Conservative MP defects to Labour

#2
Lets hope his electorate will give him the shove on election day :evil:
 
#4
No, he was stepping down as a Tory.

He's being reported as saying he's staying on if he's returned as a Labour MP

In Wantage?

Fat chance
 
#6
Doesn't matter what side of the House MPs sit on.
I doubt if there are more truly Representative Members than there are toes on a Leper.
Red, Blue, Orange, Green: They ALL have their own agendae & it doesn't involve doing what we ask.
Democracy my arrse.
 
#8
The Tories have messed up quite badly. This idiot should have been chopped months ago.

I recall driving back from Wales on the day that the body of the weapons inspector Dr Kelly was found. This clown - his local MP (I think) - was on the radio spouting a load of pro-government drivel.

I think he also voted for tuition fees....must check Hansard, can't remember.

This will probably blow over in a couple of days because of the old catch 22 that if the Tories are irrelevant, then no one outside Westminster really cares if one of their number jump ship.
 
#9
I think the Tories are going to have to have a purge. The left wing of the party is well to the left of Bliar on many things and the number of Euro sell-outs is sickening.
 
#10
It occurred to me that this is not the massive gain for Liabour that some would like to see it portrayed as.

It makes the Tories look slightly stupid in the short term as they should have ditched this idiot last year.

However, Liabour have a bit of a liability on their hands. It will not impress the core Liabour party that the Dear Leader is attracting has-been Tories that display a lickspittle sycophancy to the Great Helmsman over such touchstone issues as Iraq and tuition fees. Their other Tory defector(Woodward of the butler and country pile fame) sat very poorly with the party faithful. A defection from the Lib Dems or Respect would mean a lot more to the party faithful who will be required to stuff letterboxes later this year and are, at present, likely to be uninclined to do so.
 
#11
Not so much. I voted for Emma Nicholson as Tory representative for Torridge and West Devon. She won handsomely and went as MY choice. Bitch did a runner to Lib Dems and stayed in as MP - a direct betrayal and a reason to actively dissuade people from ever voting again for her!
 
#12
Wasn't Jackson the chap who had to resign as a minister after causing a major security alert at an airport by saying that he had a bomb in his luggage?

I can't remember - there were so many Tories resigning for corruption, sleaze and general idiocy at the time he ceased to be a minister that the lower-level resignations have all blurred into one.
 
#13
Lets us hope that his career as a Labour turncoat is short and uneventful, then he can retire knowing that his friends will never speak to him again. No one loves a traitor
 
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#14
chimera said:
Lets us hope that his career as a Labour turncoat is short and uneventful, then he can retire knowing that his friends will never speak to him again. No one loves a traitor
Unfortunately not the case, his wife is still a Tory Euro MP and intending to remain as such. My wife would chop my knackers off if I joined the Labour Party 8O
 
#15
It does tend to make a mockery of the whole parliamentary process that an MP can suddenly jump ship and represent the party his electorate did not vote for. He's only going to be a Labour MP until the election then he's quitting. Which makes the Tories look even worse if anything.
 
#16
chickenpunk said:
chimera said:
Lets us hope that his career as a Labour turncoat is short and uneventful, then he can retire knowing that his friends will never speak to him again. No one loves a traitor
Unfortunately not the case, his wife is still a Tory Euro MP and intending to remain as such. My wife would chop my knackers off if I joined the Labour Party 8O
I wouldn't even have a wife
 
#17
Political Correspondent James Kirkup's analysis in yesterday's Scotsman, which has also carried contrasting views:
A complete failure to grasp significance of latest defection

"THESE things happen from time to time in politics," Michael Howard said airily when asked about Robert Jackson’s defection.

No, Mr Howard, they don’t.

Since the Second World War, only three sitting Conservative MPs have crossed the floor of the House of Commons to join a Labour government. All three switched since 1997 to sit with Tony Blair’s government.

The other two defections - Peter Temple Morris and Shaun Woodward - came when the glow of Labour’s 1997 landslide had not yet faded.

Which makes Mr Jackson’s move all the more remarkable, and all the more telling about the strange political times in which we live.

For Mr Blair leads a government that has started a hugely divisive foreign policy, has become almost synonymous with spin and evasion, and has no shortage of the sort of internal tensions that have torn apart more than one government in the past.

Under such circumstances, normal logic suggests Mr Jackson should be unable to get within ten yards of the Labour benches because of the volume of traffic coming the other way, a horde of rats deserting the fast-sinking HMS New Labour.

Yet here is Mr Jackson, cheerily scampering up the Labour gangplank with every prospect of witnessing the Tory armada take yet another hammering from whatever berth Mr Blair rewards him with. Hardly a ringing endorsement of Mr Howard, the man who once raised Tory hopes of a return to government....
full story at http://news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=58052005
 
#18
No great loss to an already lost cause!

He joins a long(ish) list of gutless traitors/men of principle who have tried to save their miserable hides and preserve their place in history or secure a good seat in the House of Frauds by backing the winning side by clinging to the coat-tails of The Great Leader, POD is another good example and remember that pencil-necked creep Shaun/Sean something-or-rather, married to the Sainsbury heiress, and that deaf split-arrse that went to the Liberals. Christ, they can have a few more.

It was, however, a spiteful act to jump just before Michael Coward announced how badly he's about to f*ck up the General Election with his list of half hearted blurb or so called promises (promises from a Politician; I ask you: goes nicely with 'cheques in the post, cum in your mouth and some of my best friends are Gunners etc').

If MPs wake up in the morning and decide to jump ship, good on 'em, but they must surely be made to stand down first and then fight a By Election for their old seat - how can anyone even pretend that it is Democracy by betraying your electorate. This sort of thing ranks with the Scotch MPs being allowed a vote in English affairs.

We, the British public, are having the pish taken out of us again.
 

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