Do Defectors Get Re-elected?

Labour Defectors

Read the stories of politicians that were elected so many times into parliament and were booted out of office at the 2019 election. Is it arrogance that has them believing they can win after defecting from their party or a deep belief that the people are voting for them personally and less for the party they represent.

There are lessons to be learned here!

 

Who Votes for Labour Defectors?

 

Chuka Umunna - Lost his seat standing as a Lib-Dem

The Lib-Dem MP (Treasury and Business Spokesman) was hoping to return to the House of Commons in a new constituency in the Cities of London and Westminster, but he came 2nd with a vote share of 30.7%. As usual, the polls got it wrong.

Polls said Chucka would win

MP for – Streatham (elected 3 times) - 6 May 2010 - 6 November 2019

  • Labour: 6 May 2010 - 18 February 2019
  • Independent: 18 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • Independent: 4 June 2019 - 13 June 2019
  • Liberal Democrat: 13 June 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Conservative MP Nickie Aiken wins for City of London and Westminster (votes: 17,049 vote share: 39.9%).
  • The Streatham constituency stays in Labour hands after MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy wins (votes: 30,976 - vote share: 54.8%).

Lucina Berger - Lost her seat standing as an Independent

This former Labour MP standing as an Independent loses to the Conservative MP Mike Freer (vote shares: 31.9% to 43.8%), who has represented the constituency Finchley and Golders Greens since 2010.

MP for – Liverpool, Wavertree (elected 3 times) - 6 May 2010 - 6 November 2019

  • Labour: 6 May 2010 - 18 February 2019
  • Independent: 18 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • Independent: 4 June 2019 - 5 September 2019
  • Liberal Democrat: 5 September 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Conservative MP Mike Freer wins again for Finchley and Golders Greens (votes: 24,162 - vote share: 43.8 vote share%)
  • Labour MP Paula Barker wins for Liverpool, Wavertree (votes:31,310 - vote share: 72.2%)

Chris Leslie - Lost her seat standing as an Independent Group for Change

Labour regained Nottingham East from Chris Leslie, who left the party to join the Independent Group for Change. He only finished fourth with a vote share of 3.6%.

MP for –

Nottingham East (elected 3 times) - 6 May 2010 - 6 November 2019
Shipley (elected 2 times) - 1 May 1997 - 5 May 2005

  • Labour: 1 May 1997 - 18 February 2019
  • Independent: 18 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 5 July 2019
  • The Independent Group for Change: 5 July 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • New Labour MP Nadia Whittome wins (votes:25,735 - vote share: 64.3%)

Angela Smith – Lost her seat standing as a Lib-Dem

As a founding member of Change UK she later joined the Lib-Dems. She decided not to run for Penistone and Stocksbridge where she had won on 3 occasions but to contest the seat of Sir Graham Brady (Con) in Altrincham and Sale West, only to come 3rd with vote share of 11%. Sir Graham Brady kept his seat (votes: 26,311 - vote share: 48.0%)

MP for -
Penistone and Stocksbridge (e
lected 3 times) - 6 May 2010 - 6 November 2019
Sheffield, Hillsborough (elected once) - 5 May 2005 - 6 May 2010

  • Labour: 5 May 2005 - 18 February 2019
  • Independent: 18 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • Independent: 4 June 2019 - 8 September 2019
  • Liberal Democrat: 8 September 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Conservative MP Miriam Cates wins the seat for Penistone and Stocksbridge (votes:23,688 - vote share: 47.8%)

 

Ann Coffey – stands down as an MP

An MP who quit the Labour Party in a protest over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership decided not to stand in the election December 2019.

MP for - Stockport (elected 7 times) - 9 April 1992 - 6 November 2019

  • Labour: 9 April 1992 - 18 February 2019
  • Independent: 18 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 5 July 2019
  • The Independent Group for Change: 5 July 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Labour MP Navendu Mishra wins for Stockport (votes:21,695 - vote share: 52%)

 

Mike Gapes – Lost his seat standing as an Independent Group for Change

Veteran Mike Gapes was lost his seat after 27 years. He left the Labour Party earlier this year as one of the original seven Labour MPs who didn’t agree with Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

MP for - Ilford South (elected 7 times) - 9 April 1992 - 6 November 2019

  • Labour: 9 April 1992 - 18 February 2019
  • Independent: 18 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 5 July 2019
  • The Independent Group for Change: 5 July 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Labour MP Sam Tarry wins (votes:35,085 - vote share: 65.6%)

 

Gavin Shuker – Lost his seat standing as an Independent

Mr Shuker was one of the rebel MPs who quit the Labour Party in February 2019 to join Change UK and decided to stand as an independent in June. Gavin Shuker took only 3rd place (votes: 3,893 - vote share: 9.3) in the 2019 election.

MP for - Luton South (elected 3 times) - 6 May 2010 - 6 November 2019

  • Labour: 6 May 2010 - 18 February 2019
  • Independent: 18 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • Independent: 4 June 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Labour MP Rachel Hopkins wins (votes:21,787 - vote share: 51.8%)

 

Joan Ryan – stands down as an MP

Joan Ryan has become the eighth former Labour MP to urge people not to vote for the party as she said Jeremy Corbyn was unfit for government and refused to rule out voting for Boris Johnson.

MP for - Enfield North (elected 5 times) - 1 May 1997 - 6 November 2019

  • Labour: 1 May 1997 - 19 February 2019
  • Independent: 19 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 5 July 2019
  • The Independent Group for Change: 5 July 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Labour MP Feryal Clark wins (votes: 23,340 - vote share: 51.8%)

 

Conservative Defectors Who Lost Their Seats

 

Anna Soubry - Lost her seat standing as an Independent Group for Change

The leader of Change UK got fewer than 5,000 votes and coming a distant third (vote share: 8.4%).

