Sunday, 19 April 2009

Veteran Labour MP Quits The Party after 50 years

Alice Mahon, a Halifax MP for 18 years and a Labour Party member for more than half-a-century, has resigned her membership of the party saying she can no longer stomach how it operates. The Veteran says she was “shocked and absolutely scandalised” by Damian McBride’s attempts to smear politicians in the recent email scandal.

She was MP for Halifax between 1987 and 2005, and accused the party of betraying its principles; and said it was on course for election defeat. Ms Mahon said it was a difficult decision to quit the party, but said: “I can no longer be a member of a party that at the leadership level has betrayed many of the values and principles that inspired me as a teenager to join.”

In her letter to the Halifax Constituency Labour Party she criticises the Prime Minister: “This Labour Government should hang its head in shame for inflicting this on the British public just as we face the most severe recession any of us have experienced in a lifetime.”

She doesn't mention Gordons role in bringing about this recession, for which her former colleagues will presumably be grateful. Or the corrupt behaviour of Labour MPs claiming expenses, Mandelsons performances, Public Private Partnership, selling off the Post Office, wrecking pensions and their inability to reduce climate change emissions. Its surprising that they have any supporters left.

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