The Government's defeat in the House of Commons on the issue of allowing Gurkhas to reside in the UK was a victory for justice and democracy, and a huge embarrassment for Gordon Brown and his fellow Labour MPs. The public majority rightly support the Gurkhas' right to live in this country, having fought for it and put their lives at risk alongside our troops.
Our local MP, Chris Ruane, was unsurprisingly not one of the 27 Labour rebel MPs who voted with their conscience in support of the Lib Dem motion to offer guarantees of residence to the Gurkhas. It's unsurprising because, if you take a look at his voting record (TheyWorkForYou.co.uk), he has during his time as an MP supported the Government in voting against a transparent Parliament, voted FOR the Iraq war and against an investigation into the justification for war, he supported introducing university top-up fees which has made access to higher education more difficult for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and he has supported the disastrous, hugely expensive and possibly now abandoned white elephant that is the ID card scheme. It's equally unsurprising, albeit disappointing, that Chris was one of the MPs who voted against expenses reform last year.
The question we should all be asking our local MP is, has he represented his electorate's views in Parliament and done the job he was elected to do, or has he simply towed the Labour party line on every major issue of the day? The public are ready for a change now from a Labour Government which has lost its moral authority and economic credibility, and the Vale of Clwyd deserves to be represented by someone who is prepared to take a stand and vote for what is right. We expect, and deserve, no less from our politicians when we elect them to office.
Chris Ruane has had an easy ride on this so far and it is time he started justifying his actions in Parliament to his electorate back home.