I live in North Barnes, this is part of the Richmond-Park constituency. As luck would have it, our Brexit supporting MP, ex-Tory Zac Goldsmith has resigned.
He has not resigned over his support for Brexit in direct contradiction to his constituents’ interests. He has resigned over the government’s apparent decision to authorise an extension of Heathrow airport.
I am not that bothered about Heathrow, while I sympathise with everyone around who cannot stand any more noise from planes over our heads.
I am bothered about Brexit. Mr Goldmshith is an example of new politics gone sour. Apart from being a posh Leaver, he ran a thoroughly disgusting mayoral campaign in 2016, which we lost to Sadiq Khan. He deserved to lose.
Now in an exercise in arrogance, instead of resigning the whip, he resigned his seat and seeks to be re-elected. For what? He cannot influence the Heathrow decision as an independent. The Tories have chosen not to oppose him. Why not? Because a perceived split in the Tory vote would hand the constituency back to the Liberal Democrats. Richmond had been a relatively safe Liberal seat up till 2010.
Labour is set to run a candidate, while the Greens probably will not.
None of the normal party politics matter in this case.
The constituency voted overwhelmingly for Remain. Mr Goldsmith does not represent us. Mr Goldsmith’s stance is an affront to the people of Richmond. His potential re-election would be an insult to every Remain voter.
As a British European I will never support a Tory Leaver. He does not represent us, or the thousands of Europeans who live with us, but cannot vote in this by-election.
The Liberal Democrats are the only force clearly opposed to Brexit. They are they only force that can send a message to the government and the world that the Brexit train-wreck must and can be stopped.
I urge everyone to join a #RemainAlliance against Brexit and support the Liberal Democrats and Sarah Olney in this election.
We make a stand against Brexit in Richmond.