Will YOUR Conservative MP support Dominic Grieve?

We understand Conservative MPs may be ‘toeing the party line’, but we firmly believe that many are as concerned as we are about the powers the EU Withdrawal Bill gives the Government.

There are at least 140 Tory MPs who voted Remain. So far, 10 of them have signed Dominic Grieve’s amendment for Parliamentary approval of the final exit deal.

We are confident of Labour party support for this and the amendment already has an impressive 44 signatures from 5 parties. We only need another 5-10 Conservative MPs to back it and we’ve won – there would have to be an act of Parliament to approve the final deal before we can leave the EU.

This amendment truly allows us to keep our options open!

If your MP gets lots and lots of letters about this, they may be inclined to join Dominic Grieve.

So if you are in one of the constituencies below, please write to your MP today asking them if they will give their backing to Amendment 7. Follow it up for an answer and don’t accept a standard reply – ask them directly if they will sign it.

The signing deadline is next Thursday 9th Nov. If they won’t put their name to it by then, ask them will they VOTE for it if and when it is called for debate.

Even better, sign up to our campaign now so that together we can make an even bigger impact through our national lobbying network.

Let’s keep the pressure up!

Arundel and South Downs
Beverley and Holderness
Bexleyheath and Crayford
Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
Boston and Skegness
Bournemouth East
Bury St Edmunds
Calder Valley
Cannock Chase
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Central Devon
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Chelsea and Fulham
Cities of London and Westminster
Croydon South
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
East Devon
East Hampshire
East Surrey
Elmet and Rothwell
Faversham and Mid Kent
Finchley and Golders Green
Folkestone and Hythe
Forest of Dean
Grantham and Stamford
Halesowen and Rowley Regis
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Hastings and Rye
Kenilworth and Southam
Maidstone and The Weald
Meon Valley
Mid Norfolk
Mid Sussex
Mid Worcestershire
Milton Keynes North
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Northampton North
North Devon
North Dorset
North East Bedfordshire
North East Hertfordshire
North Thanet
North West Cambridgeshire
Norwich North
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Penrith and The Border
Plymouth, Moor View
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Reading West
Rochester and Strood
Romsey and Southampton North
Rossendale and Darwen
Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
Runnymede and Weybridge
Rutland and Melton
Scarborough and Whitby
Skipton and Ripon
South Holland and The Deepings
South Northamptonshire
South Ribble
South Staffordshire
South Suffolk
South West Bedfordshire
South West Hertfordshire
South West Surrey
Staffordshire Moorlands
Suffolk Coastal
Sutton Coldfield
Taunton Deane
The Wrekin
Thirsk and Malton
Thornbury and Yate
Tiverton and Honiton
Tonbridge and Malling
Truro and Falmouth
Tunbridge Wells
Vale of Glamorgan
Welwyn Hatfield
West Dorset
West Suffolk
West Worcestershire
Worthing West
Wyre and Preston North
Wyre Forest

Suggested letter – but please make it your own.


I am a constituent of yours – my address is xxxxxxxx – and I am writing about the European Union Withdrawal Bill.

I understand that Brexit requires a Bill along these lines, but I am very concerned by the powers this gives to the Government to decide on the exit terms without consulting Parliament. After all, one of the main reasons people voted to leave the EU was to return powers to Parliament.

The Prime Minister has said that the European Union should make an offer that Britain can accept. It seems to me that the amendment tabled by Dominic Grieve requiring a statute to authorise the exit agreement is precisely what is needed to make that more likely: negotiators on both sides will know that the deal has to be good enough for Parliament to accept it.

Crucially, it will also undermine those who are arguing we will be better off without a deal at all.

Please could you join your colleagues who have already signed the amendment and sign it yourself – signalling the widespread Conservative support, that I am sure exists, both for democracy and a constructive deal.

