Heidi Allen: political fraudster

These Lib Dem defectors have deceived their constituents.


Topics Brexit Politics UK

In a move that has shocked precisely no one, Heidi Allen MP has defected to the Liberal Democrats. This now means that seven of the anti-Brexit Lib Dems’ 19 MPs were elected on other parties’ pro-Brexit manifestos. And it means that Heidi Allen, re-elected as a Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire in 2017, has been a member of three parties in two years – or 47 parties in two years, if you include the various hilarious permutations of Change UK / The Independent Group / Tinge for No Change, the no-hoper anti-Brexit breakaway party she briefly led.

Anti-Brexit MPs changing parties as casually as they might change broadband provider has become familiar. But we shouldn’t let the outrageousness of what it is that they are doing escape us. Every single Lib Dem defector stood on a manifesto pledging to deliver Brexit. They were all elected in areas in which the Lib Dems came either third or fourth at the last election. And precisely none of them has called a by-election, to see if his or her constituents are happy to be represented by another party to the one they actually voted for.

The idea that these anti-Brexit MPs’ views were clear to their constituents is also, frankly, bollocks. Not least because many of them went out of their way to tell their constituents that they would uphold the vote. During the 2017 election campaign, Heidi Allen couldn’t have been clearer, telling a hustings: ‘I was a Remainer, but the minute we start ignoring the democratic will of the people in this country, we are slipping very quickly towards the kind of banana republic I don’t want to live in… So we have to accept the result.’

Ever since the Brexit vote, we’ve heard a lot of talk about MPs being representatives not delegates. Anti-Brexit MPs invoke Edmund Burke and claim that acting in the best interests of their constituents is not necessarily the same as doing what their constituents want. But these people are not defending their right to vote in accordance with their conscience – they are demanding the right to tell their voters one thing and do precisely the opposite. And to be elected wearing one rosette and then casually swap it for another. This is, as one commentator put it, ‘political fraud’. And we shouldn’t let them forget it.

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Ardy Fardy

12th October 2019 at 7:07 am

Once you have cleaned out all of the self-interested, the anti-democratic, the lawyers, the ideologues and the emotional cripples from your parliament can you come down under and get rid of ours?

Peter Gardner

11th October 2019 at 4:49 am

These Remoaners are MPs in name only. They are in cahoots with the EU with the single aim of stopping Brexit. They have no constructive proposals to help UK get a good deal, absolutely none. They contribute nothing positive t debates in Parliament, only negative criticisms of anything that might contribute to UK leaving the EU successfully. Many, now including Bercow, actively discuss with the EU ways of stopping Brexit. They say they only oppose No Deal. The truth is they oppose any deal, whatever it is. They are agents of the EU, cuckoos fouling the nest of British democracy.

Jane 70

9th October 2019 at 5:42 am


Reddit forum-good idea

Derek Staples

8th October 2019 at 9:52 pm

What is beyond me is that it is actually lawful to cross the floor and not be forced face a by-election.
What would stop a candidate “Tactically” standing in an election in a marginal seat to get in and crossing the floor the next day?
The ability for any MP to this without consequences to them is outrageous.

antoni orgill

8th October 2019 at 8:05 pm

who is she? Is there ‘no limit’ to her ambition, either? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no … there’s no limit … of course there is: democratic tolerance …

Frank Sutton

8th October 2019 at 6:59 pm

She used to run a pib – I’m sure there’ll always be a place for behind the bar The Rovers’ Returncoat.

Alex Ander

8th October 2019 at 6:10 pm

South Cambridgeshire was 60.2% in favour of remain. This is all you need to know for this cynical, career-ist politician.

James Knight

8th October 2019 at 5:58 pm

Edmund Burke had a point. But that point is only valid if we had MPs who had stood up for principle at significant political risk to themselves. It doesn’t wash with a bunch of careerist politicians focussed on spin and who think a referendum is like an opinion poll or a vote on the X factor. The fact is they swore to upheld the referendum result and we now know they were lying. That could not be further from what Burke had in mind.

Ed Turnbull

8th October 2019 at 12:36 pm

What in the name of all that’s unholy is going on with the current Sp!ked moderation regime? My comment on this thread is now in mod limbo (I’m unable to understand why), and I’ve no idea if it’ll see the light of day. I’ve had three comments in the last month just disappear down the memory hole, and nowhere could I see where I’d violated the comments policy. Have some of the mods from the Graun infiltrated Sp!ked, and are hard at it removing certain comments?

Jim Lawrie

8th October 2019 at 1:16 pm

The initial blocking is done by software and will be based on keywords.

I’ve figured out what some of them are and how to work around them.

My impression is that someone glances at the comment a few days later and if it is not to their taste they disappear it.

Jane 70

8th October 2019 at 1:17 pm

I’ve had the same frustrations; have they changed the mod bots? They’re holding up polite relevant comments, while allowing strange ramblings.

Ed Turnbull

8th October 2019 at 12:30 pm

I question whether these party-hopping MPs are possessed of any moral compass at all. But the conclusion I come to is they *are*, but it’s rather akin to the compass of Jack Sparrow: it points not north, but rather to what they most desire in the world. Which, in their case, appears to be to thwart the democratically expressed will of the people (the wrong sort of people, obviously) and to keep the EU gravy train rolling.

When Douglas Carswell left the Tories and joined UKIP he did the honourable thing: he called a by-election. Allen et al refuse to. In my book the fitting adjective is ‘despicable’. A pox on every man (and wombyn) Jack of ’em.

Jim Lawrie

8th October 2019 at 12:13 pm

She has all the scruples and loyalty of a mediaeval freelance.

Michael Lynch

8th October 2019 at 11:57 am

As Farage once said – Heidi who? She’ll go the way of all the other anti-Democrats when the election finally comes.

Jane 70

8th October 2019 at 12:00 pm

These party-swappers are democratically challenged. Bring on the GE, so we can show them the door.

Perverted Lesbian

8th October 2019 at 12:24 pm

Would you be interested in a reddit forum if i set one up? we could link the articles that interest us the responses can be visible and responded too in chronological order.

Ven Oods

8th October 2019 at 11:49 am

She’s covered herself in something, but its not glory.
Same goes for the others who’ve avoided facing their constituents.
Rather than Bollocks to Brexit, it would seem that they don’t have a complete set between the lot of them.
Perhaps they should all be asked to sign the pledge about Tuition Fees, now they’ve found their new home.
I wonder how long before they slough off this latest skin?

Dominic Straiton

8th October 2019 at 10:53 am

You either want to live in a free, sovereign country or you dont.

Jane 70

8th October 2019 at 10:42 am

She’s the MP for family members and they’re not impressed with her defection to the Flip-Dumbs.

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