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Derek Thomas MP Q & A on Supreme Court ruling: 'the country doesn't need any more disruption'

MJ: Tell us how you're feeling then after hearing that verdict from the Supreme Court - you might be back in London soon.

DT: That's true and I sincerely hope that it won't disrupt the Conservative Party conference because I know that earlier in the year the leader of the House had actually approached the different political parties to see if they would be prepared to move their conferences this year and the answer was no. So, I hope that we get to run our conference and hear what the Prime Minister wants to do going forward. At the end of the day, the court is the court and we have to respect and honour their decision, and they found the Prime Minister was unlawful in his decision.

MJ: How do you think Boris Johnson will react to this verdict?

DT: Boris Johnson is a very intelligent man who understands Great Britain, believes in Great Britain and believes in our court system. I don't think this will present him a particular challenge, I think we will return and get on with the job of trying to make a good date of Brexit. I think what he was attempting to do - and I have enormous sympathy for him - is that while there is important work to do, much of our time in Parliament for a long time now has been unnecessarily, in my view, disrupted by people who actually just want to frustrate the process of Brexit, maybe even stop it alltogether. I can see why he wanted us out of the way so they could actually get on with the work. Government has done enormous amount of work and prepared lots of information that is now publicly available on how people can prepare and businesses can prepare for Brexit. So I think the what the government is doing is very important and we can carry on doing that without some individuals really working to disrupt the process.

MJ: Derek, some will say the Prime Minister acted unlawfully he lied to the Queen and he should actually be thinking about resigning.

DT: Well, the courts have found that proroguing was unlawful. That'll be up to Boris and his team to work out the way forward. My personal view is that the country doesn't need any more disruption or uncertainty. Boris has an enormous amount of support from the general public. I found since he became a leader that there's a real optimism in my constituency about getting things done after quite some time of frustration and I think if he were to resign now that would be actually letting a lot of people down that really believe that he can lead us.

MJ: We're living in crazy times when it comes to politics. We're often encouraging people to be praying for our political leaders, it seems that now, more than ever, our leaders need God to help them.

DT: Completely right. I am well aware of the prayer that goes on for the government, for the Prime Minister, for parliament and also for myself, and I really benefit from that. But I would love us to pray more for the well being of the nation. People are very anxious. They're very concerned. They have lost trust in Parliament and their political system. Some years ago now, they lost trust in our banking system and so actually, what is happening is the areas where people have looked to trust and looked for leadership are eroding, falling away, and it's not surprising to us as Christians - it's quite clear in scripture that will take place and so we should be praying actually that God turns hearts towards him and that will be the eternal fruit of this difficult process we're in.

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