Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant praises Prime Minister Theresa May’s “bold” decision to call snap General Election

Lichfield’s MP has hailed the Prime Minister’s “bold” decision to call a snap General Election.

Theresa May made the surprise announcement this morning, citing the need for a more unified approach to Brexit negotiations.

The move means that, should Parliament agree, voters will go to the polls on June 8.

Michael Fabricant MP

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant said the move was a necessary one.

“Although the timing of the announcement was a surprise to us all, the need for an election was becoming more apparent day by day,” he said. “With the Scottish Nationalists and the Lib Dems calling for a second EU Referendum and Labour seeking to block Brexit with constant wrecking amendments, it was becoming clear that a working majority of only 12 would be insufficient to carry out the people’s will.

“Theresa May’s announcement today was bold and tomorrow I will be voting in favour of her Motion in Parliament calling for a General Election.”

Although much of the reasoning has pointed towards the UK’s impending exit from the EU, Mr Fabricant insisted the election should not be fought solely on Brexit battlegrounds.

“This General Election is not just about the terms of our leaving the European Union,” he said. “It is about the management of the economy and the competance – or otherwise – of the opposition parties to run the nation.

“It is important that we give the Government a clear mandate to govern. A strong Parliamentary majority will make Theresa May’s negotiating position with Brussels all the more powerful. And while I have always thought the UK is being held back by our membership of the EU, I am heartened by the Lichfield electorate voting 59 to 41 in favour of Brexit.”

The timing also means proposed changes to Parliamentary boundaries will not yet come into effect – meaning some voters in parts of Streethay and Whittington will still be voting in the Lichfield constituency.

Mr Fabricant explained: “Locally, the election – if Parliament passes the motion with a two-thirds majority tomorrow – will be fought on existing Parliamentary boundaries. It was likely that the 2020 election would have seen changes with Tamworth gaining a ward off Lichfield and Lichfield replacing that ward with one from the Stafford constituency.

“These changes will not be in place for this election and then will not be changed until the General Election after that.

“I look forward to the campaign.”

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16 Comments

  1. Darryl

    18th April, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    “the people’s will” – there it is again, that nonsense turgid phrase, which has about as much grounding in reality as Wiggy’s grasp on election majorities.

  2. Toast

    18th April, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Ah yes, the General Election. A good time for me to dig up Fabricant’s Hansard record which I keep for such occasions.

    Michael Fabricant:
    Voted against raising welfare benefits in line with inflation
    Voted to reduce housing benefit and FOR the bedroom tax
    Voted against the hunting ban
    Consistently voted FOR the Iraq War
    Voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
    Voted against a banker’s bonus tax
    Consistently voted against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000
    Consistently voted against an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (known as a mansion tax)
    Consistently voted for reducing the rate of corporation tax
    Consistently voted for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education
    Generally voted against measures to prevent climate change
    Consistently voted for selling England’s state owned forests
    Consistently voted against slowing the rise in rail fares
    Voted against Labour’s anti-terrorism laws
    Consistently voted against restrictions on fees charged to tenants by letting agents
    Campaigned to leave the EU

    Still think this man stands to represent you, the people of Lichfield?

    Reference: Hansard Online

  3. Rob

    18th April, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Yes, he’ll do for me.

  4. Phil

    18th April, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    BOLD…?

    Its not bold its common sense and intelligent but not bold.

    As for Fabricant he’s a joke… sounds like, looks and behaves like BoJo’s
    more gormless embarrassing older brother.!!🙄

  5. Darryl

    18th April, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Today’s ICM poll (over 75s):

    Con 85
    LD 6
    Lab 5
    Oth 3

    From @davidherdsom on Twitter.

    Fabbers has to do absolutely sod all other than smile in Waitrose to ensure the young and young families remain disenfranchised.

  6. mike

    18th April, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Who are you kidding? This election is about May trying to deal with internal Tory party squabbles. Just as it was when Cameron agreed to the Referendum because he didn’t have the political nous or guts to stand up to ukip and a few Tory back benchers. This is cynical game playing at the expense of the country. Cameron jumped ship and now that May has begun to see the true nightmare she has inherited she’s looking to do the same. Or put herself in a position where parliament is completely muzzled.

  7. Philip John

    19th April, 2017 at 7:56 am

    If anyone fancies giving voters another option, Something New is looking for candidates.

  8. Toast

    19th April, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I don’t blame you for not wanting to stand against the buffoon Phil. As I said the other day, the Tories could put up a turd in a wig and Lichfield would elect it.

  9. Scott

    19th April, 2017 at 9:07 am

    He is 66, so he certainly appeals to the ‘vast’ majority of people here. They’ll keep on voting him, as he/the cons keep coming for their pensions, benefits, health etc etc

  10. Rob

    19th April, 2017 at 9:30 am

    The pensions and benefits that they’ve paid contributions for?

  11. Darryl

    19th April, 2017 at 9:59 am

    No Rob, the pensions and contributions the previous generation paid for. We pay for the next, not current or previous,

  12. Rob

    19th April, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Really Darryl.
    That being the case, perhaps you can explain who paid for the first generations’ pensions and benefits.

  13. Mike

    19th April, 2017 at 10:21 am

    On a local issue, he still hasn’t sorted out Lichfield Trent Valley station, after years of posturing and bluster. People still can’t get to the London platform from the car park if they are a wheelchair user or have a pushchair/pram without trying to negotiate steps. The fact that they built a new car park on the London-bound side of the station and couldn’t even be arsed to put access ramps in says it all really. Our sitting MP is very good at lip service and I agree with the sentiments on here, a lot of people in Lichfield will still vote for Fabricant regardless of his record. According to the election results database website, Lichfield has “a disproportionate amount of Company executives living in the area compared to the rest of the country. Doesn’t necessarily mean they would blindly vote Conservative, but I’d wager that they probably do.

  14. Adam Elsdon

    20th April, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Don’t forget HS2, sold himself as the only one that would make a real stand against it, and in reality rolled over and put up a weak defence, comparing it to a Hornby trainset, not actually against it, only that it did not connect with other transport links.
    Just 20 percent of voting adults nationally voted for Conservative in the last election and gave David Cameron his wafer thin majority, now they are counting on younger generation voter apathy, and the Grey vote.
    You can do something about this, fight back! if you aren’t registered to vote register, and tell anyone else you know to register, you can do it online.
    https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

  15. Darryl

    20th April, 2017 at 9:17 am

    @Rob

    If only there was an online wealth of information where you could find out about these things for yourself.

  16. Rob

    27th April, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    So the annual statement I receive showing how much I’ve contributed to, and current value of, my own pension fund is really a bit of a fraud because they were actually paid in by the previous generation?
    The fact that the contributions match up exactly with my wage slip deductions is just a fortunate coincidence.

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