17 December 2019 16:41
By now, anyone who hasn't been living under a rock knows that the Conservative Party had a great election night. But one person who didn't was former Tory London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith. Goldsmith lost his Richmond Park seat to the Liberal Democrats for the second time last week. He previously lost the seat to the Lib Dems in 2016 when he resigned the Conservative whip and fought a by-election as an independent because of his opposition to the Heathrow Airport expansion. But just a year later he won the seat back in the 2017 election, under the Conservative whip once more.
This time, though, he wasn't so lucky. Richmond voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU in 2016, which could be behind its varying relationship with Brexiteer Goldsmith and the Tories. But not over for Goldsmith just yet. It's been reported that he will be inducted into the House of Lords, so that he can continue his cabinet position of minister of state for environment and international development. Nicky Morgan has also been given a peerage and will stay on as Culture Secretary. Not everyone is happy at the reports. In fact, a lot of people are supremely unhappy about it. A tweet from podcaster Nick Hilton pretty much encapsulates the mood towards the idea that someone as privileged as Goldsmith (whose relatives are billionaires) has seemingly been rewarded for being rejected by the electorate. Hilton cleverly describes how Goldsmith has lived the "British dream".