Would you vote for a new centrist party if one was to materialise (eg if dozens of MPs defected en masse from both parties ) ? If not now, would you do so if the Labour and conservative parties went back to more traditional socialist/ Conservative Policies
That looked something like this:
Leader: Anna Soubry
Chancellor: Chucka Umunna
Defence: Dan Jarvis
Foreign Secretary: Hilary Benn
Business- Ben Bradshaw
Home Sec- Alison McGovern
Education- Liz Kendall
First Sec- Heidi Allen
Health- Luciana Berger
Communities- Justine Greening
Economics: Mansion Tax, additional taxes for the NHS and Housing
Immigration: reintroduce migration impact fund, remove foreign students from immigration figures
Foreign Policy: Strong Support for NATO and Trident,
A referendum on the outcome of Brexit negotiations, Fully Democratic HoL, A more liberal drugs policy, Lower the Voting Age and Stricter Laws on Online Hate Crime
Whilst I wouldn’t vote for it I would strongly suppprt the creators on if such a party so that the traditional parties 🎊could return to their less liberal roots.
No, I wouldn't. Centrist politics is boring, among other things.
We already had that party, it was called the Liberal Democrats. Can't see this ending any differently.
How is this party not the Liberal Democrats?
I'll be honest, on current performance, although it looks like a win for the centre -i.e. there are loads of people on all sides who would love a Jarvis, Chukka or Cooper-led Labour Party (which could possibly win a landslide) the Centrist Party just smells like a Tory Win.
Firstly, it's obviously encroaching on Lib Dem ground. Second, it's relying on Labour moderates. Third, I can't see past these people becoming the immediate deadly sworn enemies of Momentum, who already hate Blairites more than Tories. In an actual head-to-head, they'd be the priimary target of all the hatred and ire. I think it would take enough votes to kill Labour and the Lib Dems, not get enough to do anything themselves, and deliver a Conservative government.
The hard left won't budge. It will be extremely difficult to move large numbers of the traditional Labour inherited votes. Even if they take a lot of Lib Dem and a small number of Tory votes, with only Labour moderates to make up the bulk, it's hard to see them taking seats themselves, but will put marginals firmly in Tory territory - especially Scotland.
Umunna, Soubry and Hellary Binn.
Amongst my most loathed politicians, how about Stephen Kinnock too?
Although i like the people involved for the most part, i would not abandon the Tories for what is in effect a new Liberal Party. Fundamentally i don't agree with a lot of the policies described and nor do i think they would unseat either Labour or the Conservative parties. Indeed i actually see the two parties squeezing the Liberal Democrats even harder at the next election and nor do i think there is a single issue important enough to have people rally behind a new party.
The best thing those centrists can do is join the Tories to crush Momentum.