Brexit: Labour MPs who back the Tories, not their own voters

Jeremy Corbyn, Emily Thornberry and Keir Starmer

Many Labour MPs are refusing to represent their pro-Remain electorates on the issue of Brexit.

Instead, they back the “hard” Brexit planned by Theresa May, which involves leaving the European Union’s single market and customs union.

May says this is “the will of the people”, and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour opposition, agrees.

Some Labour MPs (see below) have defied Corbyn and backed a call by Labour MP Chuka Umunna for the UK to remain in the single market and customs union. This would allow the UK to trade with the rest of the EU as it does now, while retaining freedom of movement for EU citizens and possibly paying less to the EU, but losing its voting rights. Pro-Brexit MPs argue this would not deliver on the referendum.

Chuka Umunna MP, who rejects Corbyn’s “hard” Brexit policy

However, on the insistence of Corbyn, most Labour MPs have backed Theresa May’s version of Brexit, designed to please her extreme anti- European backbenchers and keep herself in power. They have backed her even against the majority view of the voters in their own constituencies.

From a list of constituencies where the Remain vote has been confirmed or estimated (Source: here are the Labour MPs who have gone against their electorates on the question of Brexit.

Why not write to them and ask them to change?

Labour MPs who back the Tories, not their own voters, on Brexit

Diane Abbott, Hackney North and Stoke Newington. Shadow Home Secretary

Diane Abbott

Rosena Allin-Khan, Tooting

John Ashworth, Leicester South

Hilary Benn, Leeds Central. Chair of the Exiting the EU select committee

Hilary Benn

Roberta Blackman-Woods, City of Durham

Paul Blomfield, Sheffield Central

Kevin Brennan, Cardiff West

Lyn Brown, West Ham

Nick Brown, Newcastle upon Tyne East

Dawn Butler, Brent Central

Alan Campbell, Tynemouth

Bambos Charalambous, Enfield Southgate

Jeremy Corbyn, Islington North, Leader of the Opposition

Jeremy Corbyn

John Cryer, Leyton and Wanstead

Jim Cunningham, Coventry South

Geraint Davies, Swansea West

Thangam Debbonaire, Bristol West

Anneliese Dodds, Oxford East

David Drew, Stroud

Rosie Duffield, Canterbury

Angela Eagle, Wallasey

Bill Esterson, Sefton Central

Jim Fitzpatrick, Poplar and Limehouse

Vicky Foxcroft, Lewisham Deptford

Barry Gardiner, Brent North. Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

Barry Gardiner

Roger Godsiff, Birmingham Hall Green

Lillian Greenwood, Nottingham South

Margaret Greenwood, Wirral West

Fabian Hamilton, Leeds North East

Harriet Harman, Camberwell and Peckham

Kate Hoey, Vauxhall

Mike Kane, Wythenshawe and Sale East

Afzal Khan, Manchester Gorton

Clive Lewis, Norwich South. Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Clive Lewis

Shabana Mahmood, Birmingham Ladywood

Steve McCabe, Birmingham Selly Oak

Siobhain McDonagh, Mitcham and Morden

Jared O’Mara, Sheffield Hallam

Rachael Maskell, York West

Chris Matheson, City of Chester

Chi Onwurah, Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Kate Osamor, Edmonton

Matthew Pennycook, Greenwich and Woolwich

Stephen Pound, Ealing North

Lucy Powell, Manchester Central. Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Lucy Powell

Steve Reed, Croydon North

Ellie Reeves, Lewisham West and Penge

Joan Ryan, Enfield North

Naz Shah, Bradford West

Jeff Smith, Manchester Withington

Owen Smith, Pontypridd

Karin Smyth, Bristol South

Alex Sobel, Leeds North West

Keir Starmer, Holborn and St Pancras, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

