Nine in 10 Tory seats back a People's Vote

PUBLISHED: 08:41 17 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:53 17 January 2019

The ticket barriers at Westminster underground station in London with advertisments for the People's Vote campaign. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

The ticket barriers at Westminster underground station in London with advertisments for the People's Vote campaign. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Polling has found that nine in ten Conservative seats back a People's Vote to break the deadlock in parliament.

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The analysis, commissioned by Best for Britain and Hope Not Hate, comes as Conservative MPs and members launch the ‘Right to Vote’ campaign seeking to give voters a final say on the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU.

The findings reveal that 290 of the 317 seats held by a Conservative MP contain a majority of voters who want a second referendum. Of these seats, 166 seats have over 55% support for a vote on the deal and 44 have over 60% support.

Greg Hands’ constituency of Chelsea and Fulham saw the highest levels of support with 73% in support, while in the prime minister’s constituency of Maidenhead 59.5% support a public vote to break the impasse.

In arch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg’s seat there is also a majority for a People’s Vote - 52.4% support a second referendum, while 61.4% of people in Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge constituency back a vote on the deal.

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Right to Vote campaigner and Best for Britain supporter Dr Phillip Lee MP said people have been “underestimating” Conservative support for a People’s Vote.

He said: “I know from private conversations at parliament that backing among my colleagues for a referendum is there and is growing fast. We aim to accelerate that with today’s launch of the Conservative-led Right to Vote campaign.

“Conservative politicians need to pay attention to today’s findings. Across all Conservative held parliamentary seats, 55.8% of voters in Conservative seats want a referendum if parliament is deadlocked over Brexit, as it continues to be.”

Best for Britain CEO Eloise Todd added: “We welcome the launch of Right to Vote and applaud the MPs that are speaking out for what’s best for their constituents. Britain is uniting around the need for the question of our future in Europe to be put to the people.

“There is a real danger that Westminster will offer a fudge, cobbled together in backrooms. But people across the country want to have the final say on Brexit and MPs must now deliver that.”

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