The Daily Telegraph, 18th July 2019
It is hard to pinpoint when, exactly, Brexit ceased to be regarded as a public vote that it was their duty to implement and became an excuse for politicians to star in a political soap opera in which their egos run wild. But for those of us who tuned in, last night provided peak drama. There Anna Soubry sat, complete with anguished expression, trembling blonde tresses and lashings of mascara, confiding in us all her hitherto hidden and frustrated feelings for Chuka Umunna.
It was all “very sad”, she told ITV, “because [Chuka]… to me he was absolutely the future for our country.” And yet it there were three parties in their political marriage: the ones they left because they simply had to be together, and those scheming whores, the Lib Dems.
Never, since Princess Diana, has a woman been more cruelly used. Or so Anna Soubry would have us believe. Chuka-the-cad – has left her broken-hearted. “For me it personally hurt, it really did hurt,” she confessed to Martin Bashir. I’m sorry, I mean ITV News Correspondent Paul Brand.
“He was a major part of why I left the Tory party. To start something new with him as the leader… I genuinely believe that Chuka Umunna should be prime minister of our country.”
Unless Chuka is installed in Number 10 by military coup, the prospect seems unlikely. It is hard to imagine that anyone would actually vote for a politician with so little backbone that he’s changed parties three times this year and – as Soubry points out – didn’t even have the guts to lead a party created in his own image which – very nearly – bears his own name (CHUK). Quite why she wants him to be Prime Minister is unclear – except that they both want to remain in the EU and he’s got a stellar track record of overturning democratic votes – in Streatham anyway.
Both stood for parliament under a party manifesto that was committed to respecting the results of the 2016 referendum and both are now standing up for their own interests instead. As baffled as many Telegraph readers may be that Soubry campaigns for Remain when her constituents voted Leave, those who elected her – whether they read the Telegraph or not – must be completely incredulous.
Soubry has represented Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire since 2010. She was re-elected as a Conservative MP in the 2017 election when her majority was cut to just 800 votes over Labour. That she’s not putting it to the people again is strange since she seems to consider margins of more than a million indecisive. Plus she’s such a fan of re-running votes… It’s perplexing.
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