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Tory voted Remain but will back Brexit deal

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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NEWBURY’s Conservative candidate Laura Farris believes that “most people want to get on with Brexit” and says she hopes the first thing she will do if elected is vote for the Prime Minister’s deal.

Mrs Farris, a barrister specialising in employment and public law, is the daughter of former Newbury Conservative MP Michael McNair-Wilson, who served from 1974 to 1992.  ​

She is currently vice-chair of the West Berkshire Conservatives and helped out in the local elections this year.

She says that as well as getting Brexit done, her priorities are focused mental health, education and protecting the environment.

Speaking to the Newbury Weekly News, she said: “I voted Remain and I wanted to Remain, but I wholeheartedly support the PM in his deal.​

“I know that Newbury, by a narrow margin, was a Remain constituency, but I think people in Newbury accept the result and want to move on.​

“I think it is a fair statement to say that most people do not want to reopen wounds by having another referendum. ​

“I also do not think we should abandon Brexit as the Lib Dems are undemocratically proposing.​

“I do feel like I’m going into the second election in two years still having the same argument.​

“The last 12 months have been deeply disconcerting and reinforce why we need to get on with it.​

“I did not come into politics to spend the next 30 years, if I am lucky enough to get elected, talking about Brexit.​

“I hope, if I’m elected, my first vote will be to back the Prime Minister's deal.”​

She grew up in Bucklebury, while her father was MP, and was educated in Ascot, before attending the University of Oxford, where she read philosophy, politics and economics.

She came back to the area at the beginning of 2019 and currently lives “north of Newbury” with her husband and two children.​ 

Speaking about her father, she said: “My dad died when I was 14 and he had just retired as an MP. ​

“I remember we always used to talk about politics around the kitchen table – it was a big part of our life growing up.​

“I don’t want to give people the impression that, just because my father was an MP, I think it is my right to follow.

“I might be ‘the former MP’s daughter’, but I have a strong local link and love the area.  ​

“I have lived here and I think I have got a really good grasp of issues on the ground.

“I think I am someone who will enhance Newbury in Parliament.​

“I am a young mum raising a family, living a normal life.

“I hope I can speak in an authentic voice.​

“I hope to represent the people of Newbury in a robust and articulate way.​”

Speaking about her selection as the Conservative Party’s candidate, she said: “I am over the moon, my feet have not quite touched the ground.

“It is a strange feeling and I can’t quite believe it.”

She also stood as a Parliamentary candidate in Leyton and Wanstead (East London) in the 2017 General Election.

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  • Ali Kemist

    17/11/2019 - 13:54

    The "Authentic voice"...a voice already telling half truths "North of Newbury". Which means not in newbury, but actually somewhere in the Wantage constuency! "Good grasp of issues on the ground" look on her website not a single local issue mentioned...clearly newbury has no issues. #BringBackBenyon :(


  • SJ2019

    16/11/2019 - 12:59

    So two years ago she stood elsewhere and lived in South London. Seems perfect for Newbury.


  • louise

    15/11/2019 - 14:47

    What an earth was Tory Central Office doing allowing someone clearly not comfortable with us leaving the EUSSR on the Conservative ticket?? Like NewburyLad I am not comfortable voting for her, and would have chosen Brexit Party candidate. Her locale is also vague ie "North of Newbury"; that could be Aberdeen!


    • grumbert

      22/11/2019 - 18:20

      EUSSR? Oh dear, you really have bought into the EU myths peddled by Farage and the daily express...


    • Ali Kemist

      17/11/2019 - 13:35

      STATEMENT OF PERSONS NOMINATED on the West Berkshire Website states her address as (address in Wantage Constituency). So 'North of Newbury' is correct but she is not living in the constituency she wishes to represent.


  • NewburyLad

    15/11/2019 - 08:57

    So who do we vote for if we want to fully leave the EU ? Obviously not her and definitely not any of the others. The only other important issue is to vote to ensure that the Liberal Undemocrats or the Labour party do not get anywhere near power.


    • NoisyNortherner

      15/11/2019 - 12:55

      I would say move to a constituency where "Man of the People" Farage could use your vote, but then I remembered he's a complete coward and isn't standing.