Letter to the Editor,
Like I do, I wonder how many other people find it hard to believe that Great Yarmouth's MP the Right Honourable Brandon Lewis is not willing to meet with residents in a public meeting to hear their questions about Universal Credit?
In his written answer to the Council's invitation asking to attend this meeting he accuses Labour of playing political games - I ask him what political games is he playing by snubbing the constituents he has been elected to represent in this town?
I suspect he only wants to represent certain constituents and easy issues in order to help him climb the greasy pole to the top.
This is a politician who has spent £30,000 of your money on hotels when he has a "home" in Hemsby and one in Essex which I believe would be even closer to get back to from London yet he can't be bothered to come and listen to people whose lives have been destroyed by UC.
He doesn't want to hear about residents who have been evicted from their homes because of UC or the Landlords who have invested in mortgages so they can let a property and have not received rent from their tenants as the tenants have received no money because of their UC claim and are unable to pay the rent. This ultimately results in an eviction.
A public meeting would at least show his constituents that he does care about them even if he can do nothing to help as it is the Conservative Government policy. But instead, he hides behind lame excuses of not wanting to play political games and data protection laws.
He can't face his Constituents as he knows that the roll-out of Universal Credit in Great Yarmouth has been an unmitigated disaster and has consequences that affect those most vulnerable in our society, those that he doesn't want to stand up for.
Well, Mr Lewis, I hope you are feeling proud of yourself.
Councillor for Nelson Ward