, although I don't think Stevenson is anything great, he has publicly criticised Cummings. unlike the other sycophantic Tory MPs in surrounding constituencies

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