News from Grassroots conservatives
12 Jul 2018
Grassroots Conservatives response to Chequers proposals reported in the Daily Telegraph 12 July
There is "growing frustration among Conservative backbench MPs over the agreement reached by Mrs May’s Cabinet on Friday last week, which has so far led to five members of her Government - including Boris Johnson and David Davis - resigning in protest.
The deal due to be set out in the Brexit White Paper on Thursday has been condemned by Mr Johnson as a “semi-Brexit” that effectively shackles Britain to the EU indefinitely, while two vice-chairs of the party have warned the concessions offered to Brussels would hand “Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10”.
At least two Tory MPs have now submitted letters of no confidence to Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, whilst more than a dozen others are believed to have held back from doing so in the hope that Mrs May can be forced into a U-turn.
Speaking to the Telegraph on Wednesday, Ed Costelloe, the chairman of the campaign group Grassroots Conservatives, warned that Mrs May risked alienating her strongest supporters and consigning the party to defeat at the next election unless she changed course.
“Mrs May has a choice between a Remain that Brexiteers can live with, or the Brexit that the majority voted for in the Referendum,” he continued.
“ If she chooses the former she will lose the support of many core Conservative supporters, donors, members and canvassers at the grassroots and the trust of many others. It will become a party of the elite with little grassroot support.”
Echoing his comments, John Thorne a Somerset county councillor and executive member of Taunton Deane Conservative Association said that he felt “betrayed” by Mrs May and her deal represented staying in “the EU in all but name”.
“There is an old saying that if something looks like an elephant, moves like an elephant, and sounds like an elephant, then it is an elephant,” he added.
“In my opinion, Theresa May has to be replaced as Party leader as quickly as possible. She had very little of my trust previously, and now she has none of my trust.
“I will now not be going out campaigning and running myself into the ground at the next General Election like I have done for the past several elections if Theresa May is still leading us. I probably will not even vote Conservative if I even vote at all.”
Separately, a senior source in the East Midlands Conservative Party told the Telegraph that membership subscriptions had “imploded” in recent months, adding that Mrs May’s Brexit negotiating was driving people out of the party.
“We experienced a drop during and after the referendum when Remainers left,” they continued. “But now this deal risks p------ off the people who have stuck with the party, the vast majority of whom voted to leave.”
Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough and Rushden and former chairman of Grassroots Out, said: “I strongly recommend that Conservative members stay and resist the urge to tear their cards up in anger, because that is self defeating.
“I talked to my members on Saturday morning and they just want the policy changed. I think that’s the feeling amongst most people. They want the Prime Minister to get rid of the policy and get rid of her advisers.
“Many colleagues have not had the chance to go back to their constituencies to find out what their members think of the Chequers deal. I think come next Monday...I think talking to the officers of their association, that might have a significant impact.”
Read here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/07/11/rees-mogg-calls-brexiteers-across-country-join-tory-party-change/