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I wish to congratulate Gail Walker for drawing attention to the ongoing scandal of Northern Ireland politics - double-jobbing (March 2).

Fifteen of our current 18 MPs are MPs in London and MLAs in Belfast (it was 16 until Iris Robinson retired).

However, as Gail points out, it is physically impossible to be in two places at once. Only the Conservatives and Unionists are determined to end this practice at the next election.

I want to be the MP for Upper Bann and pledge not to seek to hold more than one elected office at one time.

It's not a question of money, or whether there may or may not be some overlap in constituency work. I believe that the people of Banbridge, Portadown, Lurgan and the surrounding areas deserve to have an MP who will play a full part in the life of the House of Commons.

It is simply unacceptable that so many of our current MPs are double-jobbing and have dreadful attendance records as a result.

Of course, part of the reason why our current MPs treat Westminster as a part-time activity is because it is difficult for them to have real influence in a Parliament dominated by the Labour and Conservatives.

At the next election, the Conservatives and Unionists offer Northern Ireland the opportunity to play its full part in mainstream UK politics

I believe people in Upper Bann and elsewhere in Northern Ireland will welcome the opportunity to begin to 'normalise' politics here.

HARRY HAMILTON

Conservatives and Unionists candidate for Upper Bann

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