Louise Mensch denies hubby’s version of why she quit as MP
Peter Mensch claims she thought she’d be ‘killed’ at next election. ‘Not true,’ says Louise
FORMER TORY MP Louise Mensch has tried to laugh off her husband's claim, let slip during a magazine interview, that she quit politics because she had no chance of holding on to her seat at the next election.
Mensch stood down as MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire in August, so she could move to New York and build a family life with her new husband, Peter Mensch, an American music manager.
But in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine he suggested that love wasn’t the only reason for her decision to quit Westminster politics – she was taking hard-nosed political realities into account, too.
"There was Louise's belief that she was only going to be an MP for three more years,” he said. “She thought... that she’d get killed in the next election."
Also, his wife felt she was "too outspoken" to "move up the food chain" and get a job in David Cameron’s cabinet.
Louise Mensch quickly unleashed a volley of tweets on Sunday denying that she had resigned for any such reason. “Nothing, repeat nothing, influenced decision to resign other than inability to hold family life together away from him,” she wrote.
This was followed by: “Can honestly say I had no fear whatsoever of defeat at next election since had already decided not to stand again.”
In ultra-cynical Westminster, of course, no one has any doubts that it was the very real risk of losing her marginal seat in 2015 that decided her. And on the streets of Corby, where the by-election to find Mensch’s replacement takes place on 15 November, Labour Party campaigners are expected to make the most of the Mensches’ difference of opinion.
Labour lost to the Conservatives by a margin of only 3.5 per cent in 2010 and, as The Mole reported last week, latest polling shows them on the verge of a resounding victory.
Peter Mensch has done his best to make amends, tweeting: "This is why I don't do politics. Stick to music.” ·