Conservative MEP Caroline Jackson threatens to quit party

From theparliament.com:

British Tory leader David Cameron has been condemned as “ridiculous” for pulling his party out of the EPP-ED group.

The blistering attack, from one of his own MEPs, comes in the wake of Cameron’s decision to cut loose from parliament’s biggest political group after June’s European elections.

Caroline Jackson is so incensed by the move she says she is considering quitting the Tory party of which she has been a member since 1963.

“Pulling out of the EPP was ridiculous, is a serious mistake and I am minded to leave the party,” she said.

Jackson, who is retiring in June’s European elections, has been an MEP since 1984, making her one of the longest-serving deputies.

Meanwhile, in councillor news the BBC has the story of Thurrock Council leader Terry Hipsey quitting the Conservatives for Labour.

Read more by or more about , , , or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

3 Comments

  • David Boothroyd 26th Mar '09 - 9:19am

    An important fact omitted in the report about Caroline Jackson is that her husband, former Wantage MP Robert Jackson, was a Conservative but joined the Labour Party in early 2005. The proximate cause in that instance being funding for higher education, but being a supporter of British membership of the European Union was part of his estrangement.

  • Martin Land 26th Mar '09 - 6:34pm

    Whatever. It still never fails to amuse that so many Tories suddenly realise what their party is AFTER they announce their retirement!

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User Avatarpaul barker 22nd Aug - 5:17pm
    This article seems a bit confused. As far as I can see the Conference Motion says nothing about our call for a real Vote on...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 22nd Aug - 5:17pm
    Ooops. HTML fail: only per se should be italicised.
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 22nd Aug - 5:12pm
    Well said. About the most sober and intelligent reflections I've yet seen on this dreadful business.
  • User Avatarpaul barker 22nd Aug - 4:55pm
    I agree with most of the article but Champion went well beyond answering questions. She wrote for The Sun & approved the Headline - those...
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 22nd Aug - 4:46pm
    James, I think it is about taking the lessons of economic theory and making it work for those at the bottom of the pile. The...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 22nd Aug - 4:44pm
    @P.J. "plunged into another G.E. with no resolution or agreed song sheet" I agree that this is a real danger for Lib Dems. Other than...