David Gauke: Conservative majority ‘not in national interest’

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Ex-Conservative David Gauke has said it would not be in the national interest if his former party obtained a majority in the upcoming general election.

The former Justice Secretary told talkRADIO that a Conservative win would “leave us a poorer country”.

“The Conservative Party has got a policy on Brexit which I think is reckless, is irresponsible and will have a detrimental effect on a large number of people’s jobs and livelihoods," he said.

Mr Gauke is standing for election as an independent candidate, having been ousted from the party, along with 20 colleagues, for defying the government and voting for legislation to stop a no-deal Brexit.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer that he wants to get back into Parliament to continue to vote in ways that prevent the UK leaving the EU without an exit deal.

“Although it pains me to say it, I don’t believe the national interest would be to return a Conservative majority at the next general election and I want to do my bit.”

And he suggested that Conservative voters who share his views on a no deal exit should consider “lending” their votes to the Liberal Democrats on December 12.

Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats have identified themselves as the “strongest Remain party” and have formed an electoral pact the Green Party and Plaid Cymru, who also want to stay in the EU.

However, asked whether his move could instead lead to a Labour majority, Mr Gauke told Julia: “I think as a country we should aim higher than being prepared to accept a very hard Brexit or a Jeremy Corbyn government.”

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