Tonbridge & Malling's Parliamentary Candidate Tom Tugendhat was quick off the mark this morning in circulating his response to the Scottish Independence Referendum and setting out the case for a wide-reaching review of the British constitutional settlement, inviting residents to share their own thoughts about future reform.
The letter (below) was sent by email to around 3,000 local residents with a hard copy being sent to local businesses, community groups, schools and parish councils. This will be followed-up with a survey and perhaps culminating in a series of meetings around the constituency to engage residents in the discussion about any future reforms.
I am delighted with this initiative from Tom as I have long believed that politicians at all levels should use their influence to promote political discussion and engagement. One of the best things coming out of the Scottish Independence Referendum was the 84.5% turnout; indicating that when the question is important and people feel passionate about both the issue and the value of their vote, they are still willing to turn out in record numbers and participate.