Party identifies 14 key MPs who could swing People’s Vote

House of Commons 2010

Christine Jardine has written to party supporters asking them to email 14 key Tory MPs who the party reckons could swing a vote for a People’s Vote in the House of Commons next week. The 14 MPs voted both remain and leave in the 2016 EU referendum and are:


Theresa Villiers
Adam Afriyie
Stuart Andrew
Steve Baker
Bob Blackman
Crispin Blunt
Maria Caulfield


Ed Vaizey
Greg Clark
Alex Chalk
Jeremy Wright
Bim Afolami
Andrew Bowie
Steve Brine

Please get involved in this important action by clicking here.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is currently taking a break from his role as one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in Campaign Corner.


  • On what grounds have these particular Conservative MPs been selected? Why are they considered “key Tory MPs who … could swing a vote for a People’s Vote …”? Is this based on any specific intelligence about their likely intentions? Would not a more logical starting point be to focus on the 26 Conservative MPs who voted for the Dominic Grieve amendment earlier this week?

  • Putting their names on here is probably the right way to scare them off supporting a People’s Vote.

  • David Becket 8th Dec '18 - 12:22pm

    Our party’s tactics on the Peoples Vote shows a leadership with little imagination and less common sense.
    There will need to be a lot of convincing to produce a peoples vote. There is an all party Peoples Vote Campaign, of which the Lib Dems should be leading members. Instead Cable has gone off at a tangent with the amendment that the Peoples Vote Campaign claim is “political point scoring” It is not going to score many points, it will get defeated, and produce a wedge between us and the main campaign. Negative Points!!
    What bright spark thought that Lib Dems e mailing 14 MPs will enable us to win the amendment, if you don’t turn them off it will only be a small drop in a very large ocean.

    This party should be leaping ahead in the polls, but we lack a leadership living in the real world. It is not just the Labour and Tories who are suffering from ineffective leadership, the Lib Dems are too.

    Where is the saviour coming from,? – not on the present form from us.

  • OnceALibDem 8th Dec '18 - 1:56pm

    Steve Baker? Really? The only way you could get hard-brexiteers onside to a second vote is if it had leave with no deal as an option.

    The LIb Dems have never been strong supporters of ‘People’s Vote’. Around August time they were telling activists not to even use that phrase.

  • Wot no Stephen Lloyd ?

  • I think you’d have to put Theresa Villiers and Bob Blackman in the same bunch as Baker.
    This really looks sus, as if a volunteer on their first week at HQ has made the list up! On that topic, interesting to see very little comment on HQ “reorganisation” recently.

  • Further to previous comments, I would also add that Greg Clark and Jeremy wright are both current Cabinet Ministers! As others also seem to have concluded, this list appears to be totally random and makes one wonder how and by whom it has been generated. If this is the best that our HQ staff can do, it’s no surprise that we’re making so little impact.

  • Colin Paine 8th Dec '18 - 4:00pm

    We are losing the plot if we are talking to arch Brexiters like Baker. We can’t be seen as “referendum at any cost” and should remain open to all options including Norway.

  • Colin Paine 8th Dec '18 - 4:26pm

    ….remaining and all genuinely soft Brexit options, I mean!

  • You know who doesn’t think the Norway option is an option? Norway. The arrogance of UK politicians never ceases to amaze me. We talk about these options like joining the EEA, just assuming they will have us if we should deign to join them. It’s like we’ve moved out of a perfectly good house with nowhere to move into, and we’re now standing in the middle of the road as it starts raining, and we say, “Right, we’ll just go into that house over there. Tell the people who live there to make room and put the kettle on for us.”

  • Denis Loretto 9th Dec '18 - 8:01am

    It is absolutely critical that the Lib Dems do not prematurely trigger an amendment on a people’s vote. It is clear that the Labour leaadership will insist on testing the ground for a vote of no confidence before coming aboard on any alternative. In the meantime the Hilary Benn amendment ruling out “no deal” must be the one to go for. Dominic Grieve has secured the territory for a meaningful move afterwards. If ever there was a time for the Lib. Dems to eschew party games it is now.

  • Jayne Mansfield 9th Dec '18 - 9:50am

    @ Denis Loretto,

    Now that we know the terms of Mrs May’s long awaited deal, we are entering a critical period where wise tactitions are needed.

  • David Becket 9th Dec '18 - 11:17am

    @ Denis Loretto, Jayne Mansfield

    Agreed, no party games. However does our leadership understand anything other than party games. They should withdraw their amendment.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • Simon McGrath
    This is an odd post. If Jo Swinson had won the last election and had to stand down for some reason , a rather smaller number of LD members would be choosing th...
  • Tom Harney
    Where is the public outcry? If there is to be a public outcry then someone has to lead it. That should be the leader of the opposition. Why are his party not de...
  • George Thomas
    Apparently it's quite normal to say one thing to your party membership to win control over party and then try to get elected with something quite different, acc...
  • Joe Bourke
    Michael BG, The MIG is not a UBI. It is a tax reducer or minimum benefit level. Consequently, the costs of implementation are much lower. A micro-simulation...
  • Paul Barker
    That 0.3% figure is the entire Membership, assuming that Tory HQ is telling the truth. In the end the numbers Voting for the new PM are likely to be less than 1...