The sweetest scalps of the Brexit election

Lots of anti-democrats and democracy dodgers were ousted last night.

Fraser Myers

Fraser Myers
Staff writer

Topics Brexit Politics UK

The Brexit election has delivered a stunning smackdown to the Remain establishment, with many of the worst Brexit-blockers and anti-democrats getting turfed out of parliament by the voters last night.

These were some of the sweetest scalps:

Jo Swinson

The Liberal Democrat leader began the campaign insisting she could be the next prime minister. She ended the campaign by losing her seat.

‘Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats’ ran a presidential campaign putting her front-and-centre. But polls later suggested that the more voters saw of Swinson, the more they disliked her.

Swinson was also responsible for the disastrous pledge to unilaterally revoke Article 50 – a policy so extreme and dogmatic that it turned off many Remain voters and even allowed the Labour Party to present its Brexit betrayal as the more reasonable option for anti-democrats.

Swinson lost to the SNP by 149 votes.

Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry was one of the zombie parliament’s most prominent Remoaners. Despite being elected in 2017 as a Conservative on a Leave ticket, in a pro-Leave seat, Soubry attempted to block Brexit at every turn. When she left the Tories to join The Independent Group (later Change UK, then The Independent Group for Change) she refused to hold a by-election. ‘My values, my principles, the mandate that I believe I had from the good people of Broxtowe has not changed’, she insisted.

Soubry also attempted to block a General Election: ‘A General Election will solve nothing’, she told the Commons. ‘It will get rid of you’, quipped Labour’s John Mann in response. With her party polling at zero per cent, Soubry was right to fear the judgement of the voters:

Laura Pidcock

Laura Pidcock was only elected in 2017 but as an ally to Jeremy Corbyn, and sometimes described as his de-facto deputy, she was widely tipped for the Labour leadership – until last night when she lost her seat, North West Durham, to the Conservatives. This was the first time the seat had ever fallen to the Tories.

When elected, Pidcock promised to be a ‘mouthpiece for my constituents and class’. But while her constituents and class voted Leave, Labour became a Remain party.

Symbolically, Pidcock’s old seat contains Consett. The Consett steelworks was one of the most iconic casualties of Thatcherism. But now Brexit has frayed this area’s loyalty to Labour and pushed voters towards the Conservatives – a once unthinkable scenario.

Chuka Umunna

Another former contender for the Labour leadership was Chuka Umunna. Way back in 2015, Umunna ran for leader and then withdrew. This year he withdrew from Labour to join Change UK, before jumping ship again – this time to the Liberal Democrats. At no point did he bother the people of Streatham for their say on the matter. In yesterday’s election, he was moved to the much posher Cities of London and Westminster constituency but failed to get the votes.

Chuka’s democracy dodging caught up with him in the end:

Fraser Myers is a staff writer at spiked and host of the spiked podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @FraserMyers.

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Fred Mutton

1st January 2020 at 7:15 pm

Please Boris, make my life complete withdraw citizenship from all the prominent traitors and put them on the next ferry.

Marvin Jones

16th December 2019 at 3:27 pm

I must add Grieve and Gauke to the list for my unlimited joyous happiness.

Amanda Lothian

17th December 2019 at 7:51 pm

that screetching Paula Sheriffs has gone, thank God.

Willie Penwright

16th December 2019 at 10:55 am

The only Brexit-blocker I feel sorry for is that clownlike character dressed in an EU flag and shouting at people through a very large loudhailer. Surely he can be employed as a town cryer, a great old English tradition, to advise those who have rejected other forms of news communication on what is important within the realm.

Nigel Griffiths

14th December 2019 at 6:10 pm

Cannot believe the public voted for the lying of Johnson and his crowd.the best we could have hoped for was a hung parliament with lib dems and snp forcing an end to the idiotic brexit which is possibly the most ridiculous ever .it might be undemocratic but the referendum was only advisory and should have been ignored.we are screwed.

Willie Penwright

14th December 2019 at 8:13 pm

The people obviously didn’t know who they were voting for. Why don’t you start the “People’s General Election Campaign” and do it all again?

Dan Under

14th December 2019 at 8:59 pm

Funny how the Left ‘can’t believe’ anything when it goes against them.
So insulated, self-absorbed, brittle, and fragile. Pathetic really.

Rikhard Wright

14th December 2019 at 10:35 pm

Just like the Right, in fact.