MP for – Broxtowe (elected 4 times) - 6 May 2010 - 6 November 2019

  • Conservative: 6 May 2010 - 20 February 2019
  • Independent: 20 February 2019 - 23 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 23 April 2019 - 5 July 2019
  • The Independent Group for Change: 5 July 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Conservative MP Darren Henry wins (votes:26,602 - vote share: 48.1%)

 
Heidi Allen – stands down as an MP

The former Conservative MP Heidi Allen, who left her party to join the breakaway Independent Group, has become the seventh MP this year to defect to the Lib-Dems. She decides to stand down at the general election Dec. 2019.

MP for - South Cambridgeshire (elected 2 times) - 7 May 2015 - 6 November 2019

  • Conservative: 7 May 2015 - 20 February 2019
  • Independent: 20 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • Independent: 4 June 2019 - 7 October 2019
  • Liberal Democrat: 7 October 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Conservative MP Anthony Browne wins (votes: 31,015 - vote share: 46.3%)

 

Sarah Wollaston – Lost her seat standing as a Lib-Dem

Sarah Wollaston's decision to move to the Lib-Dems was no surprise. What might have surprised her constituents, however, is the MP’s announcement that she will continue as their representative without seeking a bi-election. She finished second (vote share: 28.8%)

MP for - Totnes (elected 3 times) - 6 May 2010 - 6 November 2019

  • Conservative: 6 May 2010 - 20 February 2019
  • Independent: 20 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
  • Change UK - The Independent Group: 18 April 2019 - 4 June 2019
  • Independent: 4 June 2019 - 14 August 2019
  • Liberal Democrat: 15 August 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Conservative MP Anthony Mangnall wins (votes: 27,751 - vote share: 53.2%)

Phillip Lee - Lost his seat standing as a Lib-Dem

MP Phillip Lee defected to the Lib-Dems ahead of a crucial vote to pass legislation to block no-deal Brexit. His defection resulted in Boris Johnson no longer having a working majority. Shortly afterwards it was announced his time as Bracknell MP (Leave constituency won by votes 53.9 %) was over as he was standing against the Conservative Brexiteer John Redwood in Remain-supporting Wokingham in election 2019.

MP for - Bracknell (elected 3 times) - 6 May 2010 - 6 November 2019

  • Conservative: 6 May 2010 - 3 September 2019
  • Liberal Democrat: 3 September 2019 - 6 November 2019
  • Phillip Lee lost his debut in Wokingham to Conservative John Redwood (vote shares: 37.7% to 49,6%)
  • Bracknell constituency was formed in 1997 and has only ever had two MPs. In the 2019 election Conservative MP James Sunderland wins (votes: 31,894 - vote share: 58.7%)

 

Big Guns Who Bit the Bullet

 

Jo Swinson – Lost her seat as a Lib-Dems leader

The Lib-Dems leader was the biggest loser after the general election 2019, failing to retain her seat in East Dunbartonshire as the SNP MP Amy Callaghan dominated north of the border (votes: 19,672 to 19,523). Swinson lost by only 149 votes.

MP for - East Dunbartonshire (elected 3 times) - 5 May 2005 - 6 November 2019

  • Liberal Democrat: 5 May 2005 - 6 November 2019
  • Sir Ed Davey and Baroness Sal Brinton will be acting co-leaders for the Lib-Dems party.

Nigel Dodds - Lost his seat as a DUP’s deputy and a House of Commons leader

The DUP's Westminster leader had been very present as Brexit was debated. Beaten by Sinn Féin’s nationalist party, which does not send its MPs to the House of Common. Voters in Northern Ireland, which voted to Remain in the EU referendum in 2016, punished the DUP for providing support to the Conservative party over the past two years. The loss of two seats in Belfast left the DUP holding only the unionist stronghold of Belfast East in the city and a total of eight MPs.

MP for - Belfast North (elected 5 times) - 7 June 2001 - 6 November 2019

  • Democratic Unionist Party: 7 June 2001 - 6 November 2019

Caroline Flint – Lost her seat as a Labour MP

The former Minister was in a difficult position as a Remain-backing MP in a Leave constituency she saw her vote decrease by 17% taking 2nd place with a vote share of 35.2%.

MP for - Don Valley (elected 6 times) - 1 May 1997 - 6 November 2019

  • Labour: 1 May 1997 - 6 November 2019
  • Conservative MP Nick Fletcher wins (votes: 19,609 - vote share: 43.2%)

 

Dennis Skinner – Lost his seat as a Labour MP

One of the longest-serving Labour MPs, a seat he had held since 1970 lost to Conservative MP Mark Fletcher (votes: 16,492 to 21,791). He has become known for his hilarious heckling in the Commons and during the Queen’s Speech ceremony when lawmakers are summoned to hear the government’s legislative agenda pronounced by the monarch.

MP for - Bolsover (elected 13 times) - 18 June 1970 - 6 November 2019

  • Labour: 18 June 1970 - 6 November 2019

 

Tom Brake – Lost his Seat as a Lib-Dem MP

The Liberal Democrat MP has held his seat since 1997, even during the post-coalition crash. He was defeated by Conservative MP Elliot Colburn (vote share: 42,4%). Tom Brake came second with 20,193 votes.

MP for - Carshalton and Wallington (elected 6 times) - 1 May 1997 - 6 November 2019

  • Liberal Democrat: 1 May 1997 - 6 November 2019