16th January 2018

I have been asked for my views on the proposals on who runs the sports facilities in Dacorum. As a regular user of the sports centre, and as the MP living in the constituency, I thought it was right the council investigated  whether the tax payer was getting value for money.

However, after listening to the concerns raised about the proposed changes, there are clearly questions that still need to be answered. That is why I was pleased to see that the Scrutiny committee, after hearing evidence from both sides, referred the decision back to full council - a good decision in my opinion. But, because there are real concerns that have to be considered and addressed, I think the better decision would have been to send it back to the council Cabinet.

I hope that is what will happen now. I fully respect the fact that I am not a Councillor nor a member of the Cabinet, and some will say I should keep my views to myself, but all I want is for my constituents to feel that democracy is working, so surely this important decision must go back to the Cabinet.

I have been asked by many constituents to attend the meetings taking place tonight and tomorrow evenings. Sadly, I cannot attend as I am needed here in Westminster. We have the votes on the committee stages of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (the “Brexit Bill”) which is a Bill of considerable national importance and the votes will probably be very tight, which is why I’ve made my views public today.

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