Peers quit Tories to join UKIP
Press Conference to be held at 11.30 am today, Tuesday Jan 9th, 2007, 1, Abbey Gardens, Westminster, SW1.
Two senior Tory peers quit the party today (Tues) to join the UK Independence Party, disillusioned with David Cameron's leadership.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch and Lord Willoughby de Broke are to establish a UKIP group in the Upper Chamber as working peers. They will ask questions and participate in debates on behalf of the anti EU Party and assist in fund raising.
"I have lost hope that the current Conservative leadership will be loyal to the country by putting national interests before its own," Lord Pearson said. "UKIP is the only show in town in telling the British people what is going on and how the corrupt octopus in Brussels is ever tightening its tentacles around an independent Britain."
Lord Willoughby de Broke said: " This is not a decision either of us have taken lightly but if the Conservatives say we are letting the party down, I would say the reverse: that the party has let us down and let the country down.
"David Cameron pledged that he would lead the Conservatives out of the European People's Party grouping in the European Parliament within months of being elected leader. Without that pledge he would not have been elected. He has reneged on that promise and indicated that he supports our continued membership of the EU and is prepared to work with it."
Nigel Farage, UKIP leader, said "I welcome these defections which come on top of many senior Conservatives who have joined us in recent months and I predict many more to come."
This is, of course, very good news because it means that, for the first time, UKIP has a voice in the Westminster Parliament; for the first time, UKIP has the chance to table questions and join in debates in the parliament which we claim to be defending. Hooray!
The statement from the two peers runs as follows:
We join the UK Independence Party because we have lost hope that under its present leadership, the Conservative Paty will adopt a sufficiently Euro-sceptic policy in time for the next General Election. Only UKIP is telling the British people the frightening truth about our relationship with the European Union:
- That the majority of our national law is now made in Brussels.
- That is law is proposed in secret by the unelected EU bureaucracy, the Commission. It is then negotiated in secret by the Committee Of Permanent Representatives form the Nation States (COREPER) and decided in secret by the Council of Ministers, where the UK is reduced to some 8% of voting power. The resulting laws are then executed by the Commission having been confirmed, if necessary, by the Europhile EU Parliament and Luxembourg Court. The House of Commons and the House of Lord are irrelevant in this process.
- That our representative Parliamentary democracy has therefore become largely redundant; we have lost the power to govern ourselves. The central privilege of that democracy, for which millions have died over hundreds of years, is that the British people should have the right to elect and dismiss those who make their laws. This has been betrayed by our membership of the EU.
- That leaving the European Union would free us from its stifling regulation and would therefore be hugely advantageous to our economy; it would create millions of jobs, adding substantially to our GDP. It is thus a positive, enriching and thoroughly modern thing for us to do in this globalised world. It is a policy for a better future.
- That the proposed European Constitution is going ahead fast in Brussels, despite the veto cast by the French and Dutch people in June 2005. The Eurocrats are illegally using clauses in the existing Treaties, (particularly Article 308 which allows the Community to act only "in furtherance of the operation of the Common Market" – i.e. the Free Trade Area established by the Treaty of Rome, and voted for by the British people in the Referendum of 1975) to drive ahead the Charter of Fundamental Rights, a vast EU human rights law, most of which was contained in the failed Constitution.
- That some of the initiative being pursued in Brussels will be difficult to reverse, for instance our military procurement, which is being surreptitiously aligned with EU ambitions, to the detriment of our long-term relationship with the United States and the Commonwealth.
So we also join UKIP with enthusiasm, in the hope that together we can help the British People to wake up to their predicament, and to react accordingly.
David Willoughby De Broke
Good for them, and thank fuck that they—and numerous other Tories—have seen that Cameron and his ilk have no anti-EU agenda and are quite content to let us be ruled by unelected Commissioners from a foreign country as long as those lazy cunt MPs can continue to collect their £60,000 a year plus average expenses of £130,000.
Let us remember what Francis Maude said to Tory Radio
It is not the Conservative Party's view that we should be out of the European Union...
There you have it: if you are anti-EU, if you believe in free trade, if you believe that we should rule ourselves through our elected representatives and you are still a member of the Conservatives, then you are a hypocrite (or "a Ruth", as I like to say).