Candidates we endorse

We are pleased to recommend the following MPs who share our values

 

Here at Movement 46 we are not politically tribal. We support candidates who stand for our values. In the past, those would have been candidates in the moderate, liberal, internationalist wing of the Conservative Party. Now, as the Conservative Party is no longer a home for people of those values, those candidates are running as independents or under the banner of Change UK or the Liberal Democrats.

 

Dominic Grieve (Independent) for Beaconsfield         

Dominic Grieve has been one of the leading lights of the rearguard action run by moderate Conservatives against the government's extreme Hard Brexit policy. He has served in government as attorney general and in parliament as Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee. In opposition he served as Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Home Secretary, and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice. He lost the Conservative whip when he rebelled against the government's opposition to the Benn Act, which forced it to seek an extension from the EU to the Brexit deadline if a withdrawal agreement had not been reached near the end of October. He is now running as an independent in a seat in which 52% of voters voted to remain in the EU, but in which a Hard Brexiteer candidate is running for the Conservatives.

 

Dr. Philip Lee (Liberal Democrat) for Wokingham

Dr. Lee was the Member of Parliament for Bracknell from 2010 to 2019. He served as a Conservative until summer 2019, when he felt that he could no longer justify standing under the Conservative banner and moved to the Liberal Democrats. He has served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice and is now running in a constituency that voted 57% to Remain in the EU in 2016 but is represented by a prominent No-Deal Brexiteer from the Conservatives.

 

David Gauke (Independent) for SW Herts

David Gauke is an experienced MP and former cabinet minister. He served in successive Conservative governments as Exchequer Secretary, Financial Secretary, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, then as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Justice. He lost the Conservative whip when he rebelled against the government's opposition to the Benn Act, which forced it to seek an extension from the EU to the Brexit deadline if a withdrawal agreement had not been reached near the end of October. He is now running as an independent in a seat in which 54% of voters voted to remain in the EU, but in which a Hard Brexiteer candidate is running for the Conservatives.

 

Sam Gyimah (Liberal Democrat) for Kensington

Sam Gyimah is another experienced MP and former cabinet minister who served in successive Conservative governments. His most recent cabinet position was that of Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research, and Innovation. He lost the Conservative whip when he rebelled against the government's opposition to the Benn Act, which forced it to seek an extension from the EU to the Brexit deadline if a withdrawal agreement had not been reached near the end of October. He is now running as an Liberal Democrat in a seat in which 69% of voters voted to remain in the EU, but in which a Hard Brexiteer candidate is running for the Conservatives.

 

Anna Soubry (Change UK) for Broxtowe

Anna Soubry served in the Conservative government in ministerial positions in health and defence and finally as Minister of State for Small Business, Industry, and Enterprise. She left the Conservative Party in early 2019 to form Change UK alongside two other then-Conservative MPs - Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston - and several MPs from the Labour Party disenchanted with the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

 

Monica Harding (Liberal Democrat) for Esher & Walton

Monica has a long career in business behind her, having worked as a management consultant and held posts as CEO and Director in various businesses in the UK and internationally. She was CEO of the Industry and Parliament Trust, CEO of Refugees International Japan and Director of Communications for the British Council in Japan, and has worked for the British Council in China, France, and the UK. She is now running for the Liberal Democrats in a seat that voted 58% for Remain in 2016 but that is served by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, one of the figures leading the implementation of the hardest of Brexits.

 

Dr. Sarah Wollaston (Liberal Democrat) for Totnes

Sarah Wollaston served as the Conservative MP for Totnes from the 2010 election until early 2019, when she could no longer support the Conservatives. She joined Change UK before moving onto the Liberal Democrats. In parliament, she chaired the Health Select Committee.

 

Stephen Dorrell (Liberal Democrat) for Buckingham

Stephen Dorrell was Secretary of State for Health in John Major's Conservative government. He is currently running for the Liberal Democrats in a seat that voted 52% for Remain in 2016, was represented in parliament by the Speaker, John Bercow, for many years, and which now has a Hard Brexiteer Conservative candidate.