Andrew Jones MP

Andrew Jones MP
Andrew Jones MP, by Highways England, Flickr, Licence CC BY 2.0

Andrew Jones was re-elected MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough on 12th December 2019.

If you write to Mr Jones about an issue, he'll reply politely If he thinks you might vote for him in future; otherwise, not so much. Whether his replies are polite or not, I haven't seen any evidence of action leading to results, so in my view it's a waste of time contacting him.

In the 2019 General Election, the Conservatives got 43% of the votes and 56% of MPs. Their campaign was simplistic and often shockingly dishonest. They failed to explain, or even set out, most of their policies.

Perhaps driven by the strange and worrying Dominic Cummings, they come across as lacking in ethics or self-restraint. There is a realistic fear that they are intent on using power not for the benefit of the people of this country, but to entrench their own privileges and hold on power, and to attack anyone who disagrees with them.

It will be vital to hold them to account.

Andrew Jones MP: decarbonising air travel

15th January 2020

Jet 2 aircraft

Matt Hancock today told Nicky Campbell that we don't need to fly less, because "flying has already decarbonised, and can decarbonise more". Is he right?

Read about Matt Hancock and decarbonising air travel.

Andrew Jones MP: "the People's Government"

14th January 2020

It's cringe-worthy, creepy propaganda, but if you didn't vote for them, are you a "people"?

Read about "the People's Government".

Andrew Jones MP: more roads and no cycling

6th January 2020

No thanks not another motorway
Motorway - No Thanks, by JL57, Licence CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Conservative manifesto allocates a huge sum to causing increased congestion and exacerbating air pollution, by building new roads. Andrew Jones's election literature tried to portray him as a battler against the so-called Harrogate relief road, but he'll be going off to Westminster and voting to inflict 'relief roads' on towns and cities around the country.

Cock-a-hoop after getting 43% of votes in the election, the Conservatives clearly believe that they are incredibly clever. The lesson they have drawn from the election is that you win by convincing people that black is white; and never mind policies, it's the vacuous 3-word slogan that matters.

It seems you can recruit 'new' nurses who already work for the NHS; nobody cares if you lie about the number of new hospitals you plan to build. But mendacious propaganda doesn't change the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Post-truth politics don't alter the laws of physics.

Read about more roads and no cycling.

Andrew Jones MP: an unfair electoral system

22nd December 2019

Votes per MP for different parties at the 2019 General Election
Votes per MP at the General Election 2019, source Electoral Reform Society

The number of votes needed to elect an MP varies wildly according to party, and millions of voters are unrepresented. What should the government do about it, and what should we expect of local MP Andrew Jones?

Read about an unfair electoral system.

Andrew Jones MP: analysis of the election result

17th December 2019

General election results 2019
General election results 2019, source The Guardian, click to enlarge

The Conservatives won 43.6% of the vote - more than any other party, but NOT more than half of the votes.

If you listened to cock-a-hoop Tories in the aftermath of the election, you would think that a majority of British people had voted for them, and given them an 'overwhelming mandate'. But they didn't.

Read an analysis of the election result.

Andrew Jones MP and Brexit.