Yours sincerely,

Update on Amendments

Amazing news!
The amendment we have been campaigning for (Amendment 7) has gained support from Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, SNP and Green parties – this means there is a good chance it will be called for debate.
We still need as many MPs as possible to sign it, and build support for the other amendment we are backing (New Clause 4) to show the Government that they do not have a mandate to do as they wish.
The committee stage was supposed to have started by now but the Government has delayed the vote to give the whips time to work on those who are standing up for our Parliamentary Democracy.
So it is as important now as ever before to contact your MP and tell them you are grateful (if they have signed – see below) or that they should be supporting this if they haven’t. 
The government is worried that they are losing support on these key issues – and they should be! We need a concerted effort to show that we want our Parliament to have the final say.
With the prospects of a no-deal Hard Brexit rising by the day, it’s even more important that the Government stays accountable, and Parliament has to APPROVE any exit deal – including leaving without a deal. So please keep up the good work and together we can restore Parliamentary Democracy.
The amendments we are supporting are even making the national news!

Let’s now raise the profile higher so the government cannot ignore the issue.


(For up to date signatories, please refer to the most recent Amendment paper on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Documents page.)

Signatories at time of writing:
Amendment 7

Kinnock, Stephen (Labour) – Aberavon
Grieve, Mr Dominic (Conservative) – Beaconsfield
McCabe, Steve (Labour) – Birmingham, Selly Oak
Cadbury, Ruth (Labour) – Brentford and Isleworth
Lucas, Caroline (Green Party) – Brighton, Pavilion
McCarthy, Kerry (Labour) – Bristol East
Neill, Robert (Conservative) – Bromley and Chislehurst
Soubry, Anna (Conservative) – Broxtowe
Stone, Jamie (Liberal Democrat) – Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Doughty, Stephen (Labour (Co-op)) – Cardiff South and Penarth
Jones, Susan Elan (Labour) – Clwyd South
Hayes, Helen (Labour) – Dulwich and West Norwood
Sandbach, Antoinette (Conservative) – Eddisbury
Murray, Ian (Labour) – Edinburgh South
Bradshaw, Mr Ben (Labour) – Exeter
Malhotra, Seema (Labour (Co-op)) – Feltham and Heston
Gapes, Mike (Labour (Co-op)) – Ilford South
Kendall, Liz (Labour) – Leicester West
Morgan, Nicky (Conservative) – Loughborough
Farrelly, Paul (Labour) – Newcastle-under-Lyme
McKinnell, Catherine (Labour) – Newcastle upon Tyne North
Gethins, Stephen (Scottish National Party) – North East Fife
Smith, Angela (Labour) – Penistone and Stocksbridge
Bryant, Chris (Labour) – Rhondda
Clarke, Mr Kenneth (Conservative) – Rushcliffe
Allen, Heidi (Conservative) – South Cambridgeshire
Lefroy, Jeremy (Conservative) – Stafford
Coffey, Ann (Labour) – Stockport
Umunna, Chuka (Labour) – Streatham
Wollaston, Dr Sarah (Conservative) – Totnes
Hammond, Stephen (Conservative) – Wimbledon
Lady Hermon (Independent) – North Down
Mary Creagh (Labour) – Wakefield
Lammy, Mr David (Labour) – Tottenham
Mr George Howarth (Labour) – Knowsley
Sir Vince Cable (Lib Dem) – Twickenham
Jo Swinson (Lib Dem) – East Dunbartonshire
Tom Brake (Lib Dem) – Carshalton and Wallington
Sir Edward Davey (Lib Dem) – Kingston and Surbiton
Layla Moran (Lib Dem) – Oxford West and Abingdon

New Clause 4

Coyle, Neil (Labour) – Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Cadbury, Ruth (Labour) – Brentford and Isleworth
Lucas, Caroline (Green Party) – Brighton, Pavilion
Doughty, Stephen (Labour (Co-op)) – Cardiff South and Penarth
Hayes, Helen (Labour) – Dulwich and West Norwood
Murray, Ian (Labour) – Edinburgh South
Bradshaw, Mr Ben (Labour) – Exeter
Kyle, Peter (Labour) – Hove
Gapes, Mike (Labour (Co-op)) – Ilford South
Kendall, Liz (Labour) – Leicester West
Farrelly, Paul (Labour) – Newcastle-under-Lyme
McKinnell, Catherine (Labour) – Newcastle upon Tyne North
Leslie, Mr Chris (Labour (Co-op)) – Nottingham East
Bryant, Chris (Labour) – Rhondda
Coffey, Ann (Labour) – Stockport
Umunna, Chuka (Labour) – Streatham
Lammy, Mr David (Labour) – Tottenham
Sir Vince Cable (Lib Dem) – Twickenham
Jo Swinson (Lib Dem) – East Dunbartonshire
Tom Brake (Lib Dem) – Carshalton and Wallington
Sir Edward Davey (Lib Dem) – Kingston and Surbiton
Layla Moran (Lib Dem) – Oxford West and Abingdon

