David Cameron threw down the gauntlet to Eurosceptic Tory MPs yesterday by declaring that anyone who advocated withdrawal from the European Union would not serve on his front bench. On the eve of the launch of a pressure group promoting withdrawal, the Tory leader effectively warned backbenchers not to get involved if they valued their careers..
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Christopher Gill, the former Conservative MP for Ludlow from 1987 to 2001, today announced (20.4.06) that he would join the UK Independence Party in protest at David Cameron’s comments.
Mr Gill made his decision after a lengthy meeting with former Parliamentary colleague, now UKIP Leader, Roger Knapman. Christopher Gill, who was a Maastricht rebel and a well-known campaigning MP, said that by reducing politics to nothing more than ‘playground name-calling’, Mr Cameron has brought the Conservative party to ‘a new low’.
He continued: “Mr Cameron’s new, forward looking Conservative Party seems to have brought back many of the disastrous has-beens from the Major administration: Maude, Gummer, Heseltine and Clarke, to name but a few, dinosaur Europhiles all. It is clear that no argument will move the Conservative Party’s official position on Europe, despite many of their MPs privately agreeing with UKIP.”
Roger Knapman added: “This excellent news shows the growing support for UKIP from seasoned political figures who now take our Party seriously. I have every confidence that more will follow.”
Eleven former Conservative MPs are now members of UKIP.
> It is time UKIP was restored to probity and transparency and its MEPsunderstood they have a debt to the Party and a duty to 16.5% of the electoratewho lent their votes to UKIP on a single core message of GET BRITAIN BACK.People did not vote for individuals however much your collective egos may notwish to believe the truth – they voted for the message, for UKIP and for thehard work 1,000s of UKIP supporters did to GET BRITAIN BACK – not to make any ofyou think you are important nor to enrich any of you – EVERY VOTE that was lentto UKIP was for the core message GET BRITAIN BACK.>> So now is the time to dump those who seek to enrich themselves or beimportant, it is time for us to hear your apology for your outrageous behaviourand it is time to put the accounts on an honest footing. It is also time thatMEPs started to act with some integrity accountable to the Party that gave themthe job.
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