Speaking to Andrew Marr this morning, Caroline Flint MP predicted that if Labour fails to honour its manifesto pledge to respect the Brexit referendum result, it would cost the Party as many as 40 seats at a future General Election. One of those seats definitely viewed as being under threat is Yvette Cooper’s in Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford.
Despite her constituency backing Brexit by 69-30%, Cooper has been at the heart of Parliamentary attempts to wreck Brexit by taking a WTO Brexit off the table and cause delay after delay.
Cooper’s constituents are understandably unimpressed.
Richard Hampshire, who launched the petition three months ago, said:
“The referendum in our constituency was a staggering 70 to 30 in leave’s favour and all Yvette Cooper has done is try to block and frustrate at every opportunity.
“We had a democratic vote and we wish it be respected.”
At the time of writing, over 35,000 people had signed the petition.
Of course, the local Labour Party has already dismissed the petition as being the product of the “far-right”. However, its popularity surely serves to underline that the warning given by Ms Flint this morning is far from groundless……..