Jon Jump

16th December 2019 at 11:03 am

“it might be undemocratic” Clearly it would have been undemocratic. If the many millions of people whom your tribe has been deriding as thick for 3 and a half years can work that out, why can’t you?

Alex Ander

16th December 2019 at 11:30 am

Doesn’t matter if Boris is a liar or Brexit was a product of lies. The thing that matters is the role that those lies actually played in influencing or determining the way people voted. We have no of knowing this so claiming anyone or anything is the product of lying is immaterial….

Marvin Jones

16th December 2019 at 3:30 pm

You add to my endless delight and knowledge that the people do not forget, and in this case reap a tsunami of distress to traitors and betrayers of democracy like yourself. Merry Christmas.

Davy Hayes

14th December 2019 at 5:34 pm

Laura “I wouldn’t be friends with a Tory” going to be pretty lonely up there now then…..

Amanda Lothian

17th December 2019 at 7:55 pm


Neil McCaughan

14th December 2019 at 2:21 pm

On the other hand, truly sorry to see Frank Field and Caroline Flint gone. And Dennis Skinner really was a great British institution.

Mike Ellwood

15th December 2019 at 1:51 pm

Full agree with this. Some very good people gone amid the dross.

Stevie R

14th December 2019 at 12:46 pm

I would like to thank the Britsh people from the bottom of my heart for the fact that I won’t have to wear a yellow star now when leaving my house. You have proved we are safe in your hands.

Major Bonkers

14th December 2019 at 2:14 pm

The number one reason not to vote for Corbyn or Labour was their disgraceful attitude towards the Jews of this country. God knows why Corbyn picked this particular fight – and choose it he did – and one can only presume that it was some sort of half-witted attempt to suck up to the Muslim vote.

The constituents of Finchley and Golders Green have re-elected Mike Freer (Conservative), whereas the unfortunate Jews of Stamford Hill – they seem to be very orthodox in that part of the world – have got the hopelessly stupid Diane Abbott back as their MP. It is contemptible that she never had the simple decency to stand up for her constituents against the abuse directed against them.

Rikhard Wright

14th December 2019 at 10:35 pm

The Murdoch-owned mainstream media chose this fight for Labour.
It had nothing to do with Corbyn.
It was simply their way of exterminating him.

Major Bonkers

15th December 2019 at 8:49 am

I’m not going to continue this sterile thread. In his Andrew Neil interview, Corbyn had the opportunity four times to apologise and row back from the anti-semitism that he and his party are associated with. And he couldn’t even do that.

Davy Hayes

15th December 2019 at 11:05 am

Well said, sir

Marvin Jones

16th December 2019 at 3:36 pm

Being of a single cell amoeba type, she only sees the blacks as being racially abused. I almost feel suicidal at the thought of her potentially becoming HS.

Jim Lawrie

14th December 2019 at 11:44 am

On the face of it Swinson’s constituency is affluent and middle class, but most of the only have to look back one or two generations to arrive at their working class roots. To their credit they no longer shun that part of themselves now that they have lost the spam valley and “brand new snobs” slurs.
Their voting history shows that they make up their minds from election to election, and not generation to generation. She lost sight of all that when she went full steam anti-pleb on the assumption that they were safely the same. With turnout averaging 80%, being in tune with the constituents is not optional. Their outlook is much more working class than the bald facts of income, occupation and home ownership would suggest.

The SNP won the seat, and there was great whooping in Edinburgh. But they know that they can no longer thwart democracy by holding a gun to the Westminster head and demanding Indyref2.
Pro-Union parties took 54% in Scotland, pro-Independence 46%. Three major opinion polls in December this year show a 6 point lead for No to independence, with an average of 8% undecided, and 1% refusing to answer. For all their pomp and flourish, they know the game is up, and they can no longer avoid the currency question. We Scots are quite keen on the pound in our pocket, and will check the value of anything we are offered in exchange. We will not give it up for promisory notes and I.O.U.’s from Europe. More so that GBP is now rising.

Jim Lawrie

14th December 2019 at 10:48 am

Three women and a big girl’s blouse.


14th December 2019 at 2:19 pm

Big Jim Lawrie wrestles sabre-toothed tigers with his bare hands! A Hercules of our time!

Jim Lawrie

15th December 2019 at 9:56 am

With their prey dwindling and unable to adapt, sabre tooths suffered the same fate as awaits you and Labour – extinction. “The poor bastards”, as you describe them, have turned on you. Why do you feel the need to hound me with invective. Because you have nothing of substance to say? You are whistling in the dark. Drawing attention to your fear.

