A letter to the editor of the Gloucester Citizen from Richard Ford, UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Gloucester.
As the Tory Remain Prime Minister seems finally to have run down the Brexit clock we have to ask ourselves what will be the electoral consequences for a Tory party which is so very much out of kilter with its own membership?
The Tory party membership and voter base is overwhelmingly in favour of Leave – upwards of 70% according to most polls – and yet Tory MPs, such as Theresa May herself, and indeed Gloucester MP Richard Graham, are strongly in favour of Remain.
In fact, despite Gloucester having voted to Leave by one of the highest margins in the South West – 58.5% – Mr Graham slavishly followed Mrs May’s line in the House of Commons by voting to extend Article 50 and Remain in the EU; to take the WTO “no deal” Brexit off the table – which would have saved the UK a whopping £39 billion severance payment; and to support Mrs May’s so called “deal”, which would see the UK remain locked into the Customs Union and still subject to the European Court of Justice without so much as a say at the top table!
All this is directly contrary to what people in Gloucester voted for by a substantial majority.
How long can such an imbalance prevail?
Hopefully those Leave voters in Gloucester and elsewhere who lent their vote to the Tories in the 2017 General Election in the mistaken belief that the Tories could be trusted to honour their manifesto commitment to Leave the EU will realise that their trust was sadly misplaced and make their feelings known at the ballot box at the next available opportunity.
Leave voters in Tewkesbury, the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean won’t have to wait that long, as there are district council elections in those areas on 2nd May.
UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Gloucester