This is the text of a letter I have sent to MP Adrian Sanders yesterday following his umpteenth outburst against Nick Bye's regeneration proposals:
I am writing to you to make a public plea to you over Torbays Casino proposals following a series of outspoken criticisms you have made this year.
Now that you have made your personal objections clear can I ask you to now fall into line behind other bay leaders and lend your full support to Torbay Councils regeneration proposals for the good of everyone else?
It is vital that we show a united front to win the backing of Government and the confidence of business leaders - they need to see that all of those in authority in Torbay support the mayor in his efforts to bring new prosperity and a future of hope to Torbay.
I fully recognise that you have a problem with some of the proposals being put forward but I would be very surprised if Solomon himself could devise a plan that would please everyone in Torbay, the important thing is to see the bigger picture and move forward.
As our Member of Parliament I believe you have a duty to help promote the Bay and making public comments like "Torbay will be more Monty Python than Monte Carlo." was unhelpful. Previous outbursts have also been un-necessarily negative and have been damaging to Torbay's tourism businesses.
You have had ample democratic opportunity to oppose the Casino legislation in Parliament. You have lost that argument both at national level and locally, where the public overwhelmingly supported the Conservatives last May, and you must now accept the will of the people and now get on with backing the local regeneration plans which will include a new Casino.
You seem in a great hurry to broadcast to the world what you don’t want. That might be acceptable if you had an alternative. Sadly, after ten years in Parliament you have failed to come up with or achieve anything tangible for the people of the Bay.
Many people are coming to the conclusion that your obstinate opposition to these plans may be more to do with the fact that they are a Conservative success story than any other reason. I hope they are wrong, because if they are right it would be the worst kind of party political sour grapes imaginable.
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