Posts Tagged ‘London’

In the Tory heartlands of the commuter belt, remainers may revolt | John Harris

They may win this election, but the increasingly extreme Tories are losing their traditional support in the home counties

Back in September, Boris Johnson had a meeting with some of the 21 Tory MPs who were about to lose the party whip over their opposition to a no-deal Brexit. He was warned that if he was prepared to risk the hardest of Brexits, he might lose crucial parliamentary seats – reliably Tory places where a majority backed remain. One of the people present was Anne Milton, the MP for Guildford, the large Surrey town won by the Tories in 2017 with 55% of the vote and a 17,000 majority. She says she expressed her fears of defeat, only to have them thrown back at her. “If Guildford’s lost, it’s lost,” said the prime minister, and that was that. Two months later, Milton is standing as an independent, Guildford may well be a four-way marginal – and one of the election’s most fascinating stories is rolling on.

As people are priced out of London, they are bringing a more cosmopolitan culture with them

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Luciana Berger aims to win over Remainers, one lounge at a time

Antisemitism drove former Labour MP to the Lib Dems. Now she hopes to climb an electoral mountain, meeting voters in Finchley and Golders Green

Standing outside his house in a quiet cul-de-sac in Finchley, north London, Ronnie Gordon was on the brink of changing a lifetime’s political allegiance. The former dustman had voted Labour as far back as he could remember, but not this time.

Across the road, Bazilio Fonseca, a postman, had come to a similar conclusion. A couple of miles south in Golders Green, Moshe, an ultra-orthodox Jewish businessman who didn’t want to give his full name, said: “I’ve always voted Labour. It’s quite a big thing to change.”

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