Conservative switches over Brexit
Surrey councillor Christine Elmer said she found it “impossible to be a member of the Conservative party” and had joined the the Lib Dems so she could campaign against “hard Brexit”.
The pro-Remain politician, who has sat on Elmbridge Borough Council since 2006, added that the Prime Minister calling a general election had fuelled her discontent within the Tory ranks. [The Independent]
As Surrey has county council elections coming up on the first Thursday in May, that’s a particularly timely boost for the local Liberal Democrats.
Yet more Ukip chaos
Ukip foreign affairs spokesman Jim Carver dramatically quit his post today amid a growing backlash against a raft of policies announced by Paul Nuttall yesterday that appeared to target Muslims.
The West Midlands MEP said he “strongly disagreed” with the “misguided policy” to ban the burka and said he could not support that or other plans announced by party leader Mr Nuttall yesterday.
PoliticsHome understands more than half a dozen Ukip MEPs could withdraw support for Mr Nuttall in protest at the “vile” policies.[PoliticsHome]
Tim Farron: gay sex isn’t a sin
Liberal Democrat candidate news
- Adrian Sanders has confirmed he won’t be standing again.
- Lib Dems suspend Luton South candidate over anti-Semitism as party says his “utterances have no place in the party”. Good to see such swift action after the issues came to light.
- In not-exactly-surprising-news, Alistair Carmichael is standing for re-election.
- How the Lib Dems learned to love all-women shortlists.
- Selections are underway in Bath and Yeovil, where in both cases the candidate selected for a snap general election last year is not going for the seat this time.