Politics - Is it right for MP to stand?

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Sir Edward Leigh, the current MP for Gainsborough, will be defending his seat in the 2015 election.

I believe that, in light of the increasing investigations about paedophilic activity centered around Westminster, it is the duty of the local press to, in the coming weeks, make reference to and raise further public awareness of the national news story dating from November 2014.

This revealed that Sir Edward had engaged in lunch meetings with Duncan Breeze, a convicted paedophile who served two years in prison following the discovery of over four thousand ‘sickening’ images of children on his computer.

Breeze is also now on the sex offenders register. Sir Edward allowed him privileged access to parliamentary buildings, and Breeze also subsequently became consultant to a company for which he himself served as non-executive chair.

Sir Edward has stated that Breeze’s past is of no interest to him and that he believes in ‘forgiveness’; I doubt that high numbers of his constituents would agree.

Is it correct that Sir Edward Leigh should once again stand for parliamentary election without the lenient views that he holds regarding 
child abusers being communicated to as many residents of the Gainsborough area as possible?

Samantha Lewis

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