Haven't Tories dominated British politics for 13 years asks Chris Bryant, after professor says new elite is left-wing

10 April 2023, 19:10 | Updated: 10 April 2023, 19:12

Chris Bryant: Who dominates British politics?

By Phoebe Dampare Osei

Chris Bryant countered an academic's comments that Britain has a new left wing elite, drawing attention to Tory policies over the last 13 years which he branded "disastrous".

Professor Matthew Goodwin had said Britain's new elite consists of "virtue-signalling" and left-leaning pundits and politicians, prompting Labour MP Sir Chris Bryant to ask: "Who dominates British politics - isn't that the government?"

"Isn't that Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt, and before them Liz Truss and Boris Johnson and David Cameron?" he added. "Haven't we had 13 years of Conservatives dominating British politics?"

He then listed examples of "disastrous" Tory policies over the last 13 years, most notably the austerity implemented by David Cameron and George Osborne which "hollowed out" the NHS, and Kwasi Kwarteng's mini-budget, parts of which were condemned by the IMF.

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Sir Chris also said he "hates" the term "virtue-signalling" used by Professor Goodwin, but reaffirmed his support for equality regardless of background.

The Labour MP had been standing in for James O'Brien and also discussed Labour's campaigns against Rishi Sunak over the Easter weekend.

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