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Press Cycle 5 - New Government
#21
A People's Vote did happen: in 2016, when more people voted in favor of leaving the European Union than they have for any single party or referendum  option in British history. What Caroline Blakesley is forcing up Britain is not a People's Vote, it's a false choice between either accepting her watered down version of Brexit or silencing the will of the people and keeping Britain in the EU forever. Whoever finds themselves in Government is tasked with implementing the will of the people, and in this instance doing so is very simple: delivering Brexit. We can all fairly disagree about the Government should go about achieving that, but there can be no disagreement as to whether or not the UK is to leave the European Union. That is what the people voted for, that is what they have tasked Westminster with doing. The very fact that Labour is allowing us remaining in the EU to be a viable option shows that they're not serious about getting Brexit done, and that they've never really intended to get it done. The British people deserve a Government that will honor their democratic will, not one that is going to keep us in the EU via the backdoor.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#22
Let me make it perfectly clear for the Leader of the Opposition: there is not going to be an independence referendum for Scotland. That was a key part of Labour's manifesto. That was a key part of Labour's campaign in Scotland and nationally. The new Prime Minister has said the deal doesn't include it. And now Mr. Saxon thinks he's found his clever argument: if there's nothing about IndyRef2 in the agreement we made with the SNP, it must mean we're secretly given them one. His logic is absurd as it is damning. There will be no IndyRef2 in this coming Government. We are not changing our stated policies and long-standing positions to somehow give one and try to be sneaky about it. I know that Tories are terrible when it comes to transparency like they were in presenting their Strabane Surrender and the Tromso Trickery. They're terrible when it comes to explaining what they mean when they consider NHS staff and nurses an "et cetera" when it comes to tax policy. But I'll be clear: There will be no IndyRef2.

If that's the sort of thing the Leader of the Opposition thinks makes a clever "gotcha" moment, then I can only thank God that Caroline Blakesley is our Prime Minister and not him.
Alexander Milne MP
MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (2019-) | Labour
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2019-)
MP for Stirling (2010-2015)
Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury (2011-2015)
Media Unknown | Constituency Appeal | Campaigning Guru
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#23
The Tories using the "coalition of chaos" line, after what they did with 4 years of majority government, is the height of hypocrisy. They destroyed constitutional convention after constitutional convention, divided the country with "citizens of nowhere" and "my way or the highway" rhetoric, placed great strain on the integrity of the union, kicked out all the moderates from the party, and threw into question the future of the NHS. It is impossible to imagine a government more chaotic than what the Conservatives delivered, and what they promised to deliver. Not to mention that the only way that the Tories could have formed a government is to make their own coalition of chaos with Farage's Brexiteers and hardliners who oppose the Good Friday Agreement.
Grant Smith
Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West (2005-present)

Media Unknown, Constituency Appeal, Campaign Organiser, Fundraiser Extraordinaire 
Previously: Sir Lachlan Domnhall Coinneach Duncan MacMahon; Graham Adiputera; I think I played some dull Labour bloke at one point
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#24
The Labour manifesto was written during the election. If Mr Milne is actually suggesting that his party can deliver on every single policy in that manifesto in Government, despite inevitably having to change Labour Policy due to coalition and Confident and Supply agreements then he is lying to you. My point stands because if Caroline Blakesley is committed to not holding a second independence referendum in Scotland then where is the harm in putting it on paper in the Confidence and Supply agreement?
Harold Saxon - Conservative and Unionist Party

Leader of The Opposition
Member of Parliament for North East Somerset
Deputy Prime Minister (February 2019 - June 2019)
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#25
... that's the best that the Leader of the Opposition could come up with? This is man that the Tories thought literally had the brains to not only become PM but also deliver a Brexit deal where his predecessors failed?

Then again, I'm glad to see that it's Labour that is now occupying No. 10 instead of this genius. There is no one who is suggesting that IndyRef2 is on the table in this new Government- and it won't be. Our focus in on implementing our manifesto, as we have promised to the people of this country in the last election. That includes delivering new investments that have been ignored or shuttered under the Tories. It means providing higher wages to workers. It means making sure that everyone benefits from additional investments in the NHS, in crime and safety, that have all suffered under ten years of Tory mismanagement. I know that the Queen's Speech will lay out this and more- and after that we'll be able to come forward with a budget that delivers on what voters all over the United Kingdom asked for: change, new ideas, and new blood.

