Dear Mel Stride,
firstly congratulations on your being re-elected for another term.
After listening to your answers at a couple of the hustings events in the lead up to the election I have a question which is this;
“How do you as an MP balance representing your constituents with your role as a party whip?”
For example, if your government proposes a rise in the rate of VAT. You stated at a hustings that you are strongly against a rise in this parliament but if such a rise was proposed and your role as a whip is to ensure government support, how would you resolve such a conflict? (Presuming it wasn’t a free vote)
No real reason for choosing VAT, other than it stuck in my mind. I guess in a way it is really a question as to how any MP balances party loyalties with what might actually be best for their constituents.