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Letter from Claire Perry O’Neill

From: PERRY, Claire [mailto:claire.perry.mp@parliament.uk
Sent: 17 September 2019 17:50
To: philip.gill101@ntlworld.com
Subject: A Brexit Update

Dear Mr Gill 

Over the past three years I have received correspondence from around 2,500 of my Constituents on the subject of Brexit. Your views differ and I have written back to many of you accordingly (as well as on other topics) but as we get to what I believe to be the final few weeks of the exit process, I thought it was worth sending some thoughts round to all the people who have taken the time to get in touch.

I won’t spend time going over the past few years and months. Suffice to say that I strongly believe that the Referendum result must be delivered which is why I voted to trigger Article 50 and voted three times for a workable exit deal when it was presented to Parliament. For various reasons, other Members of the House declined to do the same and while I have no truck with the ideology that prevented 10 per cent of my Conservative colleagues from supporting the deal, I find the political posturing of the Labour party to be utterly reprehensible. Sixty percent of Labour MPs represent Leave-voting seats and they claim to be Leave up North and Remain in London. Such tangled views provoke laughter when expressed by their front-bench in public but in my view, such politically-motivated duplicitous behaviour should be roundly condemned

However, we are where we are, with a new PM, a new Cabinet (in which I declined to serve) and a new impetus to the process, with only weeks to go until the proposed exit date. So, I have watched the events of the last few weeks with dismay. A successful attempt by back-benchers with the connivance of the Speaker to delay Brexit further – for what ends? A prorogation which is entirely lawful, albeit inconvenient for those who wish to attempt further spoiling tactics. And an attempt by the PM to call a General Election – surely the ultimate People’s Vote – blocked by the Opposition at the same time as their leaflets are landing on doorsteps calling for one! You couldn’t make it up, but sadly this grisly deadlock is real and the uncertainty is hitting the prosperity and security of millions of people plus traducing our national reputation.

That is why I have decided to strongly support all efforts of the PM to deliver Brexit on October 31st. I entirely agree with him that to leave without a deal would be a `’failure of statescraft” and as you probably know, I think a No Deal Brexit, with its attendant disruption and long-term impact on some of our most productive (and single-market dependent) industries is an ignominious result and not one that any of the Vote Leave leaders envisaged or campaigned for. These thoughts aside, I now assess the risk of continuing in this Brexit impasse, and the risk of an Election where the populist “one issue with a dollop of racist candidates” Brexit party, and hard-left Momentum-dominated Labour party destroy the economic credibility of this country, to be greater than a No Deal Brexit.

In all my meetings with the PM he has been insistent that he can deliver a workable deal and solve the problem of the Backstop – the theoretical plan for an EU-compliant border policy across the island of Ireland should trade talks fail to deliver an agreement. I think he is right in this judgment and I look forward to voting to support this deal when Parliament returns. It will of course, be based very much on the May Deal and it will be incumbent on those colleagues who called this deal “Brexit In Name Only” to decide it that still applies and if it is better than no Brexit at all. 

Finally, as I referenced above, I declined an offer from the Prime Minister to serve in his Cabinet, not because I don’t support him but because he has also appointed me to be the President of the 2020 UN Climate Change negotiations (the so-called Conference of the Parties, or COP) which will be happening in the UK next November after intensive work by me and the former Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt to secure the bid. This is an immense role, both in terms of effort required but also in terms of relevance as 2020 is the year that the Paris Agreement, secured at these talks in 2015, is to be implemented, and cannot in my view be combined with another Ministerial role. 

You may also know that the amount of work required to make the COP negotiations a successful was one of the reasons I have decided not to seek the Conservative nomination for the next election – whenever it might be! It has been such an immense privilege to serve as your MP for the past nine years and I am proud of what we have achieved together. Particular highlights are the new trains, and station facilities at Pewsey and Bedwyn, securing £9 million of funding for the new Urgent Care Centre in Devizes due to begin construction shortly, increased money for local schools serving our military areas and accelerated rollout of superfast broadband. However, it is the little victories that help just one person or family that count and of course I have been supported in all of this with my excellent local team. 

Until the next Election, I will remain as your MP and continue to work with my team to support my Constituents. And, Bill and I, plus a rotating cast of children, will continue to maintain our home in the heart of the beautiful Pewsey Vale – how could we leave? 

With my very best regards and very many thanks for all the correspondence, personal support and lively challenges of the past nine years. 

I do hope to say “Au Revoir” in person. 

Yours sincerely, 

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The Rt Hon Claire Perry O’Neill 

Member of Parliament for the Devizes Constituency 

President of COP26 

House of Commons 

London SW1A 0AA 

Telephone: 0207 219 7050 

 w:   claireperry.org.uk 

f:   claire4devizes 

t: @claireperrymp 

Everleigh Parish Council Agenda for 8th July 2019

EVERLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL

Dear Sir/Madam

I hereby give you notice that the next Meeting of the above named Parish Council will be held in Collingbourne Ducis School on Monday 8 July 2019 at 7.00pm.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purpose of considering and resolving upon the business to be transacted at the meeting as set out hereunder.

