Whilst I’d most certainly be further ‘Right Wing’ in my political beliefs than most of these former MP’s, I have a feeling we have lost some very important politicians after one of the most brutal General Elections I have ever seen. The General Election 2015 will be remembered as a historic one, regardless to which Political Party we refer.
I believe, even if we disagree with someone on their policy or views, we need those who can argue a particular stance. To lose the voice who is capable of giving you an alternative opinion, who is capable of making a strong argument, capable of holding the tough debate and sticking by their own principles – this can only be a bad thing for the UK Parliament as a whole.
I strongly supported the Conservatives during this campaign, firmly believing they have turned a shocking economy into a very promising one and trusting them 100% to finish that job in a way which will benefit this great country.
Do I trust the Tories to get the job done? Hell yeah!
Do I trust them to make every single decision perfectly, correctly? No, we cannot expect this from anyone, we can only ask they do their best.
To lose the MP’s who are capable of holding the debates, standing firm in their own convictions, influencing and maybe ensuring a greater degree of ‘right’ in those tough decisions, can only be a negative for everyone. If we only ever hear one side of a debate, how then are we to ever make a fully informed decision? If we only ever allow one stance on a particular issue to be heard, how then can we say we have looked at all the alternatives?
I was disappointed when Nigel Farage did not win a seat in the General Election 2015, I see him as an alternative voice on the Right, one which raises the tough questions and stimulates debates which the Public care about. His input ensures all other politicians have to address these issues, rather than ducking them.
Surely we need a decent representation in Opposition, or we lose the benefit of a democratic parliament as a whole?
The UK should mourn the loss of people like:
Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats, Twickenham)
Whilst glad to have picked up a Tory seat, and convinced that Tania Mathias will be a great asset to the Conservative bench, I am sorry to see a politician of the calibre of Vince Cable leave parliament.
Vince Cable has served since 1997 and has held many senior positions, each of which he worked tirelessly on, unafraid to take the tough decisions and to speak his mind on any issue. Vince Cable will definitely be one of the MP’s history will favour, having been a very positive force in the Coalition which repaired a broken Britain.
As Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills he held sway over policy which has seen a growth in Employment, a surge in Apprenticeships and a real focus on providing training and employment prospects for the disaffected youth of the UK.
A great all-round politician, a well-versed public speaker, a credit to his Party and his beliefs, Vince will certainly be a loss.
Esther McVey (Conservatives, Wirral West)
Whilst actually receiving more votes than last time, Esther McVey lost a very marginal seat to Labour’s Margaret Greenwood. She was always going to have a tough time in a very marginal constituency she herself acknowledged could be difficult to hold.
As Minister of State for Employment Esther McVey was a key figure in all of the decision-making which turned Unemployment figures around, creating record jobs and attempting to get our country back to work.
She had the unenviable task of introducing the much revered ‘Bedroom Tax’ (not a Tax, but that’s another story) and massively unpopular amendments to Disability Benefit. These were decisions which, whilst unpopular, had to be taken at that time. It requires a tough negotiator, a strong MP and someone with the stamina to see a tough task completed – all of which Esther McVey brought to the table.
Hopefully, Esther will be back amongst the ranks sometime in the future.
Danny Alexander (Liberal Democrats, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey)
Danny withstood a barrage of ridicule when he stood outside with his ‘Yellow Box’, and whilst it did deflect from his intended message quite drastically, there was a strong hint left behind that Danny Alexander was not just a number – he had affected the budgetary policy of the Coalition in his time as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Danny Alexander saw a spectacular rise in just 5 years, so we should not underestimate his influence or his determination. He wielded heavy influence in the corridors of power and his Liberal attitude can be thanked for a less wieldy axe being felt by the general public.
He fell to Drew Hendry of the SNP, but on a night when the SNP shook the country it was to be expected.
Danny is an up-and-coming, but a very solid one. I hope he returns to parliament again.
Ed Balls (Labour, Morley & Outwood)
I actually cheered when Ed Balls lost his seat, I have felt for a long time he was actually a danger to the UK Economy and for that I was unforgiving. I do, however, think Ed was a very good Shadow Chancellor, strange as that may seem.
His constant badgering, in his bullish manner, on economic matters relating to the disenfranchised (those sometimes let down by general policy) was a positive in Parliament. It raised debate and forced whoever was considering policy to ensure they reached out to this section of our society (if only to shut Ed up!).
I don’t agree with most of his Economic Plan for the UK, had Labour achieved power – but I respect him as another strong MP who had a loud voice and a wide reach. It is another loss to the country, but the election of Andrea Jenkyns (Conservative) was a positive I could not be happier about.
Mark Reckless (UKIP, Rochester & Strood)
Having come from serving as a Councillor to being elected as a Tory MP in 2010, Mark Reckless was not a person to sit back and ride the coat-tails of his party. He rebelled regularly, over issues he believed in, eventually defecting to UKIP in 2014.
Having won the recent By-Election, he was ousted by Conservative Kelly Tolhurst, another upcoming star in the making.
I saw a lot of Mark Reckless in the media once he had moved to UKIP, and I liked what I saw. He is passionate, patriotic and very confident in debate – bringing another EU-sceptic voice, which could not be ignored, to the fray. I hope UKIP have the sense to retain Mark for the upcoming EU Referendum and find a way to get him back to parliament in 2020.
The massive landslide for the SNP in Scotland, the crushing demolition of the Liberal Democrats and the decline of a too-far-Left Labour Party saw us lose a number of excellent MP’s.
Alongside the list above, others like Douglas Alexander, Charles Kennedy, David Laws, Simon Hughes, Ed Davey, Jim Murphy, etc. were all strong and capable politicians. Their seat loss will make the way for some new blood, but their strength in debate will be a sorry loss to our Parliament.
The one positive to come from the ‘big name losses’ is that Bradford West finally saw through that vile man George Galloway, replacing him with Naz Shah of Labour. Galloway used the UK Parliament as a meal-ticket, hardly ever bothering to show up to vote on anything, causing nothing but division and leaving a sticky trail of spite and hatred wherever he crawled.
His next move will probably be towards London, but hopefully his days in the limelight are finally numbered. He is raising a stink about legal action (his favourite weapon in his Arsenal of Hate), but this will fail, being based on complete nonsense and self-serving bile.
Galloway may have been replaced by a Labour MP, but Naz Shah has shown herself to be nothing if not resilient in her campaign, considering the vicious and personal nature of the constant attacks on her by the so-called ‘Respect’ Party. Her voice will be of benefit to the UK Parliament, notwithstanding the fact any voice is better than none at all (eh, George, you laziest of MP’s?).