Michael Lynch

14th December 2019 at 5:10 pm

Oh, Jim, keep them one liners coming, please. Had me belly laughing.

Jim Lawrie

15th December 2019 at 10:09 am

I used to know a few former pupils from Umunna’s old school. Well connected, well heeled, low alibre. One, whose educational, ethnic, family and career trajectory was very similar to Umunna’s, regularly pulled out the race card in an argument. Based only on my accent, he was fond of addressing my points with “you see, someone like you wouldn’t understand … “. He was particularly snidey to white working class women on their own.

Bella Donna

14th December 2019 at 10:28 am

It was an absolute delight to see these haters of democracy get their very just and long overdue comeuppance. Good riddance to them all!

steve moxon

13th December 2019 at 11:37 pm

The number one target was Sourpuss, and boy did she get it in the neck. Just 4k votes, less than 10%, and third behind Liebore.
Great to see the back of that femascist male-hating idiot, Paula Sherriff.
Unfortunately, also swept up in all this were the principled defectors from Liebore: most notably Frank Filed, who has always been an excellent MP.

Glenn Bell

14th December 2019 at 7:24 am

It was worth sitting up all night to witness her humiliation alone!

Hugh Bryant

14th December 2019 at 10:03 am

Sad to see Caroline Flint – a voice of sanity and a genuine democrat – go as well.

H McLean

13th December 2019 at 9:08 pm

So many anti-Brexit traitors got the boot it’s like winning the lotto and finding a tenner on the way to the bank. It’s hard not to feel that Swinson got exactly what she deserved. She always seemed to be pretending to be a politician, even down to her obtuse inability to recognise her own illiberal and anti-democratic rhetoric.

C’est la vie. Parliament will be better for it, hopefully.

James E Shaw

13th December 2019 at 9:06 pm

I suspect that Soubry, Umanna, and all these heroic defenders of democracy knew the game was up but continued to fight on.

That is to their credit, 16.1 million people deserve to have their opinions heard.

Spiked claims to be a defender of democracy; what it really supports is mobocracy in self denial.

Bella Donna

14th December 2019 at 10:32 am

Do grow up and stop pouting! You lost the Referendum. Move out if you don’t like living in an independent sovereign country!

Ven Oods

14th December 2019 at 5:58 pm

“I suspect that Soubry, Umanna, and all these heroic defenders of democracy knew the game was up but continued to fight on.”
Of course, the fact that, having not stood down and instead ‘fought on’ means that they get a taxpayer-funded payout as retiring MPs probably had nothing to do with their decision to stand for re-election…
Snouts at the public purse to the last – and a nice pension guaranteed to boot.

Marvin Jones

16th December 2019 at 3:42 pm

It was a binary choice, and you traitors “LOST!”. Now F*** OFF!

James Knight

13th December 2019 at 7:36 pm

Now Guardianistas like Polly Toynbee are turning on Corbyn, I am waiting for the point where I start to feel sorry for him.

No, hasn’t happened yet.

Mike Ellwood

15th December 2019 at 1:58 pm

Will be interesting to see how true believers like Owen Jones react.

Polyfilla was never a true believer.

Michael Lynch

13th December 2019 at 7:20 pm

It was natural justice, a bonfire of the vanities, and so satisfying to watch. However, even I was shocked that Prime Minister Swinson got turfed out so roundly. I had to pinch myself this morning when awaking, thinking that I’d merely had a pleasant dream! These Lib Dems just never learn do they? They ignored the lesson of their disastrous coalition, then put an air head in charge (the sight of Ed Davey following her around like a puppy, hanging on her every word was so toe curling), then failed to judge the mood of the country demonstrated by the MEP elections and dramatic rise of the BP. They really have been living in an alternate universe since Clegg and Cable. They’re as washed up as Labour now.
Then there’s Chukka, the once rising star of the Labour Party. I’m not sure whether it’s a flaw in his personality (for one so young to be so arrogant is very unusual), or if it’s because he’s been bigged up too much by his metropolitan mates; probably a combination of both. However, he’s done for now and has to put up with a bad case of ‘the failure to launch’ miseries from now on.
Finally, the less said of the fascist Soubry the better. I didn’t really worry about her as she’d become so toxic; nobody in Parliament wanted anything to do with her over the last few months. You could see it. However, I take pleasure from the absolute drubbing she got. Maybe now she’ll keep out of the public eye and give us all a rest. Great result for democracy last night.

steve moxon

13th December 2019 at 11:45 pm

Jo Swizz seemed intent on vying with Rebecca Double-barrel-face for coming across as being younger than 12 and unhinged. She’s destroyed the Glib Dems to the point they need to change their name to avoid laughter whenever its used. Rebecca Double-barrel-face will do similar to Liebore if she makes it to leader, assuming there’s anything left to destroy.