The public and press are invited to attend.

Dated this 2nd day of July 2019.

Signed: Philip Gill

Clerk

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Minutes of Meeting 7th May 2019

EVERLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Annual meeting of the Parish Council held

at Collingbourne Ducis School on Monday 7th May 2019

Chairman: Cllr D Bottomley

Present: Cllr K Wheeler-Mallows, Cllr J Jones, Cllr E Hudson, M Bourton,

Cllr A Earle.

In Attendance: Mr P Gill (Parish Clerk) and Wilts Cllr I Blair-Pilling

1. Election of Officers:

1.1. Chairman: There being no other nominations Cllr Bottomley was proposed.

Members RESOLVED to elect Cllr Bottomley as Chairman who then signed the Acceptance of Office.

1.2. Vice Chairman: There being no other nominations Cllr Wheeler-Mallows was proposed.

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Everleigh Parish Council – Meeting Minutes 7th May 2019

EVERLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Annual meeting of the Parish Council held

at Collingbourne Ducis School on Monday 7th May 2019

Chairman: Cllr D Bottomley

Present: Cllr K Wheeler-Mallows, Cllr J Jones, Cllr E

Cllr A Earle.

In Attendance: Mr P Gill (Parish Clerk) and Wilts Cllr I Blair-Pilling

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Annual Meeting of the Parish – Minutes 7th May 2019

EVERLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Annual meeting of the Parish

held at Collingbourne School on Tuesday 7th May 2019

Chairman: Cllr D Bottomley (Chair).

Present: Cllr K Wheeler-Mallows, Cllr M Burton, Cllr J Jones, Cllr E Hudson and Cllr A Earle

Apologies: PCSO J Akehurst, (Wiltshire Constabulary)

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Everleigh Parish Council – Agenda – 7th May 2019

Annual Parish Council Meeting

Dear Sir/Madam

I hereby give you notice that the Annual Parish Council Meeting of the above named Parish Council will be held in Collingbourne School on Tuesday 7th May 2019 after the Annual Parish Meeting.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purpose of considering and resolving upon the business to be transacted at the meeting as set out hereunder.

The public and press are invited to attend.

Dated this 29 day of April 2019.

Signed: Philip Gill

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Everleigh Parish Council – Meeting Minutes 12th March 2019

EVERLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held

at Collingbourne Ducis School on 12 March 2019

Chairman: Cllr D Bottomley

Present: Cllr M Burton and Cllr K Wheeler-Mallows. (Meeting quorate)

In Attendance: Mr P Gill (Parish Clerk)

  1. Apologies. Cllr T Symonds Cllr A Earle Cllr J Jones Cllr E Hudson and Wilts Cllr I Blair-Pilling
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Paths for All

“Paths for All” – Tidworth Community Area

A launch event to improve our local rights of way and encourage more people to use them

Wednesday 15th May, 7pm – 8.15pm, Collingbourne Ducis Village Hall

Hello 

I am writing to invite you to a workshop hosted by Tidworth Area Board to launch an exciting new project called ‘Paths for All’.

The Tidworth Community Area stretches from the Chutes to Netheravon and Tidworth to the Collingbournes. It contains some magnificent countryside that is often hard to access or not known about. The project aims to improve and encourage the use of some of the rights of way within this area, in order that local people and visitors alike can enjoy it more.

There are three elements to the project. Firstly, for parish councils, community groups and others to select rights of way to improve and promote. Secondly to make any improvements where required and where possible. Thirdly, to encourage people of all ages to use them more. The Area Board has put aside £6k to start the project off and is keen for all within the area to have the opportunity to get involved. Benefits include healthier lifestyles, improved wellbeing, generating care for our environment and increased tourism. 

The workshop will launch the project and we are inviting all stakeholders and those who have an interest to come together at Collingbourne Ducis Village Hall on the 15th May. It will last just over an hour and we will:

  • Hear a little more about the project and a chance to ask questions
  • Learn from the experience of Bedwyn Footpath Group
  • Start to collect existing knowledge and support those who would like to be involved
  • Start to collect ideas on how we can encourage greater use by all
  • Agree next steps, receive some useful tips and hear how you can let us know what you are planning to do

The rights of way and countryside team are working closely with us and will be at the workshop to offer their expertise and help. However, the project can only succeed with your help and most importantly we need local people, parish councils, businesses, community groups and others to get involved.

I would be grateful if you can also share this invitation widely and particularly with anyone or any group whom you think would like to also come along and get involved. I have also attached a poster to display and a text only piece for newsletters for you to use if you are able to.

I hope that you will be able to join us on the 15th May. If you are unable to do so, but would still like to be involved in the project, please contact Richard Rogers (Community Engagement Manger) at richard.rogers@wiltshire.gov.uk

Following the workshop, you are most welcome to stay on for a short meeting of the Tidworth Area Board if you wish to.

Ian Blair-Pilling

Cllr for The Collingbournes and Netheravon Ward

Portfolio Holder for ICT and Digitalisation