“Political Opportunism” – Bolton Hits Back At Defecting Councillors
Seven former UKIP Councillors who last week defected to the Conservatives in Great Yarmouth, handing their new Party control of the council, got a little bit more than the bargained for as UKIP leader Henry Bolton, in the area to visit local UKIP members blasted their “political opportunism”.
Mr. Bolton continued that the 7 out of 12 who had left the Party had done what they thought had been in their “own best interests”.
One of the key reasons cited by the defectors was that they felt that voters thought that UKIP had ‘done its job’ following the referendum. Seemingly, without any sense of irony, the Conservative leader of Great Yarmouth council stated that people were crossing over to the Conservatives to ensure that the will of the British people as expressed in last years referendum is “carried out”.
However, Mr. Bolton dismissed this as “absolute tosh”.
Criticising the Conservative Party, the defectors new home, Mr. Bolton said:
“The military integration with the European Union is being deepened but we have got a government that has got a mandate to take us out of the European Union. We are not out of the customs union, we are not out of the single market, and our courts and our parliament are still subordinate to a foreign power. It just doesn’t add up.”
Hopefully, this welcome display of passion from Mr. Bolton as well as the record of the Conservatives in government will give any thinking of following these seven serious cause to have second thoughts.