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Never has he ever, but in 2019 he just might...

January 6, 2019 6:07 PM
By Matthew Parris in The Times

Matthew Parris, formerly Conservative MP for this constituency, wrote in The Times on 31 December 2018 under the headline "Never have I ever… (but in 2019 I just might…) … not voted Conservative". He has always and in all circumstances up to now voted for the Conservative candidate, but…

"This time it could be different. My way is clear. If there's a general election this year, and if my MP (and successor in what was once my constituency) stands again, I will vote for him, Sir Patrick McLoughlin: a good, moderate, sensible Tory who campaigned for Remain. But if it's not Patrick . . . ah, horrid thought - I'll do the deed.

You ask what has pushed me over the edge? It was some damn Tory minister braying that "86 per cent of the electorate voted for a party committed to Brexit at the last election". And that 86 per cent included me.

OK, prime minister. I get the message. You don't want me to vote Conservative any more. Or, I assume, the more than five million other Tory voters who also voted Remain.

So, 2019 could prove a big, big turning point in my life. Do I dare? Can I do this? Already, I'm feeling a little bit excited."