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Lord Pearson as a Tory party whip and Griffin v. Maloney

UKIP have got themselves into a right pickle recently, poor things! It emerged last week that their new leader Lord Pearson a number of months ago made a somewhat controversial offer to the Conservative party. Pearson allegedly (The Times, 30 November, UKIP’s planned deal with Tories causes outrage in anti-Europe party) approached Lord Strathclyde, the leader of the Tories in the House of Lords, with an offer to disband the party and withdraw all UKIP candidates if the Tories agreed to hold a referendum on EU membership. Lord Strathclyde himself has confirmed that the meeting with Pearson, who is in fact a former Tory, took place.

Although Nigel Farage has since changed the story slightly saying that the offer only included withdrawing all candidates, this is still a pretty hefty political gamble.

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  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 4th Jul - 3:18pm
    @David Raw Point taken and don’t forget the last line of the song; “That’s what gets results”.
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 4th Jul - 3:15pm
    It reads a bit like a sermon. As the late George Burns said; “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning...
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 4th Jul - 3:15pm
    "many ‘soft’ Tory voters thought the coalition worked well in very difficult circumstances" — yes, and voted Tory in 2015 because they thought that was...
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 4th Jul - 3:10pm
    Don't "apologize", just move on, i.e. let it wither on the vine. Easiest done with a leader unconnected with the Coalition. Frankly any discussion of...
  • User AvatarSue Sutherland 4th Jul - 2:58pm
    Thank you for this Max and I so agree with you about policies. We always have lots of well thought out, good policies but we...
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    Yes Brexit rears its ugly head re the vaccine.For the fanatics of Brexit anything to do with the EU is out of the question. Johnson...