Vital amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill

The following proposed amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill stipulate that there must be an Act of Parliament to approve the terms of the UK’s exit before we can leave the EU.
These are therefore the two amendments that are vital in order to keep our options open and give Parliament a meaningful vote.
Amendment 7
Clause 9, page 6, line 45, at end insert “, subject to the prior enactment of a statute by Parliament approving the final terms of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.”
Member’s explanatory statement
To require the final deal with the EU to be approved by statute passed by Parliament.
To move the following Clause-
“Arrangements for withdrawing from the EU
Notwithstanding any powers granted under this Act, no Minister of the Crown may agree to the arrangements for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union referred to in Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union until Royal Assent is granted to an Act of Parliament—
(a) authorising the Minister to agree to an exit day to be specified in the Act,
(b) authorising the Minister to agree to those arrangements that will apply after exit day, the arrangements to be specified in the Act.”
Member’s explanatory statement
This new clause would ensure that a separate Act of Parliament would be required for Ministers to determine exit day and to set out the arrangements that will apply after exit day.

Help us fight Theresa May’s damaging Hard Brexit

In her Florence speech, Theresa May confirmed her commitment to leave the Single Market and Customs Union – dedicating herself to a damaging Hard Brexit that will make us all poorer.
And she repeated her claim that no deal was better than a bad deal – effectively threatening to just walk away. And with her EU Withdrawal Bill currently before Parliament, she can do that on a whim. She could storm out of the talks on Monday and then formally leave the EU on the Tuesday – just because she felt like it.

That is the power that this bill currently gives her. For all her talk about parliamentary sovereignty, this bill is designed to by-pass Parliament. It’s a monstrosity that represents the single largest power grab by a government in modern political history.

We believe that we live in a Parliamentary Democracy and such decisions must be taken by parliament – not Mrs May.

Join the fight!

The good news is that this bill has NOT YET been passed. It is at the Committee stage where the bill can be amended to make it reasonable. Approximately 150 amendments have been tabled that address the issues that you will be concerned about – including a very important one by Conservative and former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve. It stipulates that there must be an Act of Parliament to approve the terms of the UK’s exit before we can leave the EU.

Parliament returns in the second week of October and we are organising people to lobby their MPs to support these amendments so that the Government stays accountable, and Parliament has to approve any exit deal – including leaving without a deal.

That’s what Represent Us is now campaigning for. 

Sign up to the campaign and we will send you details of how to take effective action. 

Amending the EU Withdrawal Bill

Much has happened this week; and you may think most of what you have heard has been bad. But this is far from the full picture!

Read on to see how you can help Represent Us fight to keep our EU options open, and maintain Parliamentary control….

In its current form the EU withdrawal bill is indeed a monstrosity that represents the biggest power grab by a government in modern political history. It is a badly worded, open-ended Enabling Act allowing the government to do pretty much whatever it wants to virtually anything that is covered by current European legislation without Parliament’s permission – including altering the Act itself!

It would also allow the government to walk out of talks and then take us out of the European Union with no trade deal and no alternative arrangements in place on a ministerial whim. So it is pretty awful.

But the thing to remember at this point is that it has NOT been passed; and most of Parliament – including a significant number of Conservatives – are fully aware of how awful the bill is and have explicitly said that they will not pass it in its current form.

The vote on Monday was merely the second reading – a stage where Parliament is effectively saying “do we need a law on this subject”? On that question, it is hard to say no if you are planning to leave the European Union; and that is why it was passed at that stage.

The next stage is key because this is where the bill can be amended to make it reasonable. Many – including some very significant Conservatives such as the former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, have put down amendments to address all of the issues that you will be concerned about. This includes stipulating that there must be an Act of Parliament approving the terms of the UK’s exit. They have also said that they will NOT support the bill unless it is amended.

The initial vote on these amendments will probably be in October. In that time we should all be campaigning and lobbying our MPs to support these amendments so that the government stays accountable and Parliament has the final say on any deal or on leaving without a deal.

That’s what we should be doing and it is what Represent Us is now campaigning for. Please join us to help ensure that Parliament retains control and we will send you more details of how best you can help.

Announcing VoteSmart2017

We’re delighted to be able to tell you about our new Tactical Voting website!

The site launched last Wednesday just in time to boost tactical voting in the critical final week.
We’ve been working on this with our partners Remain Strategic – the digital communications people who brought you the StopTheSilence campaign. They’ve been helping us with some highly sophisticated targeting!

We hope this will help people make sense of the various tactical voting sites – where possible we have given an overview of what recommendations are out there for each seat.

Please share widely!

And if you’d like to help us reach more people, please contribute to our Crowdfunder!

The End of the Beginning

It was a sad day that many never wanted to see; but the messages from across Europe have been the most positive thing to come from Wednesday’s events. “We already miss you,” said Donald Tusk as he acknowledged that the EU does not want the UK to go and that he knows that nor does half of the UK. He – and plenty others across Europe – made it very clear that the door is open and that we are welcome to change our mind whenever.

Our Prime Minister, of course, seeks to dismiss that out of hand; but perhaps she protests too much. After all, If the Leavers were right and there is a glorious future of milk and honey for all, why would anyone want to? Why would we not unite behind our leader in a brave new chapter? (I think we all know the answer to that!)

So what happens now? More importantly, what should we all be doing?

We do what we were set up to do – make our politicians represent us.

People have been promised much, told that everything is going to be great, so great. Perhaps it will be; but if it isn’t, and if our politicians are taking us down a path that hurts more and more people every day, then they need to be told that. If people change their minds, they need to know that too. And if promises and pledges become dust, then they need to be told that we won’t forget.

Ultimately, politicians will listen; but we have to speak up and be heard. And it can’t be in general terms or in statistics as they are too easily brushed away (“we’ve had enough of experts” after all). So we quote the things that can’t be dismissed: a local factory closes down and moves to Europe; crops can’t be gathered because there’s no workers; hospital cancels operations because staff have gone back to Europe; local projects shelved because EU money pulled: academic collaboration abandoned because we’re no longer part of European schemes: and so on.

Find them all; and then tell your MP (and us).

We need now what only you can provide. Find out what the EU has done for your area and how leaving will hurt. Find out and report it to us; but bring it to local press attention as well if you can. The more everyone can see what Brexit really means, day to day, then the more likely they are to change their mind.

We’re facing an 18 month clash of fantasy meeting reality. Our job – all of us – is make sure MPs represent the ever increasing number of us who are suffering as a result of this. This is the campaign we all need to be a part of; and we hope you’ll join us.

We will be in touch again very soon with more detailed plans, taking into account the very useful feedback we have had from some of you (for which many thanks).

Richard, Charles & Sue

Sign up for campaign updates

Whilst the vote  on 13th March did not go the way we wanted, this was always going to be unlikely given the Government’s determination to ram things through. But we have made an impact and moved the debate; and there are good reasons to believe that we can still achieve our overall aim, which is to ensure that Parliament has to approve the terms before we leave the European Union.

First of all, this issue is now at the very centre of the debate – and our campaign definitely helped put it there. What is more, it is not going to go away. As David Davis admitted, Parliament will find a way of asserting its power over this decision. There may be a successful court case, there may be further opportunities to pass legislation, and there may be procedural or political opportunities we cannot now foresee. We will be active at every point to continue to press the argument.

Secondly, we are well placed to build on what we have already done and create an even more effective campaigning operation – one that is well co-ordinated with other groups campaigning on different aspects of the wider anti-Brexit and anti-hard Brexit cause. We have experience now and the beginnings of a target constituency network that will be really powerful. So now we take stock, learn the lessons and work with others to make a more effective national campaign.

