Below are further email exchanges between Philip Davies MP and Aisha Ali-Khan:
Subject: Re: Letter to Philip Davies MP
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2015 17:24:02 +0000
Dear Ms Ali Khan
Thank you for your further email.
I have addressed all the points you raise in my previous email, and all the questions you ask were all dealt with during my speech. I can only therefore suggest you read through the debate again.
In your own email you say there are 5-6 million carers and that the bill would have applied to 1.13m carers. Therefore you are accepting that only 1 in 6 carers would have benefitted from this Bill (with the others probably having to pay more to make up the shortfall).
I am sorry that I was unable to join you yesterday.
I am very happy to meet any carers who live in my constituency, and they are free to make an appointment at any time.
As you live in the Keighley constituency, I do not represent you and you should make your own MP aware of your views on this or any other issue.
Philip Davies MP
Sent from my iPad
Dear Mr Davies,
We, along with 30 plus protesters, braved the wet and cold weather to take part in a protest outside your constituency address last week. We felt deeply disappointed that you could not join us to discuss why you decided to filibuster a bill that could have given free hospital parking to carers.
We were met with two very polite and courteous members of your office, who offered us warm drinks and biscuits, yet we would have liked for you to show us some courtesy by actually turning up and speaking to us yourself.
In response to your email below, you write that Ms Julie Cooper MP’s Bill “would have applied to 1.13m carers” when “there are 5-6 million carers” therefore only “1 in 6 carers would have benefited from this Bill”.
If you had actually read Ms Cooper’s Bill you would have realized that the Bill was only intended to provide free parking for those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance (around 700,000 people) An additional 400,000 could have been eligible as they satisfied the criteria for receiving Carer’s Allowance.
The fact that there are around 5-6 million carers in the UK who are providing care for their family and friends, thus saving the British government over £100 billion, should actually make you feel ashamed that you have deprived hard working, caring and committed carers of a small token of comfort in an otherwise difficult situation.
You claim that the Bill proposed by Ms Cooper would result in “others probably having to pay more to make up the shortfall”. I am sure that many would agree with me when I say that the shortfall that you imagine would actually pale into insignificance when compared with the shortfall your Government would have to meet if all carers stopped caring and allowed the burden of care to fall onto the NHS and other services.
You further claim that as I am not a constituent I cannot contact you in regards to this matter. This is false and misleading. I am not contacting you as a constituent but rather as a member of the British electorate who would like to hold an elected official to account for his actions whilst representing members of his constituency in Parliament.
Finally, as a secondary school teacher, I look forward to reading the transcript of your speech on the now failed Compulsory Emergency First Aid Education (State-Funded Secondary Schools) Bill which would have provided vital life-saving first aid training to pupils in schools, in which you spoke for a mere 52 minutes.