Right to vote with his conscience

The three issues on which readers are taking Jeremy Wright to task are all conscience issues on which MPs have a free vote. Therefore they may, in fact should, vote according to their conscience.

Our MP’s support for HS2 is a different case altogether. Here he is taking the Government line. If he didn’t he would lose his job as Attorney General. I think he should oppose HS2. It is of no concern to me whether my MP has a prestigious job in the Government or not.

But we cannot object to him voting according to his conscience. In fact it is good to know that we have an MP who is prepared to take the unpopular line on such issues if those are his beliefs.

Maureen Hazelwood, via email