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Plaid leader quizzes Tory MP in live Swansea talk show after he voted against equal marriage

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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PLAID leader Leanne Wood accused a Conservative MP who voted against plans for equal marriage of playing "politics by mailbag", during a recording for BBC Three programme, Free Speech, recorded in Swansea's Brangwyn Hall on Wednesday.

David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, said he voted against the equal marriage bill because "in my mailbag my constituents sent to me over 1,000 emails and letters and I had in the region of 15 that wanted me to vote for it. As a member of parliament, my job is to listen to my constituents, that's what I did".

But Ms Wood argued: "I can't believe politics is by mailbag.

"So if you had a mailbag full of people saying they wanted to bring back hanging, you would vote to bring back hanging?"

Free Speech was broadcast live, and the Swansea show focused on long-term unemployment, female harrassment and social media safety.

The show is broadcast every month and is available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

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  • cresswell1  |  February 15 2013, 4:32PM

    Leanne woods is a joke. i will never vote plaid while she is the leader

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  • beccataylor  |  February 15 2013, 11:04AM

    Dan01 - that's a bit like arguing we shouldn't bother voting at all, after all, only the people who care will vote, so that doesn't represent everyone, surely? Also, many many MPs across the country received plenty of mail to the opposite effect. If David Morris didn't, then he didn't. As I said on the show, he represents his constituents, no one else.

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  • Dan01  |  February 15 2013, 10:47AM

    But on the other hand her point about hanging was fair. Can't have it both ways. Very often it is only the activists in persuit of a particular objective that will bother to mail in the first place, but that does not necessarily represent the "voice of the people". Pressure groups already dominate political decisions far too much.

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  • beccataylor  |  February 15 2013, 10:42AM

    Leanne Wood's comments were completely ridiculous. Criticising an MP for listening to his constituents over what has been a sensitive issue across the country as well as parliament, while being an elected representative herself was a silly move. I'll be keeping an eye and ear out for her requests to send letters and campaign to MPs. In a true democracy, speaking to our leaders more often than just at the ballot box is vital to accountability.

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