Nicky Mor­gan made her po­si­tion very clear be­fore elec­tion

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

NIGEL Smith as­serts that Nicky Mor­gan “does not rep­re­sent the ma­jor­ity view of her con­stituents re­gard­ing Brexit” (Let­ters May 16). Per­haps he could cite the ev­i­dence upon which he bases this al­le­ga­tion?

The only vot­ing fig­ures I am aware of are for the Bor­ough of Charn­wood, which is not the Lough­bor­ough con­stituency.

From a Charn­wood elec­torate of 133,780, 50,672 (38 per cent) voted for leave and 43,500 (33 per cent) voted re­main with 39,608 (29 per cent) ab­stain­ing.

It is ap­par­ent from the vot­ing in sur­round­ing ar­eas that in more ru­ral ar­eas c.75 per cent voted leave. Since the Lough­bor­ough con­stituency is more ur­ban, I sug­gest that it is rea­son­able to con­clude that in the ac­tual con­stituency the vot­ing was al­most even.

Nicky Mor­gan voted for ar­ti­cle 50 and has ac­cepted (much to my dis­ap­point­ment) that we shall be leav­ing the EU.

What she is ad­vo­cat­ing is a “soft” Brexit where we stay closely linked to our Euro­pean al­lies. I very much doubt if all those vot­ing for Brexit were an­tic­i­pat­ing a hard Brexit and I think it rea­son­able to as­sert that of those not vot­ing, most ei­ther ex­pected us to re­main in the EU or to ne­go­ti­ate terms that left us no worse off eco­nom­i­cally.

In the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion, held af­ter the ref­er­en­dum, Nicky Mor­gan made her po­si­tion very clear (she did not get my vote) and re­ceived an in­creased vote (49.9 per cent of those vot­ing), which was a bet­ter per­for­mance than the ma­jor­ity of Con­ser­va­tive MPs who were stronger ad­vo­cates of Brexit.

I think Mr. Smith is con­fus­ing Con­ser­va­tive Party mem­bers (no doubt re­cently aug­mented with those de­sert­ing the rapidly sink­ing UKIP ship) with Lough­bor- ough con­stituents.

Lough­bor­ough is a mar­ginal con­stituency and a Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date from the UKIP wing is highly un­likely to be elected. I sug­gest that, if that party wants to re­tain the seat, they are much bet­ter off with a one-na­tion con­ser­va­tive who works hard to sup­port “lo­cal schools and char­i­ties” rather than a rad­i­cal Brex­i­teer ad­vo­cat­ing a rev­o­lu­tion in our trad­ing arrangements with no ev­i­dence to sug­gest a happy out­come. John Catt

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