It was to my surprise and pleasure to read over the weekend of the defection of a St Austell town councillor from the Liberal Democrats to Mebyon Kernow. Derek Collins explained his decison to 'cross the floor':
"I can no longer, in all conscience, remain a member of the Liberal Democrats."
He goes on to explain how he feels that the Cornish Lib Dems have betrayed election promises and quite understandably feels upset that campaigning against the Conservatives at the election has led to a Tory-led coalition. Obviously a man of principle he explains:
“The decision taken by MPs to back a Conservative Government and implement
Tory policies was a bitter pill which I could not swallow.
I, like many people, felt very let down. I did not campaign for a Tory Government and
I am angry to see the Lib Dem MPs go back on their election pledges on everything from
public spending to policing, the NHS, tuition fees and so much more."
“I have made numerous representations to the MP and senior Lib Dems in the local area.
Promises were repeatedly made about fighting for the policies that were
actually presented at the General Election – but nothing has changed."
On joining Mebyon Kernow he explains.
“I have therefore tendered my resignation from the Lib Dems
and I have joined Mebyon Kernow, which I believe is standing up for Cornwall
and rightly opposing the excesses of the Coalition Government.”
It is a compliment to Mebyon Kernow that Derek has joined us. MK is a party of principle, we do as we say and say as we do, this is why I am sure Derek will fit in nicely.
Quotes taken from Dick Cole's blog http://mebyonkernow.blogspot.com