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TCW Election Watch


MORE readers’ reports from and about your constituencies, 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. See below for how to submit your own report.

HEXHAM, Northumberland

Current MP: Guy Opperman (Conservative).

Johnny Dubb writes: An Oxfordshire barrister, Guy was forced upon this safe Northern seat by Tory HQ. Obviously destined for greater things. Having voted for the May Withdrawal Agreement three times, Guy will apparently vote for anything which keeps him in a job. He loves to vote. In fact, his ideal PM would probably be Simon Cowell.

I responded to Guy’s recent ‘marks out of 10’ voting survey by saying that Labour, Lib Dems and Greens had zero chance of my vote, Tories a six and BXP a 10.

However, this was before Cash, Baker, Rees-Mogg and Co began their childish name-calling of Farage. Now it’s Tories zero. If we don’t have a BXP candidate, I will simply write BXP on the ballot paper. I mean, even David Attenborough has never seen donkeys attacking a lion, but we’re seeing it now.


Current MP: Nick Gibb (Conservative)

Lynette Gill writes: More than 60 per cent voted Leave in this strongly Tory seat. Mr Gibb voted Remain and has since blindly followed the Government (he wants to keep his Education post) and toes the party line. Think I’ll be voting Brexit Party.


Current MP: Karen Buck (Labour)

Sienna Ali writes: A fortnight ago I was canvassing with the Tories in Westminster North, determined to unseat Karen Buck not just for her position on Brexit and support of the Benn Act, but also because of her appalling vendetta against landlords which will serve only to reduce the number of homes in London.

I found the Tory candidate good-natured and perfectly likeable, but of the public school, Remainer, multi-culturalist and careerist mould so familiar to me in the London elite in which I grew up. ‘Well, that’s the Tory party in 2019,’ I tried to reason with myself.

Since then, however, I have discovered that the Brexit Party is running a candidate after all. And whatever fears I have about splitting the vote, they are simply unable to override my conscience. Our candidate, Cyrus Parvin, is a refugee from Iran, a convert to Catholicism, a former policeman in London and now a construction worker in the local area. In his experiences, his reasoning and his care for Britain, I best see my conservatism represented. In my adult life, I have come to understand that social conservatism is more important to the wellbeing of a society than all other issues combined.

If my decision to vote for the Brexit Party in December leads to a hung parliament with Mr Johnson forced to ally with the ‘no deal’ Brexit Party and the actually conservative DUP, all the better. This, to me, is the only way of getting the Brexit we deserve and the country we dream of. Let them see our numbers.

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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