Tory candidate resigns

Michael Read

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.

  13 comments for “Tory candidate resigns

  1. January 20, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Good grief, that’s a major surprise, but I agree with Michael Read on all of the reasons he has cited and I applaud him for having the courage to resign his membership.

    He’s absolutely right about the ‘disconnect’, but I would add that Labour & Lib Dems have exactly the same problem. I’m disconnected from all of the mainstream parties…!

    And I don’t think David Cameron will hold a referendum either. We’re being strung along on the promise of a referendum after the election, which the Tories are using to boost their otherwise dire prospects in 2015, and to counter the UKIP threat. As such, the Tories are playing political games with this referendum.

    If Labour or Lib Dems get in, a referendum definitely won’t happen. If the Tories get in, they’ll conveniently find a reason not to hold that referendum. I think it suits Tory leaders to remain in the EU, as they (and their supporters in the business world) can continue to make lots of money out of that institution, and the gravy train that it supports…

    The only decent solution is to hold the EU referendum right now, to get the EU matter resolved quickly, before the May elections. The longer it drags on, the more harm this situation does to the UK (and the EU).

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    January 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I think this story shows the gap between the Conservative party elite and their foot soldiers.

    I can’t say I think that liberalisation of same sex marriage or the constitution is a bad thing – in fact I think its one of the good things about the coalition – but it clearly bothers a lot of people like Michael Read.

    People who for years have paid the subs and have trudged miles in all weathers to deliver leaflets.

    Incidentally, he had an awful experience recently when he had his smartphone snatched by a gang in Portsmouth.

    His cautionary tale is here:

  3. Sam Snook
    January 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I waiting to hear what UKIP say’s?.

  4. Rosie
    January 21, 2014 at 1:12 am

    In nearly 40 years of having the vote, I can’t think of ANY prime minister who has done more damage to the hard working tax-paying people of this country and to the general population’s view of government and politicians! A huge number of people who were previously comfortably-off financially are now struggling to pay even food and energy bills. The truly high earners and the rich are hardly impacted (paying a maximum of 50% tax – and mostly avoiding paying tax) whilst many just-above-average earners are having to pay 40% tax rates – DOUBLE the basic rate, especially those without children so no access to tax credits). David Cameron has continually come up with schemes and “decisions” which are half-baked, ill-conceived, “pie in the sky” or just stupid ideas and he’s alienated many Conservative former voters, so it’s not surprising if his own Party loyalists are also deserting. I’m sure if all the money wasted on these half-baked ideas (and the continual last minute changes) was totted up and published we’d be horrified, especially when we’re losing so many of our basic services which the Conservatives can’t cancel, outsource or privatise quick enough. It’s also appalling that our charities and voluntary organisations are having to spend huge amounts of time and precious funds on legal advice to fight the “gagging law” because our Government and coalition MPs are too arrogant to admit that they got it wrong (unless it’s their aim to stop freedom of speech in this country too which, after the voting result of the Eastleigh by-election, wouldn’t surprise me as they’re scared that the General Election will find many Con-Libs replaced with UKIP, other parties and independents. Labour might be being blamed for our financial problems but it’s the bankers who caused the real damage to this country and the Government’s Conservatives continue to pander to them because they’re their public-school buddies and might prove useful in the future….

    • January 21, 2014 at 7:24 am

      Labour were very similar when in office Rosie, and would be again if elected. It is a huge problem for the UK, as none of the parties are really fit to govern us.

      • Michael Read
        January 21, 2014 at 7:39 am

        Perhaps you should say none of the major parties, Ray.

  5. Pete Stewart
    January 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    The test of whether a party is fit to govern is whether it promotes self-governance.

    Since none of the “main” parties belives in self-government, they are not fit to govern.

    Only UKIP believes in self-government, therefore only UKIP is, by definition, fit to govern Britain.

    Democracy is government of the people by the people for the people (says Lincoln).

    The essence of democracy is the political expression of collective free will. Such free will cannot be expressed if you have a foreign country telling you what to do.

    Finally I ask: What sort of people go round saying that we, the British people, are not fit to govern ourselves and that we should let foreigners do it for us?

  6. Rigel
    January 22, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Lincoln didn’t say Democracy is government of the party by the party for the party though did he,

    Pete all ‘partys’ claim to represent the majority and all adherents dull their wits by becoming part of them. You might be right that in some cases Europe is ruining Britain , but in lots of other cases it is not, and you sound stupid when you try and say it does.

    Pete Rosie Michael, Sam , Ray if we left ideology at the door and sat down and worked hard we could probably solve all the problems and still have time for a kickabout before supper , but no…. you all want to prove that your gang is right because otherwise you have wasted loads of time following them all these years …..and I’m just as bad because I just want to prove I’m smarter than everyone else and that I followed the right influences becoming a community anarchist.

    The tory by-election campaign was rubbish , I honestly think they let the lib dems win , Hutchings did not turn up to a debate with Thornton , he is a wholly vulnerable candidate and they did not get stuck in. Er is that democracy 2 coalition partners playing nice with no policies to set them apart just vaguely and unhelpful ideologies, no wonder less than 50% vote they are F’in bored !

  7. Sam Snook
    January 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I need to understand what UKIP stands for.
    Sam Snook

  8. Sam Snook
    January 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    How are you, what a pleasant surprise.
    “Coming aboard- We need you!!!

  9. Rigel
    January 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    No I’m pulling alongside and knocking holes in their boat , will someone from UKIP confirm that the policy is to do nothing about climate change pls……. a yes/no answer will suffice

  10. Sam Snook
    January 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    When and why- did UKIP join the EFD

  11. January 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Some of you asking about UKIP policies? seems they don’t have any. Farage has torn up the 2010 manifesto this week – he said its drivell. He now has a blank sheet of paper. LOL!

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