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jonathan-lord-mpWoking’s MP, Jonathan Lord, has stated that he is in favour of Britain leaving the European Union – a position also held by his neighbouring MP in Surrey Heath, the justice secretary, Michael Gove. In a statement to the Woking Advertiser , Lord said: “Our membership of the EU prevents us being able to change a vast number of laws. It is estimated that perhaps as much as 60% of our laws come from the EU. Laws which govern us in the UK are decided by politicians and bureaucrats from other countries who we never elected and can’t throw out.

“We cannot even always deport terrorist sympathisers who shouldn’t be in the UK. At root, I believe that the decisions which govern all our lives, the laws we must all obey and the taxes we must all pay should be decided by citizens in a transparent, democratic and accountable way. We must be able to choose our lawmakers and then be able to ‘throw the rascals out’ when we want change. The general public must have the right to change laws and to change governments via elections.”

So Woking’s MP, a former director of Saatchi & Saatchi,  has placed himself in the same camp as the Ukip tendency, and on the opposite side from his own prime minister. He is quite young, and was born long after the second world war. Rather oddly, Wokingmatters could find no reference to his EU stance on the MP’s own official website.

There is also no mention on his website of the fact that Jonathan Lord recently, with many other Tory MPs, approved a planned £30-a-week cut to disability benefits, and rejected a House of Lords plea for an impact assessment. Charities have warned that the cut to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)  would make it more difficult for disabled people to find work and that many struggled to afford food on the benefit at its current level.The government however says the cut, which applies to new claimaints, will incentivise disabled people to find work.