David Howarth MP replies - Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

David Howarth MP has replied to my letter of support, following an exchange in parliament between David Howarth MP and Geoff Hoon MP, where Geoff Hoon MP replied in what I consider a disgraceful way

House of Commons Letterhead

Dear ()

Thank you for your letter of 25 February about the article that I wrote highlighting the serious effects of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.

I am pleased that you are able to support the action I have taken in drawing attention to this pernicious Bill, which, if passed, will have such severe repercussions for our democratic state.

What can be done? For my part, I have been appointed to the Committee examining the Bill line by line and am in touch with top legal advisers to see what amendments can be made to dilute to effects of this Bill.

For your part, highlighting the effects of this Bill widely to your contacts may help to increase the pressure on the Government to withdraw the Bill, or at least to remove some of its more oppressive effects. 1 hope that effective lobbying will help to secure the backing of a greater number of MPs.

I shall continue to work to achieve what I can.

Yours sincerely

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David Howarth
Member of Parliament for Cambridge

Now, on the downside, this looks like a form letter to me, as I was actually writing about the parliamentary exchange not the Times article directly. However, looking at the upside, this implies that there has been a sufficient volume of correspondance on this issue - this is a good thing. I just hope that it extends to more than just Mr. Howarth.