Op-ed; Ukip's former Tory MP Douglas Carswell is quitting the party and hopes he will continue representing his constituency of Clacton without having to face a by-election.
He plans to stand as an independent but how independent will he really be?
He has already shown himself a die-hard Tory during his time with Ukip.
On the BBC news channel Saturday morning he stuck the knife in Ukip firmly and squarely.
He assessed Ukip as a one trick pony that is finished now that PM Theresa May is about to trigger Article 50.
In October 2014 we reported "Ukip and its party leader are celebrating Friday morning. The party secured its first seat in the Commons in Thursday's vote boosting the party's image and ego. Tory defector Douglas Carswell won Clacton in the South of England but was the electorate voting for their tried and tested old Tory MP or UKIP?"
Carswell was full of praise for unelected Tory PM Theresa May Saturday.
His words re Ukip "job done" obviously do not reflect his full view.
Carswell is hoping his constituents remain a one MP set of voters who are intrinsically right-wing but what about local Ukip supporters? If Carswell has his way they will not get a chance to elect a Ukip MP or one of any other political colour.
Is he so desperate to stay in politics and if so why?
Did Carswell discuss his resignation with Theresa May and other Tories? Was he hoping to simply cross the floor of the House and join his Tory chums? Such a move would trigger a by-election.
He did not discuss his imminent departure with his Ukip colleagues who found out he had quit along with his blog readers and the mainstream media.
Carswell posted his intention to resign on his blog saying;
It has been an extraordinary achievement. UKIP, my party, which was founded in 1993 in order to get Britain out of the European Union, has now achieved what we were established to do.
Later Saturday there are claims that Mr Carswell jumped before he was pushed and that he had been summoned to appear before Ukip bosses and answer questions Monday.
Finally thoughts from Twitter › owenjbennett
"As I revealed in #thebrexitclub Carswell joined Ukip to lessen Farage 's role in the EU ref. Job done, now he's off. Astonishing infiltration"
Labour party woes continue.
Backed into a corner Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said there would be a three-line whip when it comes to triggering Article 50.
Thursday shadow minister Tulip Siddiq resigned from the Labour frontbench telling Corbyn that she could not reconcile herself to the party’s three-line whip decision when it comes to the vote for triggering article 50.
And so on it goes.
Selfish divisive politics damaging the Labour Party and wrecking its chances of election success.
The Party hardly needs the biased negative press reporting it gets. Selfish individuals in the party, some on the fringes of the party, are happily doing all the necessary dirty work.
Ms Siddiq said Thursday in her resignation letter "I have always been clear – I do not represent Westminster in Hampstead and Kilburn, I represent Hampstead and Kilburn in Westminster. “I feel that the most effective place for me to counter Theresa May’s hard Brexit is from the backbenches.”
Ms Siddiq represents an area that voted overwhelmingly for the country to stay in the EU. She says she intends to represent her voters accordingly.
What would she have done had her constituents voted for BRexit we wonder?
But Stoke Central Labour Party have selected a man who wants the UK to stay in the EU as their representative in the upcoming election yet the constituency was the highest BRexit voting region of the UK.
Who is masterminding the latest internal battle in the Labour Party?
With former Labour PM Tony Blair interfering in British politics with a visit to the EU the Labour Party could be set to let down its party members and grassroot supporters once again.
Are these MPs working toward a remove Corbyn agenda once again?
Will Ms Siddiq been joined by others?
Watch this space. Updates as available.
Note - Ms Siddiq is one of the class of 2015
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