Comments from Anna Soubry MP – 15 March 2019

Hello again,

When the BBC’s Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg, admits she’s run out of words to describe political events, we can be sure things are at an all-time-low. I suspect you are becoming immune to the never-ending Brexit battles, the lost votes, the confusion, chaos, high drama and total farce.

The appalling state the Government has got itself into was best illustrated late yesterday afternoon. The Brexit Secretary closed the debate on the Government’s plan to delay Brexit by urging all MPs to back it. He then promptly went and voted against it. Indeed half of Conservative MPs, including 8 members of the Cabinet, voted against their Government’s plan and in effect voted for a no deal, hard Brexit. Without the support of MPs like me, the Government would have lost yet another critical vote. What a fearful mess it all is. 

You can watch my contributions to the weeks’ various debates below. Next week the Prime Minister will apparently bring back her withdrawal agreement for a third “lucky” time. I will not be voting for it for a variety of well rehearsed reasons. 

But today my thoughts are with the loved ones of all those who died or were injured in the barbaric terrorist attacks in New Zealand against people of the Muslim faith. Islamophobia is very real and it’s growing in our country and indeed throughout the world. We are indeed living in bleak, difficult times and we should all do what ever we can to bring people together and foster a spirit of tolerance and peace. 


Tram lights fiasco update

Following my call to Tramlink’s Chief Executive Adrian Wallace, work is finally beginning to replace broken lights on the tram route. Work begins today on the Cator Lane stretch in Chilwell and from Monday along Middle Street in Beeston. Please let me know of any other lights that need replacing. 

New lights at Attenborough Crossings

Network Rail have installed new safety lights and anti-skid surfacing at Attenborough’s Meadow Lane crossing. There have been a number of deaths at the crossing and these lights are hugely welcome as they will improve safety, notably for those accessing the Attenborough Nature Reserve.


Pothole petition

I have written in support of Bramcote residents complaining about potholes on Bridle Road. Nottinghamshire County Council has patched up part of the road but a residents petition is rightly demanding a full resurfacing. I will of course keep you informed. 


Broxtowe welcomes two new Syrian refugee families

This week Broxtowe welcomed two more families fleeing the war in Syria. These families have been through unimaginable terror and distress forcing them to flee from their homes. Congratulations to everyone at Broxtowe Borough Council for their unstinting work in helping refugees from Syria. The two new families join five others who have already been given a warm welcome in the constituency.

To Vote Bring ID

Broxtowe is taking part in a pilot scheme which will mean you must take ID with you to vote in May’s Borough, Parish and Town Council elections. One piece of photo ID (passport or driving licence) or two pieces of non photo ID (e.g. a benefits statement, polling card or credit card statement) is required from all voters. For more information click here.


Put it to the people!

Next weekend I will be marching in London in support of a People’s Vote on Brexit. As you may know, I am a founding member of the group which believes the only way out of the Brexit chaos is for the matter to return to the British people. I think it’s only right that any Brexit deal goes to voters for their final approval, with staying in the EU as an alternative. People are entitled to change their mind, especially as all the facts have emerged. I also believe young people denied a vote in 2016 should be able now to have their say given they will bear the biggest burden of Brexit. 

If you would like to come on the March you can find all the details by clicking here.

In Parliament

Parliament has been dominated by Brexit this week and as the Independent Group’s spokesperson on the matter, I have spoken in all three debates. 

On Tuesday I spoke against the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement and you can watch my speech here or read it here

On Wednesday, I supported removing the option “no deal” and was delighted that we narrowly won the ensuing vote. You can watch my speech here or read it here

Yesterday, I supported a People’s Vote and was very disappointed that Labour chose to abstain rather than support their own policy and vote for a public vote. You can watch my speech here or read it here.



      1. Indeed, Anna Soubry should call a by-election. She no longer represents the party, the constituency or the people who elected her.
        I must say thank you to Ms. Soubry for saving us the trouble of deselecting her, as Conservative candidate, before the next election.
        (Let’s see if my comment is published, edited or censored, as is becoming the case with a certain anti-Brexit editor of Bramcote Today)


    1. Jim. I haven’t got a clue who you are but please give our MP the courtesy of a title. Either Miss or Ms would suffice. You may not be happy with the situation but there are many who are! Bramcote is better than this political tub thumping from angry Conservatives.


  1. Mr Shakespeare are you suggesting that the editors are biased? If so you are incorrect.

    Of course if you don’t like the content or editors of Bramcote Today you always have the option not to follow it!

    As for Anna Soubry resigning, she doesn’t have to and shouldn’t. A by-election costs £250,000 minimum. Recall of an MP £500,000. She represents all of Broxtowe not just Conservatives such as yourself.


