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European Movement's General Election campaign pays off

The European Movement's target seat strategy has proven successful as candidates opposing Theresa May's extreme Brexit plans were elected across the country.

In the lead up to the election Stephen Dorrell, Chairman of the European Movement in the UK, issued a statement calling on supporters of all political parties to join with the European Movement alongside Open Britain and Britain for Europe in challenging all candidates to commit themselves publicly to maintain an open mind about the Brexit negotiations and to be willing in principle to support our continued membership of the EU if they believe this is the best way to secure Britain’s national interest.

In the statement he identified a number of key constituencies where either ardent hard Brexit candidates needed to be fought or where Remain candidates needed to be defended against threatening Brexit supporting challengers.

The response was overwhelming.

Thanks to our supporters and and pro-EU voters we collectively secured victory for a swarm of pro-European contenders and a trouncing for hard Brexit challengers. The vast majority of the constituencies identified by the European Movement achieved the desired result, many winning with significant increases in their majorities.

Particularly noteworthy was Peter Kyle's win for Labour in Hove with a 21.8% increase in his majority, as well as Emma Dent Coad taking Kensington from the Tories for the first time since the seat was formed. The return of Lib Dem MPs such as Vince Cable and Ed Davey alongside new faces means that the government's never been in a weaker position to push through a damaging, costly divorce from our European friends.

What has been achieved by the European Movement’s joint campaign in these key constituencies, and demonstrated more generally in the outcome of the election, clearly shows that large swathes of the electorate either already support our continued membership of the EU or at least reject the government's blank-cheque hard-Brexit stance.

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Key seat winners:

Constituency
Party
Candidate
Candidate % increase
Winning Majority

Bishop Auckland

Labour

Helen Goodman

6.7

502

Brighton Pavilion

Green

Caroline Lucas

10.4

14,689

Bristol North West

Labour

Darren Jones

16.2

4,761

Carshalton and Wallington

Lib Dem

Tom Brake

6.1

1,369

Eastbourne

Lib Dem

Stephen Lloyd

8.7

1,609

Edinburgh South

Labour

Ian Murray

15.8

15,514

Enfield Southgate

Labour

Bambos Charalambous

12.7

4,355

Exeter

Labour

Ben Bradshaw

15.6

16,117

Gower

Labour

Tonia Antoniazzi

12.8

3,269

Hove

Labour

Peter Kyle

21.8

18,757

Ilford North

Labour

Wes Streeting

13.9

9,639

Kensington

Labour

Emma Dent Coad

11.1

20

Kingston and Surbiton

Lib Dem

Ed Davey

10.3

4,124

Leicester West

Labour

Liz Kendall

14.3

11,060

Newcastle upon Tyne North

Labour

Catherine McKinnell

9.3

10,349

North Norfolk

Lib Dem

Norman Lamb

9.3

3,512

Nottingham South

Labour

Lilian Greenwood

14.7

15,162

Oxford West and Abingdon

Lib Dem

Layla Moran

14.8

816

Penistone and Stocksbridge

Labour

Angela Smith

3.8

1,322

Pontypridd

Labour

Owen Smith

14.3

11,448

Sedgefield

Labour

Phil Wilson

6.2

6,059

Southampton Test

Labour

Alan Whitehead

17.4

11,503

Wakefield

Labour

Mary Creagh

9.4

2,176

Wirral South

Labour

Alison McGovern

9.0

8,323

Wolverhampton South East

Labour

Pat Mcfadden

4.9

8,514

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