I’ve been working so hard over the summer with MPs from across the political spectrum to be ready and equipped to stop Boris Johnson crashing us out of the EU in a way that would damage our community and country.
The prime minister realised that we had the numbers to cancel recess and keep parliament working on your behalf right through this difficult time.
That’s why he’s trying to suspend parliament. He’s not doing it because he’s strong, he’s doing it because he’s weak.
If he gets his way Boris Johnson will have been prime minister for over 80 days by the Queen’s Speech. In that time parliament will have sat for five days. That’s just five days where MPs get to do our constitutional job of being your voice in parliament during the most critical period of modern times.
I’ve been in touch with dozens of other MPs today and read the torrent of messages you have sent me, mostly deeply concerned about what this all means for our community and what will be left of our democracy when this is all over.
These are difficult questions to answer, but I can promise you this: I will do whatever it takes to make sure your voice is heard loud and clear in these difficult times. I will also do whatever it takes to keep parliament sitting and will work just as I have always done by building consensus across the House to stand up for the best interests of our country, economy, and society.
Parliament returns on Tuesday. We are ready for this fight. We didn’t ask for it – normally government works with parliament not against it – but we are ready for it. I can’t say all of the details of what we are planning, I know you’ll understand why, but please believe me that we’re planning and working hard for you across parties and we will be ready.
For me, our community comes first every time.
I know the coming weeks will be tough, confusing, and the stakes very high. I will be working my fingers to the bone for you, I won’t relent.
I will not allow damage to be done to our community and our democracy, I simply won’t.