Dear Theresa

The election campaign has been quiet in the safe seat of Maidenhead, so I’ve decided to be a bit proactive in figuring out who to vote for. Here’s an email I just sent to our MP, Theresa May. I won’t hold my breath for a reply. Could have mentioned a lot more issues, but I didn’t want to push my luck too far!

Dear Theresa,

It’s now 9 days until what you describe on your website as ‘the most important election Britain has faced for many years’.

However, I am yet to hear from you – not so much as a single leaflet, not even a poster in our area to show that you are actively campaigning to retain your seat – regarding your thoughts on the big issues that face this country.

Specifically, I am concerned about:

– The perilous state of wildlife in Britain, as highlighted by the 2013 State of Nature report which shows 60%+ of species assessed to be in decline. As a nature enthusiast and somebody whose career and therefore livelihood is founded in the natural world this concerns me deeply. Unfortunately the coalition government has weakened protection for wildlife further by ignoring expert evidence and public opinion on neonicotinoid pesticides, marine protected areas, UK wildlife crime and bovine tuberculosis. Can you assure me that a future Conservative government would take a science-led approach, rather than allowing narrow interest groups to dictate policy?

– The potential impacts of climate change on the global environment as well as on us locally – especially in light of current Conservative policy to promote the oil and gas industry at the expense of cleaner renewable technology

– Unfairness in the housing market which is likely to see us trapped as renters for many years to come. We are funding somebody else’s lucrative investment whilst finding it very difficult to save for our own future. Your party decries rent control as ‘socialist’, yet if prices are allowed to rise any higher we may well be priced entirely out of this area.

I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Foster

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