A quarter of Lib Dem MPs were not elected as Lib Dems

And yet they refuse to allow the public to have their say.


Topics Brexit Politics UK

The illiberal, anti-democratic Liberal Democrats gained another MP today. Luciana Berger jumped ship from Change UK – party of the nought per cent – having previously left Labour in February. Berger is the Lib Dems’ second scalp this week after Remoaner Tory Phillip Lee crossed the floor, depriving Boris Johnson of his majority.

The Lib Dems boast that they are ‘surging’. There are now 16 Lib Dem MPs sitting in the House of Commons. But only 12 of these won seats at the last General Election in 2017. (One of whom resigned the whip in December 2018, but another was elected in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.)

In other words, a quarter of the Lib Dems in parliament were elected for other parties, on different mandates. Coming from the Tories and Labour, all four were elected on manifestos that promised to deliver Brexit.

The honourable thing for an MP to do when crossing the floor is to hold a by-election – to confirm that his or her constituents support their change of heart. This would be very tricky for our current defectors.

The Lib Dem vote share in these MPs’ constituencies is embarrassingly low. Just 12.9 per cent of Sarah Wollaston’s Totnes constituents backed the Lib Dems in 2017. And it gets lower from there. In Philip Lee’s Bracknell constituency, 7.5 per cent voted Lib Dem, while the Lib Dems won just 6.5 per cent of the vote in both Chuka Umunna’s Streatham constituency and Luciana Berger’s Liverpool Wavertree.

It’s no wonder they have refused to go back to the people.

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Michael Lynch

5th September 2019 at 5:51 pm

Clegg destroyed the Liberals with outrageous duplicity and so will Swinson in her turn. Once Brexit has been resolved then the Liberals will be finished in future GE’s when their usefulness to Remainers has expired. They’ll certainly have to change their name from Liberal Democrats to the Illiberal Authoritarians in the meantime.


5th September 2019 at 5:50 pm

Oh boo hoo! I think this country has bigger things to worry about right now than the fact that a quarter of the Lib Dems weren’t voted in as Lib Dems.

Jerry Owen

5th September 2019 at 9:53 pm

It’s an article based on fact .
Don’t you like facts ?

Linda Payne

5th September 2019 at 4:17 pm

Lib Dems are scum, they supported the vicious welfare reforms of the Tories that have pushed sick people into poverty, the mentally ill, the disabled those who employers don;t want anyway have been effectively ‘othered’ in the political discourse; patronised by the left and loathed by the right


5th September 2019 at 10:25 pm

Spiked are scum, they supported the vicious, heartless anti-immigration policies of Theresa May by backing Brexit. They have pushed people out of work and on to the streets, and denied them access even to their own money. Immigrants have been effectively ‘othered’, loathed by the right and loathed by the supposed Revolutionary Communists.

Jerry Owen

5th September 2019 at 3:45 pm

An astonishing article pointing out things that I just hadn’t even thought about. Bracknell is just down from me and Lee is now a Lib Dem MP on 7.5 of the vote absolutely astonishing !
He will lose it at the next general election Bracknell is quite blue.

Jerry Owen

5th September 2019 at 3:47 pm

I meant to say that Lee is a LibDem MP on the LibDem popularity of 7.5% of the vote.
I do miss editing a post !

Jim Lawrie

5th September 2019 at 9:36 pm

I agree Jerry. Maybe an edit within 5 mins of posting. Or a bigger post box.

Jerry Owen

5th September 2019 at 9:57 pm

Jim Lawrie.
I preferred the old FB site without the spam of course.
Spectator has a good system , I wish Spiked could improve theirs with an edit. The uptick down tick isn’t important.

Michael Lynch

5th September 2019 at 10:39 pm

Jasus, I wish some of the Remainers on here would edit their posts!

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