IT would be churlish to challenge Jesse Norman’s record as a constituency MP but it is disingenuous of him to distance himself from an increasingly toxic Conservative government.

Mr Norman was first elected as a Conservative MP in 2010, has supported and served in Conservative governments for the last 14 years, and will represent the Conservatives at the next general election.

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If, as his letter published in the Hereford Times on May 2 implies, Mr Norman wishes to rise above the labels of party politics then he should consider resigning the Conservative whip and standing as an independent.