Why South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck would pick the Brexit Party for a coalition government with Labour

South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has revealed that she would choose the Brexit Party over the Liberal Democrats to form a coalition government with Labour.

Thursday, 12th September 2019, 11:38 am
Updated Thursday, 12th September 2019, 17:11 pm
Emma Lewell-Buck MP for South Shields

The news came during her appearance on a political podcast, which was released on Thursday, September 12.

Labour MP Mrs Lewell-Buck has explained to the Gazette why she would opt for the Brexit Party if it came down to a coalition government following any election.

Speaking on the podcast, she said she “could not” go into a coalition agreement with a party which wants to revoke Article 50, as the Lib Dems do.

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Mrs Lewell-Buck was appearing on the Acting Prime Minister podcast, hosted by ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand.

In it, guests are asked a series of hypothetical questions as though they are leading the country – and the Labour MP was questioned over who she would work with in the event of a coalition.

The politician said: “I will be vilified for this but the Brexit Party. Even though I despise everything they stand for, I could not go into lead with a party who want to revoke article 50.”

Speaking to the Gazette, the MP said she has received “hate and a lot of abuse” online since the podcast was released – but added that she just wants to deliver Brexit, as the public voted for in 2016.

Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “I’m not sure that people actually listened to it properly as, of course, it is a fantasy question.

“I would put the same question back to those people who are giving the hate online who say that they are socialists and supporters.

“It shouldn’t come as a shock to them that I’d want to deliver the outcome of the referendum.

“For me, it was a fantasy question and I did say on the podcast that it made me feel sick to say the Brexit party but I opted to go with the party who appears to be supporting delivering the outcome.

“The notion that I would ever made that decision in reality and be in a position to make that decision is laughable, so I think people are taking it out of hand.”