This new Government will be delivering- new opportunities, new investments, new ideas to make life better. We will not be offering IndyRef2. If the Leader of the Opposition REALLY needs to see that in writing, then here it is. And if the Tories still consider this man their braintrust, then it will be a long time before they're in Government again.
Alexander Milne MP
MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (2019-) | Labour
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2019-)
MP for Stirling (2010-2015)
Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury (2011-2015)
Media Unknown | Constituency Appeal | Campaigning Guru
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#26
There won't be a second independence referendum. No ifs, no buts. The Liberal Democrats will not be part of a government that allows one, and Liberal Democrat MPs will not vote for one. It won't happen under this government, at all. I get the impression Mr Saxon won't be satisfied unless we get "No IndyRef2" tattooed on our foreheads.
Grant Smith
Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West (2005-present)

Media Unknown, Constituency Appeal, Campaign Organiser, Fundraiser Extraordinaire 
Previously: Sir Lachlan Domnhall Coinneach Duncan MacMahon; Graham Adiputera; I think I played some dull Labour bloke at one point
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#27
I don't think any British person can be blamed for having trouble taking Grant Smith's word for when he rules out a second Independence Referendum given what he's done to gain power. Labour and their coalition partners the Liberal Democrats betrayed Unionists up and down Britain the second they broke their promise not to do a deal with the SNP. It took just a matter of hours for Labour and the Lib Dems to toss aside their campaign rhetoric and election promises in order to convince the SNP to get in bed with them. Actions speak louder than words, and Caroline Blakesley and Grant Smith have proven that when it's time to act, they're going to put their own interests over the good of the country. No person would ever reasonably believe allowing the SNP to get anywhere close to 10 Downing is a good thing for the future of our Union, and that is exactly what Labour and the Lib Dems have done.
William West MP - Conservative Party

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
MP for Ribble Valley (2015 - )
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#28
I have struggle taking William Grey - who seems utterly convinced that only people who agree with him have any integrity - seriously.
Grant Smith
Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West (2005-present)

Media Unknown, Constituency Appeal, Campaign Organiser, Fundraiser Extraordinaire 
Previously: Sir Lachlan Domnhall Coinneach Duncan MacMahon; Graham Adiputera; I think I played some dull Labour bloke at one point
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#29
The more news and appointments we see from this government, the more and more this supposed triumphant return for Labour has turned into a cavalcade of chaos. Our new Deputy PM is a man who has described his own coalition partners, in the Greens, as "extremists," and campaigned strongly on supporting the Union, only to immediately betray his word and join a coalition with nationalist MPs who may seek to force a second independence referendum within the lifetime of this Parliament. Labour campaigned strongly against Universal Credit and used tragic events at the DWP as a political weapon during the election campaign, only to appoint as Health Secretary a former Conservative who was a strong supporter of Universal Credit. An Education Secretary who sold out all of her principles to support a second referendum, something she said she could not "in good conscience support." All in all, it's clear that this is a government of hypocrites, one that is more than happy to sell out it's beliefs to the highest bidder.
Julia Goldman
Shadow Secretary of State for Scoltand
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Growth
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway (2019 - present)
Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Media Darling/Campaigning Guru/Socially Unaware
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#30
To properly govern this country, you need a majority in Parliament. The fact that the Conservatives have more seats than anyone else impresses no-one, constitutionally, if they are unable to form that majority.

The Conservatives do not recognise the new reality they are in. They don't have a majority any more to bludgeon their way along with. They are now simply one of many parties in Parliament, and compromise is required.

The Conservatives had a chance to remain in Government. They chose not to take it. In their meetings with me, they showed no willingness to compromise in order to secure a majority. That is their prerogative. But, if they are not able and willing to undertake the compromise necessary to form a government, they ought not be surprised when those of us who are, do.
Pooja Sharma | Conservative Party
MP for Hertsmere (2010-present)


Backbench Favourite, Campaign Organiser, Uninspiring

Formerly: Robert Lascelles, One Nation Party
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