Remembrance Sunday services

In view of the imminent dissolution of Parliament, I have sent this notice to the organisers of the Remembrance Sunday services in my constituency in Wokingham and Arborfield:

“Next week I will cease to be Wokingham’s MP on the dissolution of Parliament. All MPs lose the job and  the right to use the title , the portcullis symbol and address of the House of Commons.

I was looking forward to attending the Remembrance Day service and presentation of wreaths. I  have already made a donation to the British Legion to secure wreaths with the Portcullis emblem on it  to lay on behalf of the constituents of Wokingham.

I think in the circumstances I have to send my apologies for the service as I am strongly advised that former MPs must not lay wreaths associated with Parliament during an election  period.

I would suggest I lay my wreath after the election should I be returned to Parliament.

Yours sincerely

The Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP”

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  1. Narrow Shoulders
    Posted October 31, 2019 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Sir John

    Can someone from your office not lay the wreath on behalf of the constituency of Wokingham?

    It seems a shame to allow purdah to impose on Rememberence Sunday.

    Perhaps the new Speaker can issue guidance to such effect.

  2. Alan Jutson
    Posted November 3, 2019 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    No reason why you cannot lay a wreath as a private citizen is there, or even turn up as part of the crowd just like anybody else for the service, surely.

    Reply The wreath I have bought has the Parliamentary symbols on it.

    • Alan Jutson
      Posted November 3, 2019 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      Can you not just simply change the labels John, seems a shame not to use it !

      Reply Elections are about fairness. As I will not then be an MP I cannot lay a wreath on behalf of the community.

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