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What total and utter cynicism!

January 31, 2019 11:20 AM
By Stephen Hardy MBE

Theresa May is to offer "a cash injection into deprived areas that supported Leave" in an effort to bribe wavering Labour MPs to back the government's Brexit. This would allow "Labour MPs representing Brexit communities to show that they have extracted something tangible in return for their vote", a source told The Times.

This promise is totally empty. Any form of Brexit will leave the government with less money to spend on healing the inequalities in this country. In that sense May's latest pledge is dredged from the same cynical well as her "Brexit dividend" to fund the NHS.

What's more, a quick bung to left-behind communities is no substitute for a proper long-term strategy to heal the divisions in our country. But Brexit will mean years of distraction and much less time to focus on our real priorities.

Labour MPs tempted by the prime minister's offer should think again. If they facilitate May's plan they will go down in history as the MPs who let down the majority of Labour voters in their seats - and every Labour seat - which polling has shown now want to stay in the EU.