Thank you for contacting me about the campaign led by the pressure group Republic to abolish the monarchy following allegations of privileged access.
I have the utmost respect for HM The Queen and the Royal Family. The Queen has dedicated her life to the service of the United Kingdom and the 16 realms of which she acts as Head of State, and her commitment has been unwavering.
Working members of the Royal Family assist The Queen in carrying out her duties, and these include official state responsibilities in the UK and overseas. Members of the Royal Family also support the public and charitable sector, and around 3,000 organisations have a member of the Royal Family as president or patron.
The Sovereign plays an important constitutional role and The Queen and the Royal Family have a special place in the hearts of the British people. I do not, therefore, agree with your view that the monarchy should be abolished.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me about this issue.
Sally-Ann Hart MP