See this statement on Gloucestershire Live at 15.54 https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/cheltenham-news/live-government-to-suspend-parliament-3257148?
Boris Johnson has today shown his hand – and his true face.
“There’s no longer room for any doubt that Parliament is being hijacked by anti-democratic forces dead set on crashing Britain out of the EU”, Cheltenham Labour Chair Joanna Hughes says.
“The decision to ‘prorogue’ parliament is a naked attempt to strangle democracy and to conceal the true scale of chaos and damage facing our country in a ‘No Deal’ scenario.
“Nobody voted for this,” Cheltenham Labour’s Chair underlines.
“None of us voted for the collapse of our economy, the breakdown of essential supply chains in medicine and food, the destruction of our National Health Service in a ‘sweetheart deal’ with Donald Trump and his disaster capitalist cronies.”
Tories loyal to the Johnson cabal are telling us today that there’s nothing to see here – move along quickly. It’s just parliamentary ‘business as usual’.
They will tell us ‘No Deal’ has always been on the table, that it was an outcome debated in the 2016 Referendum campaign.
The time for polite language is over.
None of this is true. Tories loyal to Johnson are peddling lies. They are trying to stampede the entire electorate towards an outcome that threatens our country for a generation and more.
“The people of Cheltenham have every right to expect a clear and immediate response from our MP, Alex Chalk, to this unprecedented national emergency,” Joanna Hughes stresses.
“Will he lend his name to this outrage, will he speak out to oppose it, or will he try yet again to pass under the radar and address his constituents from both sides of his mouth?
“Where do you stand now, Mr Chalk?
“With the people of Cheltenham, or against them?”
Labour will do everything in its power to overturn this assault on our democracy, Joanna says. “Our leadership will be working all out with every member of parliament who opposes this coup.
“We will defeat this dictatorial attempt to silence parliament and we will force a general election at the very earliest opportunity.
“Today of all days it’s become clear just how desperately we need a change of government, a return to parliamentary democracy, and a credible programme to rebuild our country in the interests of the majority of its people.”