Over the last few years I have been alarmed by the state of discourse and inflammatory language being used in British politics.
Instead of respecting differences, debating constructively and understanding that despite disagreements we are united by wanting what is best for the country, those who disagree are called ‘traitors’ and accused of voting for ‘surrender’.
This type of language undermines our democracy and is unacceptable. If we cannot respect our differences and respect the democratic institutions in which those differences are resolved, then the country is heading in a worrying direction.
Since the Referendum I have had death threats and, following significant votes, pictures of my staff and family have appeared in the press and on social media. I am concerned for our safety at times.
However, threats and inflammatory language will not stop me from continuing to represent my constituents and doing what I believe is best for our country.