Tue 5 Feb, 22:41 (last edited on Tue 5 Feb, 22:43)
In Oxford the “progressive alliance” brought ordinary people from different parties together to try to ensure more representative MPs. Anneliese Dodds (Labour) in East and Layla Moran (Lib Dem) in West were elected, both have been high-profile, active MPs.
The Conservatives had an experiment with an “Open Primary” in Totnes, selecting Sarah Wollaston. Again an progressive, independent-minded MP.
But these are the exceptions. Too often a few constituency activists select parliamentary candidates for safe constituencies, resulting in MPs who don’t always really represent their area.
Thu 31 Jan, 17:19
I received a reply from Courts today to my letter (see "Robert Courts & Vote of No Confidence" in The Grease Pit.
Thu 31 Jan, 17:06
This general issue - local MPs ignoring the wishes of their constituents - was the subject of an interesting letter to a national newspaper today:
"The maths of the voting on the Cooper amendment meant there was much focus on the Labour MPs who chose to represent their leave constituents. Could I suggest the Guardian indulge in some Dacre-style journalism and publish photos, on its front page, of the Tory Brexit ultras whose constituents voted remain?
Sounds like a good idea. Personally, I blame David Cameron not only for the leaving the whole country completely divided and in a state of chaos with his gamble on the referendum (and then leaving others to try and sort out the mess) but also for resigning so swiftly as our local MP. My feeling is if they had had more warning and time, the local Tory party membership might have found a better candidate to represent the views of the Witney constituency.
Thu 31 Jan, 11:35
I think the local Tory party membership is largely pro-brexit - unlike many Tory voters. So they would vote to keep him as their candidate
Thu 31 Jan, 09:33 (last edited on Thu 31 Jan, 09:34)
But are the local Tory party prepared to put up with him? I can't believe that they want an exit from the EU without a deal. They must realise that if there were now a snap election, there would be a call for all other parties to stand down in favour of a one-term pro-EU candidate.
Thu 31 Jan, 09:22
Sadly, only too likely to be our MP for ever. Unless of course his vision of a hard Brexit becomes reality, there's a revolution, and Oxfordshire declares independence and rejoins the EU.
Wed 30 Jan, 16:46
It's very likely that if he it the Conservative candidate for the next election, he will remain in his seat if the last 35 years are a guide.
Wed 30 Jan, 13:27 (last edited on Wed 30 Jan, 13:31)
I consider Courts not worthy of being our MP, and I hope that he is despatched at the next election, if not before. He is the classic case (sadly not uniquely) of "I know better than my constituents".
Wed 30 Jan, 06:02
For those interested in this kind of thing:
Our current MP supported Leave in the 2016 EU referendum, and therefore disagreed with the narrowish majority of his constituents, 53.7% of whom voted to Remain, according to estimates by Prof Chris Hanretty. It's likely that about 65% of voters in Charlbury voted to Remain
He declines to tell his constituents how he voted in the December 12 Tory vote of confidence in Mrs May - though the Tory MPs in the adjacent North Oxfordshire and
He voted against Theresa May's Brexit deal on January 15, but also against the Parliamentary motion of no confidence in the Government on January 16.
On Jan 29, Mr Courts voted for the Brady amendment. He voted against the Corbyn, SNP, Grieve, Cooper, Reeves and Spelman amendments.
It seems a reasonable conclusion that Mr Courts supports our exit from the EU without a deal. And, though lacks the guts to tell us his views on the leader of his party, is happy to stab her in the back if he can keep it secret.
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