Tactical voting and increased turnout among young voters and women ensured a strong parliamentary voice against Extreme Brexit, say Best for Britain campaigners.
Gina Miller thanked for her tireless work as a ‘charismatic and inspiring activist’ by Best for Britain’s Board Chair and CEO
Best for Britain today thanks Gina Miller for her tireless work as Mrs Miller continues to focus on her transparency and scrutiny agenda.
Anatole Kaletsky, chair of Best for Britain, said:
“Gina Miller is an inspiring and charismatic activist who has helped to change the course of British politics. Best for Britain would not have achieved what we did in the general election campaign particularly in some key marginal seats, were it not for Gina’s extraordinary commitment and passion. It has been an enormous pleasure for the board and staff of Best for Britain to work with Gina in addressing the single most important issue facing this country – its future relationship with the European Union.”
Eloise Todd, CEO of Best for Britain, commented:
“It’s been a privilege to work with Gina – a brilliant woman who cares deeply about the future of the United Kingdom. Her passion and determination were at the heart of the campaign, and we look forward to working with her in future on our shared goals.”
“Best for Britain’s campaign, along with many other efforts, showed that there are thousands of people across the country who took a positive choice to vote tactically and protect Britain’s interests in Europe against a potentially ruinous Brexit deal. Theresa May’s mandate for extreme Brexit has now disintegrated, if it ever actually existed, and all those in the UK: businesses, civil society groups, opposition parties and citizens alike, must use their voice to make sure all options are on the table when Parliament votes so the U.K. achieves the relationship with Europe most in the national interest.”
She added: “Best for Britain will continue to ensure that politicians move beyond rhetoric into a meaningful discussion on the future of the country.”
Best for Britain made specific tactical voting recommendations across the whole of England and Wales, as well as in Scotland, identifying 132 top target seats in which digital campaigning was deployed. Almost two-thirds of Best for Britain’s “champions”, were elected to parliament on the basis that they would stand up against extreme Brexit.
These included Emma Dent Coad, who achieved a stunning victory in Kensington against Brexiteer Victoria Borwick, and Tulip Siddiq, who increased her slim majority by over 14,000 with support from Best for Britain and other groups.
The Labour candidates championed by Best for Britain achieved an average swing of 15.42% compared to a national average of 9.5%, while our Liberal Democrat champion candidates exhibited an average swing of 4.96% compared to a national average of –0.5%. Best for Britain also supported candidates from the Green Party, other parties and independents. Best for Britain was proud to work alongside other tactical voting groups who also worked for similar outcomes in the election.
Best for Britain raised over £413,000 from more than 12,000 donors in the run up to the election. While some money went directly to constituency campaigns, over £100,000 was spent on targeted youth voter registration campaigns with further funds spent on nationwide tactical voting adverts. Two million people saw Best for Britain’s adverts encouraging voter registration; 2,395,000 people saw a Best for Britain Facebook advert.
Notes to Editors
Best for Britain is a non-partisan organisation campaigning to ensure the final negotiation with the EU ends with an outcome that is genuinely in the national interest by endorsing MPs that will fight for a meaningful vote on the final deal to include the option of Britain remaining in the EU if the new relationship proposed by the government is less desirable than retaining EU membership.
You can read the Best for Britain Charter here.
The Best for Britain GoFundMe crowdfunder raised over £413,000, and was the fastest growing political crowdfunder ever in the UK with over £300,000 raised in the first week.
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