THE HISTORIC Supreme Court ruling that prorogation of Parliament was unlawful should be upheld and obeyed, according to Redditch’s MP.
In August, after Boris Johnson advised The Queen to suspend Parliament, Mrs Maclean backed the prorogation and said the initial plan for Parliament to return on October 14 would leave enough time to discuss Brexit.
“The public expect us to deal with new challenges of government and so a new session is needed for the government to introduce key legislation on the NHS, to fight violent crime, invest in infrastructure and science and cut the cost of living,” she said.
In the Supreme Court’s ruling, Lady Hale declared the move unlawful and said: “The effect upon the fundamentals of our democracy was extreme.”
She added the ruling was “not about when and on what terms” the UK left the EU, but about the decision to suspend Parliament.
Speaking after MPs returned to Parliament on Wednesday (September 25), Mrs Maclean said she had the ‘highest respect’ for the judiciary and the independence of our courts.
Mrs Maclean said: “We are a country where the rule of law is upheld and obeyed. This week I returned to Parliament where I continued to work hard on my constituents behalf.
“My work didn’t stop when Parliament wasn’t sitting, I was back in Redditch, where I live, visiting businesses, charities and helping residents in my regular surgeries.”
The town’s MP said she was elected in 2017 to do ‘more than just get Brexit delivered’.
“My constituents are frustrated, I’m frustrated, but nevertheless I will continue to fight to get Brexit done on or before October 31 – deal or no deal,” she added.
Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Redditch, Rebecca Jenkins labelled Mrs Maclean a hypocrite for her stance and back the court’s decision.
“Our Supreme Court is sovereign and should be treated as such. We all want to get Brexit done, but not at the expense of Redditch people,” she said.