Two of the nastiest Tories are back for the general election. But which ones?

Tories
Support us and go ad-free

Two of the most infamous Conservative MPs from previous governments are planning on making a return to politics in the upcoming general election. And their reputations speak for themselves.

Nastiness personified

Zac Goldsmith, former MP for Richmond Park, and Esther McVey, former MP for Wirral West, are rumoured [paywall] to be planning to stand as Tory candidates. Goldsmith allegedly wants to run as the Tory candidate in his old constituency. And McVey is on the Tory shortlist for candidates in former Chancellor George Osborne’s constituency of Tatton.

Goldsmith and dog whistle racism?

Goldsmith was dogged by allegations of racism and xenophobia during his 2016 London mayoral election campaign. As The Canary reported, he controversially wrote a column for The Daily Mail linking rival candidate Sadiq Khan to the 7/7 terrorists. Even fellow Tory Sayeeda Warsi called Goldsmith out:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

On one occasion, Goldsmith’s campaign literature targeting Gujarati households in the capital appeared to ethnically profile the entire community as having a primary concern of keeping family jewellery safe:

Zac Goldsmith Sadiq Khan Campaign Tories

But this was not a one off. The same thing happened again, on a different Goldsmith campaign leaflet:

Zac Goldmsith Sadiq Khan Campaign Tories Two

But London voters didn’t buy into Goldsmith’s campaign. And he lost the election to Khan. Also, voters in his constituency of Richmond Park didn’t buy anything from him either; as, when he stood down from the Conservative Party over Brexit, triggering a by-election, he lost to the Lib Dems. And Goldsmith seemingly now wants a second crack at the whip.

McVey the welfare slasher

McVey’s record in parliament, meanwhile, is just as noxious as Goldsmith’s, because the former welfare minister was responsible for countless cuts to people’s benefits. She oversaw the cutting of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) for disabled people; the ‘benefit cap’ which saw some people forced to survive on just 50p to pay their rent with; and also attacks on disabled people which the UN twice said equated to “grave” and “systematic” violations of their human rights.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell called McVey a “stain on humanity”. And he refused to apologise for it.

After voters booted out McVey as an MP, the government gave her a £530-a-day government job as Chair of the British Transport Police Authority. But it now seems she is eyeing a return to frontline politics.

Tories out

The Tories are generally noxious. But Goldsmith and McVey are two of the worst examples of the ‘nasty party’ at work. And what’s more concerning is that they previously stood under the relatively liberal (by Conservative standards) government of David Cameron. So now, with the harder-right Theresa May in charge, and with her hard Brexit plans already afoot, Goldsmith and McVey may well be in their element.

The ‘nasty party’ really could be back.

Get Involved!

Register to vote in the 8 June general election. If you don’t have a national insurance number, a 5 minute phone call on 0300 200 3500 will get it sent to you in ten days.

– Discuss the key policy issues with family members, colleagues and neighbours. And organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.

– Also read more Canary articles on the 2017 general election.

Featured image via Flickr/Wikimedia/Flickr/Wikimedia/Wikimedia

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed