1 February 2021

The CapX Podcast: Meet ‘the 109ers’

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Right now All the Government’s efforts are focussed on coronavirus, but what about the fundamental mandate it was elected on?

As the vaccine roll-out continues apace, backbench MPs could be forgiven for raising their eyes to the horizon and starting to think about their prospects for re-election in 2024. By far the biggest Conservative cohort in parliament is the so-called 109 group of MPs newly elected in 2019.

These guys are the cavalry, who stormed the red wall with promises of delivering Brexit and levelling up those parts of the country that had been overlooked by Labour for generations. They’re fiercely loyal to Boris Johnson while recognising that their jobs depend on sticking up for their voters – many of whom aren’t traditional Tories.

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I spoke to four of them – Dehenna Davison, MP for Bishop Auckland, James Sunderland, MP for Bracknell, Virginia Crosbie, MP for Ynys Môn and Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother valley – to find out how they feel about the future now that Britain has left the EU with a trade deal and the pandemic has derailed our economic prospects.

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Alys Denby is Deputy Editor of CapX.