Although, as Gavin Ayling reports, they are doing a damn good job of denying it.
John Maples [Tory Deputy Chairman] has thrown a spanner in the works for any Conservative who shares the sensible and logical position of opposition to the EU:(3) Thatcherite: “What is the Candidates Department's policy on Parliamentary candidates signing up to support The Freedom Association's "Better Off Out" campaign? Are Parliamentary candidates allowed to publicly advocate withdrawal from the European Union?”
This campaign is contrary to party policy and we will take a dim view of any candidate who signs up to it. We expect candidates, before and after selection to support party policy (and I hope to continue to do so after they have been elected as well!)
Regular readers will know I am a strong support of the Better Off Out campaign and I'm a member of the The Freedom Association which, I believe, started BOO.
So, now we have both the Conservative Deputy Chairman and the Conservative Chairman opposing their people signing up to BOO and, lest we forget, David Cameron's declaration that there is no place on his front bench for EUsceptics. Oh, and don't forget Letwin's fucking pathetic attempt to convince your humble Devil of the rightness of the EU and, when challenged with facts and figures, to withdraw behind the metaphorical mother's skirts of "we'll have to agree to disagree" like the big girl that he is (it's not a question of faith, Letwin, you prick: it's about solid economic, political and social issues).
Dave's Tories are EUsceptic? My fucking arse they are.