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


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