Nicky Morgan made her position very clear before election
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