Finally, a small point but one worth bearing in mind. The result in the Commons is actually not as bad as it seems. The Conservative rebels abstained rather than voting against the government – not because they couldn’t make up their minds, but because they knew they didn’t have the numbers to win. Over time we may get those numbers. We now have the right contacts and structure to keep the campaign going until we can win; and all of you will be able to play your part in making that happen.

So to develop and move forward to the next stage, we’d like to hear your ideas of extra things we can do as well as feedback on what we could do better next time. Because there will be a next time. The die-hard Brexiteers out there thought that this referendum would be the end of the debate and kill off any discussion on the merits of the EU and the Single Market. We would say the exact opposite is true. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone and the referendum – and the way things have been handled since – have shown us all what could be lost and galvanised us to action.

So sign up for campaign updates and we will take your ideas and comments and work with the others out there to keep the debate alive.

Very best wishes,

Sue, Richard and Charles

Poll Results

Labour would save 25 seats by supporting Parliamentary control of the Brexit process


Two weeks ago the Prime Minister said that Parliament will have a vote on the Brexit terms negotiated by the Government – but that whatever the result, the UK will leave the European Union. The Labour Party has a choice: will it accept this, or press for an amendment to the Bill about to be laid before Parliament to stipulate that the UK will not leave the European Union until Parliament has approved the terms?

Represent Us commissioned ICM to conduct a poll in Labour held constituencies last weekend to test the different impacts on Labour in a 2017 election of these two positions. It found that there are 25 seats that Labour will lose if it accepts the Prime Minister’s position. However, if Labour voted for an amendment such as NC99 that enables Parliament to keep all options open until it knows the deal, it would keep those seats. Similarly, there are 5 seats that it will lose if it votes for such amendment that it would retain if it accepted the Prime Minister’s position. There are also 68 seats that it will lose either way. In vote share terms, Labour achieves 36% of the vote in Labour held constituencies if it accepts the Prime Minister’s position and 41% of the vote if it votes for an amendment. It had just over 50% of the vote in these constituencies at the General Election.

One explanation of these figures is that Labour has already lost the support of many potential UKIP voters. On the other hand the poll suggests c. 18% of its current supporters voted Lib Dem in 2010 and that just over half of them are likely to go back to the Lib Dems if Labour supports the Government. This group exists in the North of England as well as the South.

Please note that these figures are exaggerated – but the relative impact of calling for remaining as an alternative to a bad deal and accepting that we leave whatever the deal is very clear indeed.

The seat projections are not based on a uniform national swing but on local conditions. For more on the methodology, see below. If you have any questions, please call or email Charles Seaford. charles@represent-us.uk 0780 3086546.

The seats lost

The following are the 25 seats that Labour would lose if it accepts the Prime Minister’s position that the UK will leave the EU whatever the result of Parliament’s vote on the exit terms. That is, Labour would retain these seats if it supported an amendment such as NC99 that placed Parliament in control and to kept all options open.

  • Bermondsey and Old Southwark – Neil Coyle
  • Birmingham, Selly Oak – Steve McCabe
  • Brent North – Barry Gardiner
  • Bristol South – Karin Smyth
  • Cambridge – Daniel Zeichner
  • Cardiff Central – Jo Steves
  • Cardiff South and Penarth – Stephen Doughty
  • Cardiff West – Kevin Brennan
  • Derby South – Margaret Beckett
  • Erith and Thamesmead – Teresa Pearce
  • Exeter – Ben Bradshaw
  • Hammersmith – Andy Slaughter
  • Hampstead and Kilburn – Tulip Siddiq
  • Hornsey and Wood Green – Catherine West
  • Huddersfield – Barry Sheerman
  • Leeds North East – Fabian Hamilton
  • Nottingham South – Lilian Greenwood
  • Sefton Central – Bill Esterson
  • Slough – Fiona Mactaggart
  • Tooting – Rosena Allin-Khan
  • Tynemouth – Alan Campbell
  • Warrington North – Helen Jones
  • West Lancashire – Rosie Cooper
  • Westminster North – Karen Buck
  • York Central – Rachael Maskell

