Conor Burns Speaks at Political Society
Conor Burns, Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West, today addressed the BS and BSG political society, hosted by Mr McDonald. Conor first gave a short speech mainly focused on the European Union, during which he stressed the need for politicians to “abandon the labels of remain and leave” in order to cure the divisions in Brexit Britain. Thereafter, questions were posed by the audience on current political issues.
Contrary to the views of many Conservative MPs, Burns stated he was in favour of extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds, but drew particular attention to the dangers of such a move being used for “political purposes.” To exemplify, he condemned the decision to lower the voting age for the Scottish Independence Referendum as an attempt by the SNP to skew the result. On the subject of Scottish secession, Burns argued that another vote should be delayed until after the trade negotiations with Brussels are concluded in order to provide the electorate with greater clarity.
Naturally, with the triggering of Article 50 now looming on the near horizon, Conor could not escape questions regarding Brexit. After taking a few moments to ponder, he asserted that he voted in accordance with his own convictions and those of his constituents, but acknowledged the need to listen to the 45% of Bournemouth voters who supported Remain. Burns expressed delight with the Dutch election result but when asked about the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by Sean, clearly manifested his disgust. One of the many CAP related problems Conor pointed out was that it “paid farmers not to work” by dishing out exorbitant subsidies, designed to prop up an archaic French agricultural sector.
After nearly forty minutes of responding, the changeover bell rang, BSGers flocked into the corridors and Conor departed. The Bournemouthian, as well as BS and BSG Political Society would like to thank Conor for coming to speak.