EIGHTY per cent of the electorate in the Keighley and Ilkley constituency of John Grogan voted to leave the EU. So why is he backing staying in the customs union and the single market?

He who represents the electorate must do as he is told, not do what he wants to do.

He should know by now that the UK is leaving the EU and that is it.

So if he wants to keep his job at the next general election, he should abide by the wishes of the electorate.


* Mr Grogan responds: “Results for the referendum were declared on a Bradford district-wide level.

“The best estimates I have seen for the Keighley constituency were a leave vote of between 53-55 per cent, not 80 per cent.

“Like much of the country, Keighley and Ilkley constituency was divided.

“Of course I respect the result, but it is perfectly possible to be in the single market like Norway or in the customs union like Turkey and not be a member of the European Union.

“I think our local economy would do better from following these examples, as many Keighley businesses depend on exporting to the European Union.

“There is not much point in being a backbench Member of Parliament unless you vote according to what you think is the right thing to do, taking into account the views of your constituents and your party as best you can.

“Such a philosophy has served me well in crucial votes down the years, such as voting against the Iraq war which at the time most people supported.”