The European elections are shaping up to be a colourful affair with both the Brexit Party and pro-EU Change UK revealing a spate of new candidates this morning. Along with Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata, libertarian Claire Fox will stand for Nigel Farage’s party. Meanwhile on the Remain side, a member of a political dynasty has decided to try and win election as an MP for Change UK. Step forward Rachel Johnson.
Johnson is to follow in the footsteps of her father Stanley and brothers Boris and Jo by entering the political arena. The writer has revealed she will stand as a European election candidate in the South West region for Change UK, set up by the Independent Group MPs. Explaining her decision to the Evening Standard, Johnson said:
‘A vote to leave the EU is so important, so life-changing for the next two generations that I am impelled to stand up and be counted for what I believe in, which is that we are far better in Europe.’
Mr S wonders whether Johnson will have better luck than the last time she joined a political party. In 2017, Johnson announced that she was joining the Liberal Democrats in protest at the Conservative party’s Brexit stance. However, that endorsement failed to provide the party with much in the way of a poll boost. Will Johnson’s latest foray into politics lead to change?