Liberal Democrats in Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford will be holding surgeries with local councillors and parliamentary candidate Kelly-Marie Blundell starting on Saturday 14th January 2016.
The move comes after incumbent Conservative MP Maria Caulfield was rated 421st by Parliamentary contact service 'Write to Them'.
Kelly-Marie Blundell, Liberal Democrat contender for the parliamentary seat to replace Ms Caulfield, commented;
“Many residents have been in touch to say they cannot get responses from our member of parliament, that surgeries are infrequent and unlike previous Lib Dem MP Norman Baker, they have little support from our MP.
“While I am already responding to residents' queries, I want to be accessible to all residents in the constituency and will be holding surgeries with local councillors in Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford on a monthly basis.
“We need a member of parliament who lives in the constituency and can respond to her constituents' concerns where possible. What is clear is that Ms Caulfield is not up to the job. The Liberal Democrats are.”
The first surgery will be held in Lewes at St Michael's Church hall from 10am – 12 noon on Saturday 14th January 2017. Appointments can be made by contacting [email protected], but drop in appointments will be available on the day.
Surgeries will be held in Lewes on the second Saturday of the month going forward.
Leader of Lib Dem District Council Group Sarah Osborne welcomed the proposal, commenting;
“Lewes deserves full representation from their elected representatives and candidates. While many of us serve a smaller area such as my own ward of Plumpton Green, access to councillors and parliamentarians should be readily available.”
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