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Tory Minister Esther McVey Has Been Defeated By Labour

She's no longer the only Tory MP in Merseyside.

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The words "McVey Murderer" have been scrawled in paint across a local job centre. And the Wirral TUC union group released the charming song "Sack Esther McVey", which includes the line: "The wicked witch of the Wirral's had her day."

She told BuzzFeed News last month: "To me, people who move to a personal attack like they have done here shows they are bereft of any policies."

Labour peer John Prescott told BuzzFeed News that he was only aware of McVey because of the "lovely dress" she wore in Downing Street.


McVey told BuzzFeed News she entered politics because she was a "kid of the '80s who saw people unemployed, and I saw how tough it was in Merseyside". She said: "I did want to represent that and help all those people from all walks of life."

Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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