Today, I am making a further “openness” pledge to the people of Halton; setting out further actions I would take (alongside my pledge on expenses http://www.amjcomms.com/2009/03/25/my-expenses-pledge-to-voters-of-halton/) to do my job as their MP.
I will continue to build on this pledge based on feedback as I believe it is vital that candidates and MPs listen to the electorate and respond accordingly if trust is to be rebuilt between voter and representative.
If I were to become the MP for Halton I would:
– Publish online my full voting, attendance, and speaking records from the House of Commons (and all written questions tabled and motions signed)
– Publish online a diary which details where I spent each day (and night) so that the people of Halton can see where I am working on their behalf
– Regularly update my website/blog so anyone can see what I work have been doing
– Publish contact details which include an “out of office hours” number so that constituents could contact me out of normal work hours
– Publish online my annual tax return/details of all my income (including any other jobs/paid appointments/work etc)
– Conduct regular polls/questionnaires of my constituents to find out their views on key issues- this help me decide how to vote in the House of Commons
– Hold regular surgeries at different times and locations in the constituency so it is convenient for my constituents
– Hold regular public meetings to discuss key issues concerning the people of Halton and account for my performance on their behalf- I would not make speeches at this meeting, but take questions and spend my time listeningThe people of Halton have a right to know how I would behave as their MP, as I would work for them.