The following are the 5 seats that Labour would lose if it calls for Parliament to have the option of deciding Britain should stay in the EU if the terms on offer are bad, but would retain if it accepts the Prime Minister’s position that the UK will leave the EU whatever the result of Parliament’s vote on the exit terms;

  • Ashfield
  • Don Valley
  • Stoke-On-Trent Central
  • West Bromwich East
  • West Bromwich West


More details on the methodology

These numbers are based on a sample of 1,343 voters in Labour held seats (this excludes ‘won’t votes’ and ‘don’t knows’). The seat projections do not assume a uniform national swing but take into account the proportion of remain and leave voters amongst supporters of each party in each constituency and the tendency of each of these groups to switch their votes in response to Labour’s stance.

Represent Us (who commissioned the poll) first estimated the number of leave and remain voters amongst the supporters of each party in each Labour constituency. This was done by taking the national proportions amongst the main parties (as calculated by YouGov – https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/06/27/how-britain-voted/) and applying a local adjustment based on educational qualifications: the higher the proportion of the adult population with no qualifications the higher the leave vote amongst Labour and Lib Dem voters. The figures were further adjusted to ensure that the total leave and remain votes corresponded to the constituency by constituency estimates of total leave and remain votes made by Chris Hanretty – a Reader in Politics at the University of East Anglia.

The ICM poll then revealed the proportion of voters in each of these groups in all Labour constituencies that said they would change their votes if Labour and the Lib Dems called for a real choice for Parliament, if Labour supported the Government and the Lib Dems called for a real choice for Parliament, and if Labour supported the Government and the Lib Dems called for a referendum. The third scenario was very similar to the second, with a slightly stronger showing for the Lib Dems and worse results for Labour. These proportions were then applied to the current voting intentions amongst each group in each constituency and the result of the election calculated

The following are the 68 seats that Labour loses under either option.

  • Alyn and Deeside
  • Barrow and Furness
  • Bassetlaw
  • Batley and Spen
  • Birmingham, Edgbaston
  • Birmingham, Erdington
  • Birmingham, Northfield
  • Bishop Auckland
  • Blackpool South
  • Bolton North East
  • Bradford South
  • Brentford and Isleworth
  • Bridgend
  • Bristol East
  • Bury South
  • Chorley
  • City Of Chester
  • Clwyd South
  • Copeland
  • Coventry North West
  • Coventry South
  • Dagenham and Rainham
  • Darlington
  • Delyn
  • Dewsbury
  • Dudley North
  • Ealing Central and Acton
  • Edinburgh South
  • Ellesmere Port and Neston
  • Eltham
  • Enfield North
  • Gedling
  • Great Grimsby
  • Halifax
  • Harrow West
  • Hartlepool
  • Hove
  • Hyndburn
  • Ilford North
  • Lancaster and Fleetwood
  • Luton South
  • Mansfield
  • Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
  • Newcastle-Under-Lyme
  • Newport East
  • Newport West
  • North East Derbyshire
  • Oldham East and Saddleworth
  • Penistone and Stocksbridge
  • Rother Valley
  • Scunthorpe
  • Sedgefield
  • Southampton, Test
  • Stalybridge and Hyde
  • Stockton North
  • Stoke-On-Trent North
  • Stoke-On-Trent South
  • Wakefield
  • Walsall North
  • Walsall South
  • Wirral South
  • Wirral West
  • Wolverhampton North East
  • Wolverhampton South West
  • Workington
  • Worsley and Eccles South
  • Wrexham
  • Ynys Mon

Crowdfund a Poll

An opinion poll to persuade MPs

Having already done some analysis, we are confident that Labour will not suffer electorally from supporting this amendment.  Indeed, our figures show that Labour would likely gain support through backing this amendment.

A professionally conducted opinion poll would strengthen our case enormously.

We have approached a polling firm who have costed this at £12,000. We believe we can raise £8,000 of this via grant funding and a major donor.

So we are looking to raise pledges to the value of £4,000 as quickly as possible so that we can take this project forward.

Crowdfunder Project