Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said that “the Conservatives are making a big mistake in their strategy for Brexit”, following polling analysis by campaign groups Best for Britain and HOPE not hate that shows they would lose the constituencies of Wantage and Witney if an election was held today.
The report shows that the Conservative Party would lose a shocking 34 seats in the South East overall. 7 of those seats, including two in Oxfordshire, would go to the Liberal Democrats. Anne Milton, Ed Vaizey and Steve Brine stand to lose to the pro-Remain party.
Nationally, the analysis also shows the Conservative Party would experience its largest ever parliamentary collapse, with prominent Tory MPs such as Amber Rudd, Gavin Williamson, Penny Mordaunt and James Brokenshire all set to lose their seats if a general election were held today. Boris Johnson would see his seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip become very marginal.
Commenting on the report, Layla said:
“While a poll is not an election, this does show how the Conservatives are making a big mistake in their strategy for Brexit and echoes what we saw in the local and European elections.
“It seems inevitable that the next PM will be an even more enthusiastic proponent of a hard Brexit, but the consequence will be that the prospect of being able to hold seats in Oxfordshire becomes harder.
“It’s time for the Tories to listen to the clear message from their Oxfordshire voters: go back to the people and include Remain on the ballot.”