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SOMERTON & FROME – Update
Current MP: David Warburton (Conservative)
A constituent writes:
Despite the withdrawal of the Brexit Party’s candidate, the Tories still face a concerted effort from the opposition parties of Labour, Lib Dems and the Greens to make a dent in David Warburton’s whopping majority here.
However, all is not well amongst the local Remoaner cabal. Apparently, Somerton & Frome was not included on the agreed list of 60 seats where the Greens, Lib Dems or Plaid Cymru would not compete against each other. It has been alleged that the Lib Dems’ Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael made an emergency dash to Somerset earlier this month to meet local party leaders over whether this constituency should be included in the pact. In fact Mr Carmichael was still at Westminster, and the Greens have been forced to apologise for this ‘misunderstanding.’ The Labour Party increased their vote share in 2017, but this seat is considered a Conservative/Lib-Dem stronghold.
I appreciate the dilemma of Leave voters represented by a professional, political Tory Remain seat-polisher. I would urge them to be careful what they wish for. Given the current political circumstances and regardless of my personal misgivings on the PM’s deal, I still believe that a Conservative majority in the forthcoming election is the only way to secure Brexit. Continuity Remain groupies consumed by their unfettered self-righteousness and utter hypocrisy must not be allowed to disenfranchise 17.4million people.
Current MP: Nigel Evans (Conservative)
Ebbasmum writes: This solid Tory Lancashire constituency was created in 1983 from the broadly similar Clitheroe seat. At that time the Conservative MP was barrister David Waddington, whose main claim to fame was his terribly botched defence of Stefan Kiszko, a man with a mental age of 12 who was accused of the sexual assault and murder of 11-year-old Lesley Molseed in Rochdale in 1975. Poor Kiszko served 16 years before it was proved that he could not have committed the crime, and another man was convicted. Kiszko died 20 months after his release without receiving compensation; Waddington became Home Secretary and then a peer.
At the 1991 by-election caused by his elevation, Liberal Democrat campaigners flooded the constituency and achieved a remarkable win, but the following year it was back to business as usual and Conservative Nigel Evans took the seat. He has been in post ever since, retaining the support of voters despite coming out as gay in 2010 and a trial involving allegations of rape and sexual assault which produced rather unsavoury details about his personal life. He was acquitted on all charges. He is a climate change sceptic and was exemplary on Brexit, voting against May’s deal all three times, but now supports Johnson’s deal. It is almost unimaginable that he will not trounce the other four candidates – Labour, Lib Dem, Green and Independent. Believing as I do that Johnson’s deal is only a marginal improvement on May’s and without a Brexit Party candidate to vote for, I am planning to spoil my ballot paper by writing ‘Brexit Party’ across it.
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