Broxtowe: Do you really want Anna Soubry as your MP?

Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry has been among the more vocal Conservatives in the Coalition government – which is interesting as she represents the extremely marginal seat of Broxtowe.

The seat had been Labour-held since 1997, and it seems likely that the Tory victory here in 2010 was a sign of dissatisfaction with the then-current Labour government, rather than interest in anything the Tories had to offer.

How would residents vote if they knew Ms Soubry’s voting record? Let’s find out.

She is against increasing income tax paid by the extremely rich; against a bankers’ bonus tax; supports cutting Corporation Tax (even though this does not make companies more likely to invest in the UK or its workforce); and supported the increase in VAT. Clearly she believes in taxing the poor to pay for the rich.

She is strongly in favour of the current government’s creeping privatisation of the NHS.

She strongly supported the Bedroom Tax.
She strongly supported cuts to social security benefits including Jobseekers’ Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, the Personal Independence Payment and so on.
She strongly supported the benefit uprating cap, ensuring that benefits do not rise in line with prices.
She voted very strongly for making local councils responsible for helping people afford council tax – and for reducing the amount available for such support.

She is a strong supporter of military operations overseas.
She voted very strongly for replacing Trident with more nuclear weapons.
She opposes a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

She supports privately-run ‘Free Schools’ and privately-owned ‘Academy Schools’; she voted very strongly for the increase in undergraduate tuition fees to £9,000 per year; and she voted to end financial support for 16-19 year olds in training and further education. Clearly she only wants education to be available to those who can afford it.

She is totally against localism and has voted to reduce both the powers of local councils and their funding.

She supported the waste of money that is Police and Crime Commissioners.
She supported the restriction of Legal Aid that has made justice available only to the rich.
She supports secret courts.

She supported the invasion of privacy that allows the security services to monitor and keep information about your communications.

She voted very strongly for the botched privatisation of the Royal Mail – and for the sale of England’s state-owned forests.

She supports unrestricted rises in rail fares, and is against regulation of gambling.

She opposes green energy generation.
She supported the badger cull.

If you live in Broxtowe, you need to know this information.

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  1. NMac March 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Ideal opportunity to “cull a Tory” coming up. Hopefully lots of Tories will be culled.

    • Mike Sivier March 21, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      I fancy publishing a lot of Coalition voting records here.

      • Jim Round March 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

        Yes do, but also highlight Labour’s voting record, good and bad, just to show whose side they are on.

  2. Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) March 21, 2015 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Mike, I was suspicious of the motives of former Tory health minister, Anna Soubry, when she proclaimed her support of assisted suicide:

  3. Joan Edington March 21, 2015 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    “She opposes a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU”. How come such a vile person actually has one redeeming point? Ah, maybe I read that the wrong way. Maybe she does want out of the EU but just doesn’t want the public to have any say in the matter.

  4. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl) March 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Probably better that I don’t! Doesn’t she sound a “NACE” person and I am sure all the Tories love her.

  5. casalealex March 21, 2015 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Looks to me like she is working towards being in ‘another place’.

  6. wildswimmerpete March 21, 2015 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    Well look at my own MP, Graham Evans (Con – Weaver Vale) defending a knife-edge majority of 900, an important marginal into which the Tories are shovelling money. Weaver Vale includes Northwich, Winsford and Runcorn New Town (the Old Town is in a different constituency). Last time I met Evans he treated me with ill-disguised contempt, he knew I’d only recently had a stroke.

    Regarding his view on benefits:
    “How Graham Evans voted on Welfare and Benefits

    Voted very strongly for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”)

    Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices

    Voted very strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability

    Voted strongly for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support

    Voted very strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

    Voted strongly against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed”

    Plenty more nastiness here:

  7. Lisa March 21, 2015 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    She also opposed compulsory sex and relationship education in schools that would have brought in much needed up to date coverage, including tackling the issues of online access to porn and the vital importance of consent.

  8. Wayne Leon March 22, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Time for the cull to begin, starting in MAY!!!

  9. chriskitcher March 22, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    All in all a thoroughly nasty piece of work. Still its a record to be proud of – a vile Tory. Lets hope that she is jobless in May.

    • wildswimmerpete March 23, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Looks like Soubry’s wish-list is the same as the one held by my Tory MP Graham Evans. Appears to me the Tory Party is comprised of like-thinking sheeple obeying orders handed down by their Fuhrer in Tory High Command.

  10. Gary March 23, 2015 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I saw her interviewed on TV, a genuinely nasty piece of work..

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