As I am sure you can appreciate, this has been a very difficult and trying time for myself and my family with an inflammatory story run in the press on a national scale.
I would take this opportunity to express my deep sadness to any constituents who feel let down or disillusioned by the allegations. This is made all the harder by the fact that I have been unable to respond myself through a formal investigation
As it happens and since the stories appeared a month ago, I have still not been contacted by any authority and am currently unaware as to whether any investigation has, in fact, been established.
As a result of the widespread allegations I was admitted to hospital and remain under treatment, and I am sorry that this has caused uncertainty about the representation of our constituency. I left hospital some weeks ago and would like to pass on my reassurance that throughout I have been in continual contact with my parliamentary and constituency offices. I continue to respond to enquiries, work on casework, write and speak to Ministers and departments and put questions to them on behalf of constituents, all as normal.
I would like to pass on my most sincere gratitude to the many, many people from across our constituency for the innumerable cards, letters, emails and messages of support that my family and I have received.
I am also extremely grateful to the great number of MPs from both sides of the House for their support. The kindness and support I have seen during this most difficult time only serves to remind me what an enormous privilege it is to serve such a beautiful constituency filled with wonderful people.