This evening I joined parliamentary candidates from the Lib Dems, Greens and UKIP at a debate on the EU hosted by Broxtowe in Europe. Conspicuous by her absence was Anna Soubry, who also declined to send a representative or written statement. Nevertheless, an empty seat remained on the stage all evening in case Anna decided to join us...
In many ways I understand why Anna decided not to attend this evening. Brexit is a difficult issue to talk about. It's complex. It's messy. It's riddled with half-truths and broken promises. But these are exactly the reasons why we MUST talk about Brexit. Why we have to confront the situation in which we find ourselves, and find a way forward that protects all our interests the best that we can.
Tonight I talked about my red lines around Brexit. If you elect me as your MP these are the things that I will never, ever compromise on - protecting employment rights, preserving the status of EU nationals in the UK and of our UK nationals living abroad, retaining the wide ranging environmental protections offered by the EU.
I don't believe we can unstitch the results of the referendum, and I don't believe we should keep repeating the referendum until we get the result some of us might want. We have to work with it, and work hard to get what's best for us here in Broxtowe.