MP 'Behaved with decency and integrity'

HAVING read the vitriolic attacks on our MP, Jonathon Djanogly (Letters, June 3), I feel some perspective needs to be added. As Rodney Bird pointed out, we have a very hard-working, conscientious and honest MP . I, like any constituent who has had dealin

HAVING read the vitriolic attacks on our MP, Jonathon Djanogly (Letters, June 3), I feel some perspective needs to be added. As Rodney Bird pointed out, we have "a very hard-working, conscientious and honest MP". I, like any constituent who has had dealings with our MP, would consider this accurate and fair.

Understandably, in these extremely difficult economic times, all MPs' expenses appear alarming and extravagant. But it is essential to appreciate that the vast majority of our MPs legitimately claimed expenses to which they were entitled.

It is the minority of toxic MPs, such as Hazel Blears, Margaret Moran, Elliot Morley and others from all parties whose alleged duplicity abused the expenses system. But these morally-toxic MPs should not be allowed to taint the reputations of the good guys, such as Jonathon Djanogly.

Painting all MPs as disingenuous at best, and corrupt at worst, is as valid as describing all blondes as bimbos, all builders as cowboys, and all hooded youths as criminals. It is an intellectually-lazy sweeping statement which is a total distortion of the facts.

It is clear to anyone with a shred of intelligence that Jonathon Djanogly has behaved with decency and integrity throughout what is a national controversy concerning all MPs. He is not responsible for the expenses system, and so should not be blamed for its faults.

Equally, it should be seen as totally irrelevant whether he is the son of a prince or a pauper. Our MP should be judged on his continued hard work, and not on his father's bank balance. Any criticisms of his parental wealth are cynical and shabby attempts to undermine our MP's credibility in these cash-strapped times.

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In response to Pat Hesford's accusation that we, as Huntingdon voters, would "vote in a dead ferret if it had a Tory rosette on", I would suggest that I may not be much of a zoologist, but even if you were as blind as a bat, you could see that Jonathon Djanogly is an honourable MP who serves his constituency well and, as one of the good guys, deserves Huntingdon's continued support.

E TROTMAN

Alconbury

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