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MORE readers’ reports about your constituencies as the election campaign goes on. See below for how to submit your own report on the choice of candidates you have, which of them you plan to vote for and why, what you think of their chances and your stance on Brexit.

HEXHAM – Update

Current MP: Guy Opperman (Conservative)

Johnny Dubb writes: So our Brexit Party candidate has been withdrawn and we have a choice of a VERY Lefty Labour candidate (no sense but she does have Momentum ) and Guy Opportune, our very own Oxfordshire ‘How I Love The North’ MP.

Guy will win by a mile. I will either vote UKIP as a protest, if we have a candidate (Tommy Clobbersome? Do me a favour!) or write ‘Brexit Party’ on my ballot.

I will NOT vote Tory because of: 

The puerile hate campaign directed toward Nigel Farage;

The revealing of the true colours (Blue Before Britain) of the so-called ‘Spartans’ especially Baker and Rees-Mogg who, if they were really serious about Brexit, would have fought fire with fire and defected ‘on loan’ to BXP months ago;

The fact that Tory HQ are not-so-quietly filling their candidature with an assortment of closet (a closet with a loose door) Remainer Spads, Spuds & Spivs, of course without any achievements in ‘real life’ to offer. I predict that in six months time we will have another ‘Rebel’ HOC and Boris will again be using the tired ‘I had no choice but to extend’ mantra to Remain.

Via Twitter I have urged former BXP ‘Common Sense’ candidates to stand independently. I did consider applying to be one and that is the route I would be taking, as I think it important to register every vote of dissatisfaction.


Outgoing MP: Keith Simpson (Conservative)

Michael Fahey (39 Pontiac Dream) writes: There will be no Brexit Party candidate in this area so the candidates are three Remainers (Green, Labour and Lib Dem) and one as yet unknown – Jerome Mayhew (Conservative). I say unknown because I can’t find any record of how he voted in the 2016 referendum. No doubt Mr Mayhew will be plugging Boris’s deal and fighting on a ‘Leave’ ticket. 

I have no one to vote for in this election. As TCW and commenters already know, I won’t vote for an identity-politicking, feminist-loving progressive party so I’ll be spoiling my ballot paper on December 12, possibly with something unprintable. 

If I’d been in a better position, I might have convinced Tina to up sticks and move to Bognor Regis, where there is no Brexit Party candidate but where David Kurten is standing for UKIP. Anyone who has read his excellent articles on TCW would know that Mr Kurten is a good egg and, having met him, I can confirm he’s a jolly fine gentleman. As it is, we’re stuck in a constituency with no voice. 



MP: Ed Miliband (Labour)

Susan Dooley writes:
 My constituency is part of the Soviet Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire – Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley. Coal and steel were its economy until the pits and steel plants closed down. Before these closures, the sky was red (from the steelworks), everything was blackened (from the coal), and Labour was and is a religion. Despite the battles to prevent pit closures, no miner I know wanted his sons to go down the pit. We’ve had £billions invested in new business, inward investment, retraining and infrastructure and most job-seekers can find a job. We have immigrants who, for the most part, work hard and contribute to the economy. My constituency voted 68 per cent to Leave. We never see fratricidal Miliband; Farage and Boris have both been here. Farage is popular, Boris is not. South Yorkshire will NEVER vote Tory but probably would vote TBP, and we have a Brexit Party candidate, Andrew Stewart, actively campaigning.  A Conservative all my life, I cannot vote for Boris and his surrender deal: so Andrew Stewart will get my vote and he could pull votes from people who feel disenfranchised by both Tories and Labour. Here’s hoping . . .

If this lets in Corbyn, hard cheddar. If people want Corbyn, let them have him: ‘Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard’ – H L Mencken.

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