Former local Ukip candidate ‘comes home’ to the Tories

Flashback: John Edwards (L) welcomes Michael Read in Jan 2014

Flashback: John Edwards (L) welcomes Michael Read in Jan 2014

A former Conservative council candidate who defected to Ukip last year and then stood for the Eurosceptic’s in the Borough elections has flip-flopped again and rejoined the party he previously described as “out of touch” and “too far to the left.”

Michael Read had been a life long member of the Conservative party and has previously stood for the blues as a candidate in Eastleigh Central ward but in January 2014 Read resigned from the Conservatives and wrote to David Cameron saying:

“There is no future in flip-flopping.”

At the time, one local Tory told Eastleigh News that he thought the Conservatives were “better off without Read” and in an interview with this website Read had explained that his Mormon beliefs meant that he could not accept the legalisation of same sex marriage.

But in a blog post yesterday, the retired schoolteacher wrote:

“A few months ago I realised how incredibly dangerous it would be to split the Conservative vote in the General Election so I rejoined the party to which I had belonged since the age of 18, as a Young Conservative.

“I am really terrified of a left-wing grouping that could destroy all the work the Coalition has done to rebuild the economy over the last five years.”

Michael Read stood as a Ukip candidate in Chandler’s Ford East last May.

During the general election campaign David Cameron has appealed to former party supporters who had drifted to Ukip to ‘come home’ to the Conservatives.

John Edwards, who is the chairman of Ukip’s Winchester and Chandler’s Ford branch had welcomed Read 14 months ago but said today that he “wasn’t surprised” that Michael Read had returned to the Tories.

 “After a while, I felt that maybe he had followed his heart and not his head when he joined Ukip.

“He is a decent man and I wish him well.”

  5 comments for “Former local Ukip candidate ‘comes home’ to the Tories

  1. Alan59
    May 6, 2015 at 11:01 am


  2. May 6, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    A lot of the defectors to UKIP are opportunist career politicians, switching because that’s how the think they’ll best retain their position on the Council. The very people that we need to be voting out of office…

    If I have one criticism of UKIP, that’s it. They should have told all of the defectors to find another lifeboat…

  3. Sam Snook
    May 6, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    £50m cut from child mental health services
    Labour, hold your heads in shame.

  4. May 6, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    John Edwards said “I felt that maybe he had followed his heart and not his head when he joined Ukip.” ? Really? So does that mean that people who join UKIP aren’t using their heads? LOL

  5. May 6, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    This is beyond belief, may I suggest Mr Read retires from politics completely and spare us another news story.

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