Following the outcome of the Referendum Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow issued the following statement:
“It is because we are a democracy that we have been able to have our say, on what might be considered the greatest decision of our generation which will have an impact for years to come, a referendum on our EU membership.
Let us remember that it was this party, the Conservative Party and no other, that promised the opportunity of a referendum on Europe so that the people could have their say. That promise has been delivered, the people have made their decision and it is right that we respect the result and build on it as we agreed. It is clear that the majority believe we will be better off severing our close ties with the European Union and setting off on a brave new course in the world.
As I have stated before there are sound views on either side of the IN/OUT debate and I respect those views, but now that the decision has been made we must pull together for the good of the country to make this work. Remember that the Conservative Party has been in existence since 1826, we are acknowledged to be the world’s oldest and most successful political party. Deep in the Conservative Party, running through all our history, is a belief in the strength, value and longevity of a distinct British democracy. Our principles are broad, constant and true and we must draw on these now to make a success of this new period in our history.
I promised that whatever the outcome, I would continue to be your hard working MP, pushing to make Taunton Deane the best possible place it can be and that is what I will do. This place is my home, as well as my workplace, which makes me all the more passionate to achieve the best for us all.
I am also conscious that we need to keep up the pressure in the wider South West, to ensure that all the progress made in terms of investment in infrastructure and other projects continue, bringing much needed prosperity and opportunity to the region, and I will be working with my fellow MP’s to ensure this happens. It includes continuing the progressive welfare programme which is helping people who are able to, to move from benefit dependency and into work.
It is essential that we put any differences aside and work together as we have done so many times before to make our country a successful, tolerant, enterprising and Conservative led nation.
Please be assured that this is certainly what I will be doing as your Member of Parliament.”
She will issue a further statement later today on the Prime Minister’s resignation.