As constituents know, I have supported the Prime Minister over recent months because I believe that he had got all the big decisions right, and his leadership had steered us through some difficult times both home and abroad. I had hoped that following the confidence vote, we would be able to move ahead and tackle the crucial issues affecting us all.
However, like many colleagues, I have had to reassess my position after events of the past couple of weeks. It is clear, that under the Prime Minister, we are not making the progress the country, and crucially, my constituents expect. The ambulance service, and health service, is not able to provide the level of care we rely on it for, our roads and local services are not receiving the investment they need, the Passport Office and Home Office are in disarray, and the cost of living crisis is hitting residents hard and more support is going to be needed.
Finally, as someone who has been the victim of abuse, at the hands of an MP who told me his position would mean no one would believe me over him, I am furious that it has now come to light the Prime Minister was aware of the allegations against Chris Pincher, and promoted him to a Government position anyway. I promised I would be a voice for victims in Parliament, and I cannot do that when the Prime Minister does not take these allegations seriously.
I remain committed to the Party, and to the election promises I made to constituents. I will continue to fight to secure the investment Burton and Uttoxeter deserves, to level up our towns and invest in our local area, and I hope the Prime Minister will do the right thing and allow the Party to move forward and deliver what we set out to do.