Not such a stir

24th February 1995 at 00:00
How can an MP handing out school prizes to her own constituents be "stirring afresh the controversy over opting out" ("Opt-out pupils handed prizes by Labour Whip", TES, February 10)?

If Estelle Morris had refused the invitation, you could have used almost the same first paragraph and a similar headline. She was carrying out her representative responsibilities, and I'm astonished you can't see this.

I can imagine a story about a Labour MP having his 20 years of bound volumes of Hansard in a local GM school library: "Labour MP creates library in opt-out school . . . last night it was disclosed, etc etc." I have the largest opt-out school in England in my constituency. It was a good and popular school before opting out and remains so. My bound volumes of Hansard have always been deposited there and will continue to be so deposited. The pupils are my constituents and the school does not own them.

The responsibility of public representation does not stop at any artificial boundaries in our constituencies. If it did, the MP concerned would not be fit to be an MP.

JEFF ROOKER MP

House of Commons

Westminster

London SW1

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