I was a Labour Party activist for 27 years, and stood as a local election candidate several times here in Rugby.
I resigned from Labour in February because the party’s leadership, front bench, NEC and membership is now dominated by the hard left and is not therefore capable of representing the interests of the vast majority of voters in our community, who abhor ideological extremes and seek the ‘three Ps’ of pragmatic, principled and progressive government.
I am now actively supporting Change UK, because they are providing a credible new vehicle to achieve these aims. Their Charter for Remain is clear about providing an alternative “based on the values which we know matter to the British people: a strong economy, our country playing a leading role in the world, protecting our environment, investing in our public services and building a vibrant, healthy democracy where we campaign for our beliefs with decency and respect.”
In a few short weeks Change UK have shown much to their credit: complete honesty and clarity about their Brexit policy of seeking a People’s Vote and supporting Remain; attracting support from across the parties including from former Labour and Tory ministers; taking on Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party; and proposing to change the way in which politics is conducted beyond Brexit. This contrasts markedly with the Conservatives and Labour.
If Rugby voters feel politically homeless, want a fresh start that is devoid of the vested interests of the other main parties, and agree with their clear policy on the EU, I recommend that they consider supporting Change UK in the European Parliament elections and beyond.