Keir Starmer

Emily Thornberry, Islington South and Finsbury, Shadow Foreign Secretary

Emily Thornberry

Thelma Walker, Colne Valley

Matt Western, Warwick and Leamington

The MPs who voted for staying in the single market

Rushanara Ali (Labour — Bethnal Green and Bow)
Mr Adrian Bailey (Labour (Co-op) — West Bromwich West)
Hannah Bardell (Scottish National Party — Livingston)
Luciana Berger (Labour (Co-op) — Liverpool, Wavertree)
Mhairi Black (Scottish National Party — Paisley and Renfrewshire South)
Ian Blackford (Scottish National Party — Ross, Skye and Lochaber)
Kirsty Blackman (Scottish National Party — Aberdeen North)
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Labour — Exeter)
Tom Brake (Liberal Democrat — Carshalton and Wallington)
Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party — Edinburgh North and Leith)
Alan Brown (Scottish National Party — Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
Chris Bryant (Labour — Rhondda)
Ms Karen Buck (Labour — Westminster North)
Sir Vince Cable (Liberal Democrat — Twickenham)
Ruth Cadbury (Labour — Brentford and Isleworth)
Dr Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party — East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Liberal Democrat — Orkney and Shetland)
Douglas Chapman (Scottish National Party — Dunfermline and West Fife)
Joanna Cherry (Scottish National Party — Edinburgh South West)
Ann Clwyd (Labour — Cynon Valley)
Ann Coffey (Labour — Stockport)
Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party — Inverclyde)
Neil Coyle (Labour — Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Angela Crawley (Scottish National Party — Lanark and Hamilton East)
Stella Creasy (Labour (Co-op) — Walthamstow)
Sir Edward Davey (Liberal Democrat — Kingston and Surbiton)
Martyn Day (Scottish National Party — Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Emma Dent Coad (Labour — Kensington)
Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party — West Dunbartonshire)
Stephen Doughty (Labour (Co-op) — Cardiff South and Penarth)
Maria Eagle (Labour — Garston and Halewood)
Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru — Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)
Mrs Louise Ellman (Labour (Co-op) — Liverpool, Riverside)
Paul Farrelly (Labour — Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat — Westmorland and Lonsdale)
Mike Gapes (Labour (Co-op) — Ilford South)
Stephen Gethins (Scottish National Party — North East Fife)
Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party — North Ayrshire and Arran)
Patrick Grady (Scottish National Party — Glasgow North)
Peter Grant (Scottish National Party — Glenrothes)
Neil Gray (Scottish National Party — Airdrie and Shotts)
Kate Green (Labour — Stretford and Urmston)
John Grogan (Labour — Keighley)
Helen Hayes (Labour — Dulwich and West Norwood)
Drew Hendry (Scottish National Party — Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)
Lady Hermon (Independent — North Down)
Meg Hillier (Labour (Co-op) — Hackney South and Shoreditch)
Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat — Bath)
Dame Margaret Hodge (Labour — Barking)
Stewart Hosie (Scottish National Party — Dundee East)
Dr Rupa Huq (Labour — Ealing Central and Acton)
Christine Jardine (Liberal Democrat — Edinburgh West)
Darren Jones (Labour — Bristol North West)
Susan Elan Jones (Labour — Clwyd South)
Peter Kyle (Labour — Hove)
Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru — Ceredigion)
Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat — North Norfolk)
Mr David Lammy (Labour — Tottenham)
Chris Law (Scottish National Party — Dundee West)
Mr Chris Leslie (Labour (Co-op) — Nottingham East)
David Linden (Scottish National Party — Glasgow East)
Stephen Lloyd (Liberal Democrat — Eastbourne)
Caroline Lucas (Green Party — Brighton, Pavilion)
Angus Brendan MacNeil (Scottish National Party — Na h-Eileanan an Iar)
Kerry McCarthy (Labour — Bristol East)
Stewart Malcolm McDonald (Scottish National Party — Glasgow South)
Stuart C. McDonald (Scottish National Party — Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East)
Alison McGovern (Labour — Wirral South)
Catherine McKinnell (Labour — Newcastle upon Tyne North)
John McNally (Scottish National Party — Falkirk)
Carol Monaghan (Scottish National Party — Glasgow North West)
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Labour — Bridgend)
Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat — Oxford West and Abingdon)
Ian Murray (Labour — Edinburgh South)
Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party — Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
Brendan O’Hara (Scottish National Party — Argyll and Bute)
Albert Owen (Labour — Ynys Môn)
Jess Phillips (Labour — Birmingham, Yardley)
Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru — Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Mr Virendra Sharma (Labour — Ealing, Southall)
Mr Barry Sheerman (Labour (Co-op) — Huddersfield)
Tommy Sheppard (Scottish National Party — Edinburgh East)
Mr Gavin Shuker (Labour (Co-op) — Luton South)
Tulip Siddiq (Labour — Hampstead and Kilburn)
Andy Slaughter (Labour — Hammersmith)
Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party — Glasgow South West)
Jo Stevens (Labour — Cardiff Central)
Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat — Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Wes Streeting (Labour — Ilford North)
Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrat — East Dunbartonshire)
Alison Thewliss (Scottish National Party — Glasgow Central)
Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op) — Harrow West)
Stephen Timms (Labour — East Ham)
Chuka Umunna (Labour — Streatham)
Keith Vaz (Labour — Leicester East)
Catherine West (Labour — Hornsey and Wood Green)
Dr Philippa Whitford (Scottish National Party — Central Ayrshire)
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru — Arfon)
Pete Wishart (Scottish National Party — Perth and North Perthshire)
John Woodcock (Labour (Co-op) — Barrow and Furness)
Daniel Zeichner (Labour — Cambridge)

Note: an earlier version of this article had Heidi Alexander in the list of Labour MPs who backed the Tories. In fact, she was a teller for the single market amendment in June and voted against Article 50.



No ifs. No buts. The UK should remain in the EU.

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