No Deal Penny comes to Remain-heavy Hampstead

TUESDAY was a busy day for Conservative cabinet minister Penny Morduant who in the morning was taking students around House of Commons, then telling Theresa May once more that it’s time for a No Deal Brexit in the afternoon before hot-footing it to Hampstead to meet the party faithful at a fund-raiser in their favourite back room in the Freemasons Arms.

For a constituency which voted so heavily to remain in the European Union, the local party has shown no concern over inviting a whole of cannon of pro-Brexit including Priti Patel and Esther McVey over the last 12 months. But then it’s common knowledge that a number of the local Conservative councillors support the United Kingdom’s divorce from Europe, including group leader Oliver Cooper, who was among group leaders who urged MPs to support Mrs May’s deal last week, and Frognal councillor Henry Newman, the TV pundit who has been tweeting the final negotiations as a game of dominoes.

Had history taken a different turn, maybe we could even have been sat here with a solid Brexiteer as MP for Hampstead and Kilburn. While Tulip Siddiq sticks to a remain, remain, remain script and cites how much support for Europe she has on her patch – 30 percent of electors signed the online petition to revoke Article 50 – her first parliamentary opponent, Simon Marcus, is out for leaving and leaving now.

Remember back in 2015 he was supposed to be attacking a Labour majority of only 42 votes – the smallest majority in England – but watched, a little passively, as Ms Siddiq won with a four figure lead, and super promptly moving out of the neighbourhood afterwards. His Twitter account was down this week, vanished, but in recent weeks it had seen disparaging tweets about Theresa May’s failure to deliver Brexit.

Time will pass, and who knows when we will next vote again, but would the Conservatives pick another Brexiteer to stand against Ms Siddiq next time? Their list of party guests suggest it wouldn’t be the first worry on the mind of their campaigners.

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