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Election Diary 2019

13 Dec

4 November 2019
The Conservative Party stood by their candidate for the Gower constituency, Francesca O’Brien, after it was revealed that she said that people on a television programme about benefits claimants needed ‘putting down’. Lord Davis, a former Tory MP for the constituency blamed “a dredging exercise on the part of the Labour Party”. O’Brien came second in the constituency with 18,371 votes.

9 November 2019

The Conservative candidate for Wakefield, Andrew Calvert, stepped aside after a series of quotes emerged referring to London as “Londonistan’, that Col. Gaddafi would flee to Bradford, and the appearance females on television. The new Conservative candidate took the seat from Labour with 47.3 percent of the vote.

11 November 2019
A former adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained as Conservative candidate for South Cambridgeshire after an article he wrote in The Spectator was re-discovered. In the article, Anthony Browne blamed immigrants for bringing germs and HIV into the UK. Browne held his seat for the Conservatives with 46.3 percent of the vote.

12 November 2019

A former Tory MP, Chris Davies, who was forced to resign as a result of a conviction for a false expenses claim, withdrew as a General Election candidate. He was standing in the Ynys Mons seat (having previously lost his Brecon and Radnorshire seat as a result of a recall). He gave the reason for withdrawing as ‘critical comments in the media’ and made no mention his criminal conviction. The Conservatives gained the seat from Labour with a 7.7 percent swing.

13 November 2019
Tory MP, Andrew Griffiths, who had bombarded two women with thousands of explicit text messages, stepped aside as a candidate to allow his wife Kate to stand in the constituency of Burton. The Conservatives held the seat – getting 60.7 percent of all votes.


15 November 2019


In a rambling and bizarre video message, the Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay appeared to suggest that voting for Brexit would would ensure that there would be more English players in the English Premier League. Barclay stood for re-election in South East Cambridgeshire. He held the seat with 72.5 percent of the vote.

17 November 2019
In another example of dog-whistle racism, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, tweeted: ‘It’s the National Health Service not the International Health Service”. Hancock held the seat with 33,842 votes.

19 November 2019

Former UKIP MEP and now Conservative candidate for Leeds North East, Amjad Bashir, apologised for calling British Jews who travelled to Israel ‘brainwashed extremists’. He remained the Conservative Party candidate. Labour held the seat although Bashir attracted 11,935 votes.

19 November 2019

Conservative candidate for Aberdeen North, Ryan Houghton, was suspended from the election over Islamophobic, homophobic and anti-semitic comments. Yet he remained the election candidate. The SNP held the seat. Houghton got 20.1 percent of the vote.

19 November 2019

The Conservative Party were widely criticised for changing their Twitter handle to @factcheckUK during a Corbyn-Johnson televised debated. Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly said he was ‘absolutely comfortable’ with it. Cleverly held the seat for the Conservatives, adding 4.7 percent to their share of the vote.

21 November 2019
Home Secretary Priti Patel was asked about child poverty on a campaign visit to Barrow-in-Furness. She replied ‘It’s not the government though, is it? … as if it is some sort of bland blob that, you know, you can just go and blame.’ The Conservatives have been in government for a decade. Patel held the seat for thew Conservatives with 66.6 percent. of the vote.

24 November 2019

At the launch of the Conservative manifesto. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged 50,000 more nurses. His figures did not add up since 19,000 of them were already employed by the NHS. In a car crash interview the next day, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan was unable to explain the figures. Morgan was not standing for re-election. Johnson became Prime Minister.

25 November 2019


Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis told Radio 5 Live that the UK already had the basis of a trade deal with the EU: “We already trade with the EU, we’ve got the basis of the deal we’ve already agreed, so it’s a much simpler deal for us to do.” This was untrue. The EU President, Commission and Parliament have yet to sanction any UK-EU trade talks and this cannot happen until the UK leaves the EU. Lewis held his Great Yarmouth seat with 28,593 votes and a 11.6 percent swing.

25 November 2019

Conservative candidate for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, Lee Anderson, has no comment to make on a video he made last week advocating that people who who suspected of anti-social behaviour should be made live in tents and picks vegetables. 
Anderson won the seat from Labour.

26 November 2019


The family of Harry Duun, who is thought to have been killed in a road accident by the spouse of a US diplomat, were prevented from entering a town hall hustings in the Foreign Secretary’s constituency of Esher and Walton. The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, refused to speak with the family. Raab held onto his seat although there was a 9.3 percent swing against him.

29 November 2019
Former Tory minister and election candidate Philip Dunne for Ludlow told a Sikh rival that he was ‘talking through his turban’. 
Dunne held his seat with 32,185 votes.

29 November 2019

The Conservative candidate for Glasgow Central, Flora Scarabello, was suspended by the party following anti-Muslim remarks. It was too late to remove her from the ballot paper. Scarabello came third in the constituency.

29 November 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to attend a Channel 4 television debate on climate change. At the last moment, one of his deputies, former Environment Minister Michael Gove and candidate for Surrey Heath, did attempt to appear on the programme but was turned away. It was reported in the media that the Conservatives might revoke Channel 4’s public service broadcasting licence. Gove held his seat although there was a 5.6 percent against him.

2 December 2019
Chris Philp, justice minister and Conservative candidate for Croydon South, defended the Conservative strategy of political point scoring over the London Bridge attack in which two people were murdered three days earlier. “It’s pointing out that when the sentence was handed down to Usman Khan in 2012, that happened under a policy enacted by the previous Labour government in 2008,” he says.
 Philp held his seat.

5 December 2019

It was revealed that Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns, who is standing for re-election in Morley and Outwood is on the payroll of the University of Bolton to the tune of £25,000 a year to head up a university think-tank that has yet to be established. The £25,000 per year is for eight hours per week.
 Jenkyns held her seat – adding 6 percent to the vote share.

5 December 2019

Chancellor, and Conservative candidate for Bromsgrove, Sajid Javid told Sky News that homelessness peaked under Labour and had halved since then. Javid had served as housing minister in the past. His claim was misleading. Homelessness rose under labour and then fell. It has risen under Conservative governments. There are currently 126,000 children in temporary accommodation.
 Javid held the seat with 63.4 percent of votes.

6 December 2019

Conservative Party candidate for Hastings and Rye, Sally-Ann Hart, tells a hustings meeting that disabled people should be paid less as ‘they don’t understand money’. Hart held her seat and added 2.7 percent to vote share.

9 December 2019

It is revealed that the Conservative candidate for Bradford for Bradford East, Linden Kemkaran, shared social media posts declaring that Muslims has a ‘nasty culture’ and often played ‘the race card’. Labour held the seat.

10 December 2019
Conservative candidate and MP for Croydon South, Chris Philp, told the BBC that cancer patients don’t ‘really care’ about cancer treatment waiting times as overall survival rates were going up. Philps held his seat.

11 December 2019

Conservative MP Richard Drax (full name Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax) and candidate for Dorset South parks his Land Rover across two disabled spaces when campaigning. Drax held his seat, polling 30,024 votes.