This election is already boosting democracy

Owen Smith and Heidi Allen have resigned and Anna Soubry is almost certain to lose her seat.


Topics Brexit Politics UK

The General Election campaign hasn’t even begun and yet it is already paying off for democracy.

One of the most enraging things about this zombie parliament staggering on for as long as it has is that it has sustained a group of anti-Brexit MPs who have openly deceived their electorates.

Take Anna Soubry. She was re-elected in 2017 as Tory MP for Broxtowe, a pro-Leave seat, on a manifesto to uphold the referendum result. She proceeded to continue blocking Brexit, and to this end she joined a new anti-Brexit party, called Change the Independent TIG or something, without submitting herself to the indignity of a by-election.

Surprise, surprise, she was against having another General Election and she voted against it yesterday, presumably because her party is on a whopping zero per cent in the polls and the chances of her being re-elected are close to nil. She says the election will achieve nothing. But as John Mann pointed out with a pitch-perfect heckle last week, it will at least get rid of her.

The other four non-entity MPs who have stuck it out in TIG, even after their party’s drubbing in the European elections, are also almost certain to lose their seats, if they end up standing at all. What a fitting finale this will be to one of the most hilariously misjudged and shamelessly elitist political projects of recent times.

Other anti-Brexit Tory defectors aren’t even bothering to submit themselves to the verdict of their voters, such as Heidi Allen, who left the Tories to join TIG and then, a few weeks ago, moved on to the Lib Dems. Rather than face her South Cambridgeshire constituents – who she repeatedly assured during the 2017 campaign she would respect the Brexit result – she has announced she is stepping down.

She cites the abuse she receives, as an MP in this febrile political climate, as a key reason for her decision. Though it’s interesting that up until yesterday she seemed prepared to continue on in the job, wielding the power her constituents lent her for a party, the Lib Dems, that only 18.6 per cent of them voted for in 2017.

Anti-Brexit Labour MPs are throwing their toys out of the pram, too. Owen Smith – whose biggest contribution to public life so far has been that bizarre joke about his penis during his no-hope attempt to oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader in 2016 – has also quit. He wants a second referendum, stitched up against Leave, before a General Election. On Newsnight recently he was at least honest enough to admit that the reason he didn’t back an election is because it was unlikely to help his anti-Brexit cause.

Who knows what will happen in this election campaign – it is likely to be the most unpredictable in recent memory. But it is already proving to be worth traipsing to the polls in the middle of winter. The fact that the mere threat of the voters having their say is already clearing out some no-mark, anti-democratic MPs shows how badly this election was needed.

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Marvin Jones

31st October 2019 at 1:25 pm

I apologise in advance. From that picture, it certainly is clearing out the crap.

James Conner

31st October 2019 at 6:28 am

“to be worth traipsing to the polls in the middle of winter”

Winter starts on 22nd December. So, far from being in the middle of Winter, the election will take place in the Autumn.

Michael Lynch

30th October 2019 at 8:49 pm

So Heidi ‘who’ and Owen Smarm have resigned, eh? Best news for months. At least the Lib Dums will have one less seat after the 12th. I only hope that the people won’t fall for the Corbyn sweeties on offer.

H McLean

30th October 2019 at 7:12 pm

Someone should explain to the emotional Heidi Allen that we live in a society and you get what you deserve.

Charles Buonaventura

30th October 2019 at 6:50 pm

I will be voting for TBP in this election. At this point I consider Brexit to be all but dead, strangled at birth by the Remainer establishment, so I don’t fear a second referendum, revocation or a Corbyn government (which will also be neutered if it comes to pass) as the cost of voting with my conscience. I see the current deal as being as “out” as we will be allowed to be, then we will slowly be reeled back in, by the continuation of Remainer guerilla warfare during the negotiations, and then by left-wing (Rejoin?) governments once the pendulum swings back in that direction. There is no appetite for real change, the Establishment just wants to go back to kabuki theatre politics and business as usual.

Marvin Jones

30th October 2019 at 4:16 pm

This Cretin Steptoe wants foreigners to vote in a country’s GE? He will include Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS next.

Jerry Owen

31st October 2019 at 8:22 am

Sadly not his mate Al Bagdhadi.

Winston Stanley

30th October 2019 at 4:14 pm

Ukip is also on zero percent. Do not waste your vote on them.

Eric Praline

30th October 2019 at 4:43 pm

They seem to have got through another leader. Anyone with ambitions to lead a political party should join UKIP and they’ll get a chance.

Perverted Lesbian

30th October 2019 at 4:01 pm

Anna Soubry practically begging for her lib Dems colleagues not to back a GE was cringeworthy, she commented twice on how ‘brave she was’, yes she name-checked herself twice. As long as people are not stupid and vote for the Brexit Party in areas where it is close between Lab and Con we should be alright. I am afraid that the talking di1do that is Farage may frighten moderate democrats away from supporting Brexit.