  2. Thank you Steve for your supportive comments. I have worked with my fellow editors since 2011 and I am still not really sure of their political bias. Of course we have our private views but we take our voluntary roles seriously. Posts that do not meet with our fair minded policy will either be dismissed or an editor will endeavour to agree an appropriate tone/choice of wording with the contributor.

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  3. The a political and unbiased position of its 3 Editors is part of its strength. May they long continue serving the Community as they administer the much read and appreciated Bramcote Today


  4. As I said in a previous comment: I have never voted for the Conservative party but I cannot see myself if we have a General Election voting for the Labour party under Jeremy Corbin. In common with many I think he would be a disastrous PM .I consider that Anna Soubry is on the right track and she has been a good local MP on the whole but if she chose to stand as an Independent candidate depending on the outcome would this mean a return to the Conservatives or at least support for them in Parliament? I could vote for a Liberal Democrat MP but what sort of a government would this leave us with unless there is a HUGE swing ? After over 60 years of voting I would be in a quandary. I do know how I shall vote in a local election . I guess many others share my problem.


    1. Greg Marshall is Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Broxtowe and would, in my opinion, make an excellent MP (regardless of your reservations about Corbyn). At least he lives here, unlike Anna!
      Are you willing to share your local election voting intention? (I’m one of the candidates and happy to meet with anyone who would like to)


      1. I am not overly impressed by what I have seen of Mr Marshal so far but I do think Mr Corbyn with his ideas about investing in the country’s infrastructure and his vision for the future would make a good Prime Minister. Anna has certainly gone up in my estimation in recent times.


  5. Val just a gentle reminder that we are now in the official election campaign and any posts such as this where you announce yourself as a candidate requires a full legal imprint.


  6. Val,
    The truth of the matter is that in a general election a vote for Anna was a vote for Dave (2015) or Theresa (2017); a vote for Greg is a vote for Corbyn.

    In a by election, or even a local election, voters can express their views on the main parties performance.

    For what it’s worth, I don’t think living within the borders of the area you are standing for election in is a significant criterion. Why do you think it matters?



    1. Surprising that you asked that, Paul.
      It’s voter preference. Voters TRUST a person who can demonstrate that they are one of us, that they have their roots in the local area. Jocelyn Evans, Professor of Politics, Leeds, demonstrates that geographical distance between a candidate’s home & the area they wish to represent, had a measurable impact on voter behaviour.
      Living in an area, or perhaps more importantly knowing your area & its people, feeling & being a part of it, being aware of its needs & how public policy has changed it & made certain of its members more vulnerable, is a vital part of being a local politician.
      I’m sure Val can speak fluently for herself, but for me, her 45 year residence in this area, together with her expertise in aspects of social work, gives her a powerful platform on which to stand & hopefully eventually represent the electors in this area.


  7. In reply to Val Leyland, I will wait and see the choice I have as far as who the individual candidates are in the local election. Personally I consider that ALMOST anyone except the present ruling group is my preference although I must admit that one of the present Conservative Councillors if it were not for Politics would certainly get my vote. Many years ago I voted in local county elections on non political lines placing my trust ( I lived in Stapleford then) in one member of the Labour party and one Conservative . At that time as I recall party politics played only a small part in local government and I wish the same could be said now.


  8. “For what it’s worth, I don’t think living within the borders of the area you are standing for election in is a significant criterion. Why do you think it matters?”

    In reply to Paul Nathanail’s question above, an MP has necessarily to spend a considerable amount of time away from the constituency in order to participate in parliamentary business in Westminster. Their opportunity to spend time on their ‘patch’ is further reduced if they don’t live locally and have to spend more time travelling. As Patrick Ratcliffe has pointed out, voters prefer to support someone who they feel is part of their community and who understands its challenges.


    1. Guess she’s not spending half the week in Westminster which was my point about our current MP’s situation


  9. Val,
    I beg to differ. In a general election we are voting for a government, in the main. MPs are part of the legislature – i.e. they make the laws. Some become part of the executive, i.e. join the government.
    Our first past the post system strengthens your argument but is weakening our democracy. If there is a bigger picture to the present goings on in Westminster is that we need to rethink how we choose our MPs. Perhaps we need to rethink the need for Proportional Representation so that every vote counts. At the present time we know that a vote for any part other than the Conservatives or labour in a general election is effectively a wasted vote. Under PR all votes matter.

    For local elections, such as the ones on 2 May, it seems acceptable to stand in wards other than the ones candidates live in. Personally I have no problem with that, although I do find it somewhat strange to be honest. One of the joys of our system.

    See you tonight at the Forum’s meeting perhaps.



  10. Tollerton is not far from towns in Broxtowe, the problem arises as I see it when candidates stand for constituencies hundreds of miles away. In local council elections it is perhaps more pertinent to live in the ward that one represents as very local issues are involved and councillors can be seen walking the streets and probably know best what is happening round the corner.


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