Marvin Jones

16th December 2019 at 3:47 pm

Swineson and her dopey mob thought that they had a Eureka discovery with the idea of “revoke”, and decided to start digging, not with a spade but a JCB. As for Rebecca, if she forgets to put her make-up on, her face will fall off.

Alley Kat

14th December 2019 at 4:38 pm

Jo Swinson, who threw female voters under the bus by refusing to acknowledge that “sex” is a scientific biological immutable fact.

Let this GE be the end of poisonous identity politics which only cause division and hate. Let each person have their own worth rather than be a notch on the scale of victimhood.

Dan Under

14th December 2019 at 9:05 pm

Let it indeed be so!
I fear nonetheless that the neo-Marxists, without their political correctness, identity politics and cultural Marxism, sentenced to pedalling division, exclusion, inequality and inequity will be even more vacant. Perhaps they might be encouraged and rewarded to take up an alternative pursuit, a creative hobby or meals on wheels?

cliff resnick

13th December 2019 at 6:59 pm

Sometimes justice is done!

Bella Donna

14th December 2019 at 10:37 am

It doesn’t happen often enough though, but I’ll take this win gladly. Mayhap finally we will see an end to the constant nasty vitriol from remoaners who have caused such trouble for over 3 years.

Melissa Jackson

13th December 2019 at 6:28 pm

Sic semper tyranis, says I.

In this election I simply can’t resist a little schadenfreude. Given just how smugly repellent so many candidates were, it feels genuinely just to enjoy their failures.

Swinson is certainly the sweetest to me. She got exactly what she deserved. She had a manifesto essentially indistinguishable from the SNPs in most regards, except that it had nothing of particular interest to say about Scotland or anything unique to offer them.

The SNP are awful for other reasons, but if you’re a Scottish voter who has the choice between “No Brexit” and “No Brexit and Yes To Scotland!” then what way would you go?

It seems that Swinson genuinely believed every single Scot voted Remain and so she could coast on her credentials as the UKs leading Remoaner.

She got what she deserved; expelled by a public she has served so poorly. Many other got the same.

And never before has it been more deserving. Good Lord, just think back to how they have behaved. Just think about how doggedly awful they were, how determined to undermine the people who voted for them in public.

The message out of the whole left this election was “Shut up and vote for us, bigots”. They had no vision at all, except that they should be in charge.

Kevin Rafferty

14th December 2019 at 10:43 am

A “little” schadenfreude? I’ve been wallowing in it like a hippo in a pond!

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13th December 2019 at 6:01 pm

I was glad to see that Woolaston got her orders – she can go back to being a GP but would her patients believe her in future

Ronald Langstaff

13th December 2019 at 5:24 pm

If you treet your core voters with contempt you cannot complain if they bite you on the arse. We all know what Islington Labour think of the workers; Emily made that clear in her White Van Man tweet. All in all a good night for democracy.

Ven Oods

13th December 2019 at 4:22 pm

These results carried a definite sense of karma finally catching up with the Brexit-blockers.

My sympathies lie entirely with the likes of Skinner and Flint, whose fate seemed rather undeserved. But, tsunamis tend to carry all before them.

M Blando

13th December 2019 at 5:07 pm

Indeed, Flint’s exiting message was both honest and humble. A credit to her… she’ll be back methinks once Brexit is done and threat of Corbynism is a thing of the past, the tribal voting will return.

Marvin Jones

16th December 2019 at 3:52 pm

She may even make an excellent Tory.

Mike Ellwood

15th December 2019 at 2:06 pm

Agreed. Unlike most here, it seems, I am not anti-Corbyn (rather the opposite), but I do think he f***ed up majorly over Brexit (by allowing Labour to become a Remain party).

He should have followed his instincts and campaigned for Leave in 2016 (Labour Leave / Lexit, and then followed his 2017 manifesto commitment to implement Brexit. This, together with his other policies, would have gone down in the “Labour heartlands”, and if done correctly, he could still have argued the case among the so-called liberal elite, Guardianista classes.

Mike Ellwood

15th December 2019 at 2:11 pm

“gone down well in the “‘Labour Heartlands’ ” I meant, of course. 🙂

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