When an ex-Tory minister supports Keir Starmer you know we’re screwed

Anna Soubry being interviewed about Keir Starmer on LBC
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Former Tory minister Anna Soubry has come out in support of Keir Starmer. She’s said she’ll vote to get the Labour Party elected at the next general election. This sums up the state of politics in the UK – because if ex-Tories are supporting the opposition party, then it’s really no opposition at all.

Soubry supporting Starmer

Soubry was a minister under David Cameron, eventually leaving the Tories to form the ill-fated Change UK The Independent Group (for Change) party (consisting of centre-right Tory and Labour MPs). After losing her seat at the 2019 general election, Soubry returned to her old job of being a barrister – all while keeping herself in the public eye with media appearances. Now, during one such appearance on LBC, she has come out in support of Starmer.

Soubry was interviewed by Matthew Wright on Monday 2 January. She told the host:

I will vote to make sure we have Keir Starmer in No.10 and not have the Conservatives in government anymore, they are not fit to govern.

This is despite her disagreeing with Starmer’s stance on the EU. Soubry claimed to be “disappointed” with his “stance on the EU and the single market”. However, she still said:

I am a supporter of Keir Starmer because I think he is honest, he’s decent and I think he is competent and I think that is exactly what we need in No.10!

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Quite the turnaround from Soubry, whose anti-Brexit fervour partly led her to quit the Tory party. However, despite all her centrist overtones, she’s still right wing – with a voting record littered with support for social security cuts, authoritarian asylum policies, and not taxing the rich. Of course, the bigger point here is that a former Tory supporting the Labour Party is problematic for all of us.

Full-fat or diet Tory: no choice at all

As the Canary‘s Curtis Daly said on Twitter:

He continued by saying:

There was no debate that was won by Labour in order to change the hearts and minds of the electorate.

They have simply moved into Tory territory. Fine, but when Labour ultimately disappoints after years in government, the cycle will continue.

You don’t need to tell this to most people on the socialist left. As one Twitter user pointed out:

The evidence against Starmer is clear – from not properly supporting striking workers to courting arms manufacturers via racist rhetoric over refugees to expelling Jewish socialist members from the party. So, expect the Labour leader to embrace Soubry’s support for his party. After all, Starmer’s track record on allowing Tory MPs to join his fold while expelling decent left-wing people speaks for itself. Meanwhile, the rest of us go into 2023 stuck with a choice of ‘full fat’ Tory in government and the ‘diet’ option in opposition. That is no choice at all.

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    1. She’s only backing him because she knows he’ll sign over the house; lock, stock and all our remaining assets (except the bean bags); to the neighbours the first chance he gets. And what will our new tenency agreement look like. We’ll have to pay for all the repairs, those of all our neighbours and in Euros too. With no legal course for compensation. And you think BREXIT is bad.
      And as for honest. I’d rather buy from Arthur Daly.

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