The Deputy Chairman (political) of Eastleigh Conservative Association has resigned form the party claiming it no longer reflects his conservative values.
Michael Read is a 72 year-old veteran activist who was due to contest the Eastleigh Central ward in the May local elections, has cited a ‘disconnect’ between the party hierarchy and its grassroots and accused Conservative central office of ‘ineptitude’ in their running of the Eastleigh by-election.
Chandler’s Ford resident Read is a retired school teacher and former Ford worker who had first joined the Conservatives in 1959 and was regarded as a loyalist.
He had previously stood unsuccessfully in Central ward losing several times to Liberal Democrat candidates.
Read sent his resignation in an email in which he expressed his dissatisfaction with both the performance of David Cameron and Coalition policies.
Among his other concerns were support for same sex marriage and ‘tinkering with the constitution’ by changing the laws on primogeniture (to allow the eldest child of monarch to succeed even if female) and by allowing the monarch to marry a catholic saying “both of these (are) preparing the way for major problems with the successions in the future.”
Read also blasted David Cameron saying did not believe he would hold a referendum on Europe and said the party had ‘broken promises’.
Read finished off his email by adding:
“I should point out that it is the party that has left me, not vice-versa.”
A prominent local Conservative told Eastleigh News they were ‘surprised’ by Read’s resignation but did not want to comment further.