Statement from Anna Soubry MP

Why I have resigned from the Conservative Party

Hello again,

As you may have heard I have resigned from the Conservative Party and will now sit as an Independent. My decision to leave the Conservative Party, which I first joined over 40 years ago, has not been easy but I believe it is the right decision. I have explained my reasons in a letter sent this morning to the Prime Minister from myself and two other Conservative colleagues.
On Monday a group of MPs resigned from the Labour Party and they are now sitting as members of the Independent Group and I will be sitting with them in Parliament. My decision will come as not much of a surprise to regular readers of this email newsletter. I have written of my belief that the Conservative Party is drifting to the right wing of British politics. I have also recognised that many constituents feel their views are not represented by either of the two main parties. Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie said on Monday in his resignation speech, “enough is enough”. I agree with him; in the last few years I have come to the firm view that I have more in common with his values and principles than many people in the Conservative Party. It is time to realign British politics and get back to the centre moderate ground. 
If you can, I hope you might send me your support. In any event, I will continue with my work for all my constituents – in that respect nothing has, or will, change. 
As ever, Anna 

9 Comments

  1. Whatever the ins and outs (and there are many) I feel strongly that changing allegiance should trigger a by-election. If there’s a Labour government they will aim to put this into law. Some will feel betrayed by Anna’s defection, some glad, but shouldn’t we as her constituents have a chance to express our opinion before the next General Election which isn’t till 2022?

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    1. Agreed. Could bolt it on to the Broxtowe elections scheduled for 2nd May at minimal cost.
      She was elected on a Tory manifesto to which she no longer subscribes, therefore she should resign and let (her) voters decide whether her behaviour to-date warrants her being re-elected.

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  2. I suspect the pressure for by-elections will be compelling. That being the case…

    The Lib Dems (through party leader Vince Cable) have already said they will not stand against the independents… perhaps Labour should not stand against the three former Tories and the Conservatives not stand against the 8 former Labour members.

    That way the public can make it clear whether it was the person or the party who should own the seat until the next general election, whenever that turns out to be.

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  3. Why? Your present leader sent a tweet to someone saying “In Elections you vote for the candidate not the party/leader.” The person didn’t want to vote Labour because of Gordon Brown!

    But I suppose it’s one rule for Momentum Labour and another for everyone else.

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  4. How would you have voted on other issues if you had not had to tow the party line. Id be interested to know what your views are on a lot more things other than Brexit.

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  5. In just over one month, the British MEP’s will be returning from Brussels.
    Many are highly experienced professional politicians.
    One particularly outstanding Conservative MEP is Daniel Hannan. I sincerity hope that he will be invited to stand as Conservative Party candidate for Broxtowe, at the next General Election.
    Anyone unfamiliar with Daniel should take a look on YouTube. His clear insight into the EU and Socialism, would make him a magnificent addition to the Conservative Parliamentary party.
    Let’s have a True Blue British patriot as our next Conservative Member of Parliament.

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  6. I have never voted for a Conservative candidate (except in County Council elections some 60 years ago when politics were not part of local government as they are today). I have often not agreed with our present MP but this time I think we should clap and cheer her decision and that of all the other MPs who have become Independents. I would like to think that rather than carry on to form a new party that they can see their way to joining in with the Liberal Democrats with whom their opinion seem more aligned.

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