General Election 2017: Liam Fox criticised for campaigning for Lancaster MP rather than attending his own constituency's hustings

By Chew Valley Gazette in Politics

Opponents of the North Somerset incumbent MP Liam Fox have accused him of taking residents votes for granted after he failed to appear at the local hustings event last night.

On Thursday 1st June the Secretary of State for Trade choose to tour small businesses in Lancaster whilst his fellow candidates for North Somerset gathered at Nailsea Methodist Church for a hustings event.

Dr Fox was in Lancaster to led his support as a senior member of government to fellow Conservative Eric Ollerenshaw who is campaigning to regain his Lancaster and Fleetwood seat after his defeat in the last General Election. Via Twitter Dr Fox expressed that he had had ’a very enjoyable time campaigning for’ Mr Ollerenshaw, visiting Lancaster businesses which had recovered from the effects of Storm Desmond in 2015.

However his absence at the hustings in Nailsea was noticeable given that all of the other candidates were in attendance.

Residents’ group North Somerset Deserves Better which says they believe the area deserves better than Liam Fox urged residents to ’stop being ignored’.

Whilst another internet based opposition group North Somerset Against Fox tweeted "Worse than #WhereIsTheresa, Liam Fox hasn’t even sent a representative to North Somerset hustings." The group which is campaigning for Independent candidate Donald Davies felt that Dr Fox’s decision to visit Lancaster’s local businesses rather than attend his own constituency’s hustings showed that he takes North Somerset residents ’votes for granted.’

One voter commented the absence from the local hustings showed the incumbent MP has ’no respect for constituents’.

During last night’s hustings debate Independent candidate Donald Davies stated that he was standing as a result of frustration at Liam Fox not represent North Somerset, Davis promised to be a community politician who engages with that community if elected himself.

Lib Dem candidate Richard Foord told the gathered audience at the hustings that all the four candidates represented last night reflect different examples of progressive politics. But Labour’s Greg Chambers said that anyone not in Labour was splitting the left vote and strengthening the chances for right-wing Liam Fox and the Conservative government. The Green Party’s Charley Pattison stated that in 30 other constituencies the Green Party’s candidate had stepped down to lend their votes and strengthen the cause of the another progressive candidates rather than split the vote, she however will be continuing to stand as one of the four opponents to Liam Fox and his 25 year political reign as MP for the area.

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