Perverted Lesbian

30th October 2019 at 4:03 pm

*don’t vote for the Brexit Party, that meant to say* Doh!

Michael Lynch

30th October 2019 at 8:51 pm

I don’t want Soubry to resign. Instead, I want to see her humiliated by her constituents. Oh, how the high and mighty fall.

Jerry Owen

31st October 2019 at 8:24 am

If you don’t vote for the Brexit Party you are voting for more of the same
Can you quantify your statement that Farage is a ‘dildo’ ?

Perverted Lesbian

1st November 2019 at 3:03 pm

I don’t understand how you think voting for the Brexit party is going to help anything, it will return a hung parliament, there are simply not enough number of people prepared to vote for Farage to make a significant impact, there are perhaps a few seats up north they could win, but the bulk of the seats will be hotly contested between LAB and CON and if you vote Brexit party those seats will go to Labour, how is this not blatantly obvious to you?
Farage’s gob is what makes him a D1ldo, with his mate Trump, it will turn people off, and detract from the message People vs Parliament, 12/12 is a long time to keep people focused. I appreciate Farage getting us the Ref in the 1st place and for the Brexit party keeping the Tories on their toes, but now is the time to put ego’s aside if you want there to be any kind of Brexit, this GE is our last chance, if it is a hung parliament, Brexit is dead

Forlorn Dream

30th October 2019 at 1:23 pm

It’s time to drain the swamp!!

Let’s hope it’s a Brexit party/Tory coalition with the Brexit party in the lead role.

That would be the best Xmas present I’ve ever had.

Perverted Lesbian

30th October 2019 at 4:07 pm

It would be if Tories made a deal with Farage, but they won’t..

James Conner

31st October 2019 at 6:31 am

They’re not going to declare that they’d be prepared to make a deal with anyone at the moment. But come the day, to form a govt, they will make a deal with Farage. I guarantee it.

Jerry Owen

30th October 2019 at 12:28 pm

Remember if you vote for your local Tory candidate you are helping to support a ‘remain’ led party thus a ‘remain’ government, ditto labour and ditto the insignificant LibDems whoever they are.
The only viable honest pro Brexit vote is for your local BP candidate ( preferable) or UKIP candidate, these are genuine ‘leave’ parties the rest are not.
It is really that straight forward. The next GE will be fought on ‘remain’ or ‘leave’. Let’s kick the bast*rds while they are still reeling.

Perverted Lesbian

30th October 2019 at 4:06 pm

Have you lost your mind? stop being greedy, no deal is pie in the sky at this point, voting for the Brexit party will return a hung parliament, people are just not that into Farage, he may win a few seats up north, but other than that it will split the vote, if there is another hung parliament Brexit is finished, so what is it that you want?

Jerry Owen

31st October 2019 at 8:28 am

I want to leave the EU as voted for by 17 4 million people .. what is that you don’t understand about leave ?
The old two party system needs to be smashed it won’t happen overnight but now is an ideal time to start .. try and think of the bigger picture if possible .
Oh and BTW the Brexit Party walked the euro elections , or did you miss that one !!

Dominic Straiton

30th October 2019 at 11:53 am

Lying to the electorate via a manifesto should be a criminal act. MPs are delegates , not representatives. Burke lived well before democracy and today mps stand on a party manifesto.

Jim Lawrie

30th October 2019 at 12:29 pm

I agree. When an MP leaves a Party by choice or expulsion, an election must be made mandatory.
Had that been the case then this General Election would not be necessary. Just a series of by-elections, Brexit Party MP’s, and Brexit would be tomorrow.

Jim Lawrie

30th October 2019 at 11:50 am

This election is already sowing some our politicians at their brilliant best. We had Jeremy Corbyn telling us Dec 12 is 9 days before the shortest day of the year, and 13 before Christmas. Jeremy knows when Christmas Day is. No doubt one of his super advisers did the arithmetic for him. The man is a genius.

He said all the students will have gone home by Dec 12. Fake news. End of term is mostly Dec 20.

His proposal for EU nationals to vote shows he has no regard for legitimacy but craves power by any means.

Dominic Straiton

30th October 2019 at 1:09 pm

Im enjoying the claims that its too cold and dark in December. They forget that this country had by elections during world war 2 when bombs were dropping rather than a bit of snow.

Marvin Jones

30th October 2019 at 4:12 pm

Abbutt would have done the maths for Steptoe, but someone put a second bead on her abacus and she was stumped.

Michael Lynch

30th October 2019 at 8:58 pm

I genuinely burst into uncontrollable laughter when he claimed that about the students. He has absolutely no credibility left.

Jim Lawrie

30th October 2019 at 11:34 pm

The implication was that they are all registered to vote in the constituency where they stay during term time.

By their own reasoning they ought not to vote knowing they will be gone in <2yrs on average, leaving the permanent residents and those who are now under 18 to live with the consequences of their choice.

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