I think that the result in Chesham and Amersham was predictable and indeed all the information I was picking up from friends who live there in the last three weeks, and indeed in my own old constituency, suggested to me that this was going to be the outcome.
This has happened not just because of HS2 or because of greenbelt issues, although that played a part, it is because this is a pretty sophisticated electorate that knows what a fraudulent prospectus is and they have a very low opinion of the Prime Minister. They consider him to be a charlatan.
This is, I think, quite a widespread view amongst a certain section of the electorate that has consistency voted Conservative all their lives because this is a deeply conservative area with a small ‘c’. That’s the fundamental problem that the Conservative Party’s got. They have a Prime Minister that appears to have an appeal to some section of the electorate because he’s optimistic, he’s sunny, he’s outgoing. And towards another group, who perhaps take life a little bit more seriously, he comes across extremely badly and it’s got much much worse.
20 June 2021 – Dominic Grieve QC, Conservative MP from 1997 to 2019, former Attorney General