Esther McVey and Zac Goldsmith hope to stage Commons comebacks

Written by John Ashmore on 24 April 2017 in Diary
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At least four former Tory MPs are poised for possible return to Parliament.

High-profile Tories Zac Goldsmith and Esther McVey are eyeing a return to Parliament at the general election, it has emerged.

Goldsmith is considering running in Richmond Park, the seat he dramatically lost to the Liberal Democrats in December after triggering a by-election over the expansion of Heathrow airport.

And McVey is one of three candidates on the shortlist to replace George Osborne as MP for the safe Tory seat of Tatton. The former employment minister lost her Wirral West seat at the 2015 general election.

Although Goldsmith stood as an independent at last year's by-election, the Evening Standard reports the former London mayoral candidate will seek the Conservative nomination if he does run this time round.

A Conservative source told the paper: "He was an extremely popular and hard working local MP and he has remained a party member.

"Not everyone was happy with the by-election but at least he kept his promise to resign his seat over Heathrow expansion. His chances of winning would be good."

Other Tories who are running to regain seats they lost in 2015 include Nick de Bois in Enfield North and Lee Scott, who is taking on Labour’s Wes Streeting in Ilford North.

Both men look to have a good chance in seats where Labour are defending slim majorities, with the national polls looking ominous for Jeremy Corbyn’s party.

Meanwhile, former Lib Dem MPs who lost their seats two years ago are also looking to make a quickfire return to the Commons. Sir Vince Cable is running in Twickenham and Ed Davey is trying to reclaim Kingston and Surbiton.

There have been suggestions the Lib Dems could profit from an unofficial deal with the Green party, who stood their candidate aside during the Richmond Park by-election.

Sir Vince has been encouraging Lib Dems voters in Brighton to get behind the Greens’ only MP, Caroline Lucas.

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