FIVE months after leading the Conservatives to an “amazing victory” in the Camden Town and Primrose Hill by-election, candidate Nigel Rumble emails Tory group leader Andrew Mennear to say he has resigned his membership and joined the Labour Party. The message from the George Clooney lookalike, also once of the Liberal Democrats, reads:
With considerable consideration and thought I hereby write to you as leader of Camden Conservative group to inform you that with immediate effect I resign from the Conservative Party.
The reasons are fundamentally based on a breach of trust that I had with Prime Minister David Cameron developed during the pre 2010 and post 2010 Coalition agreements concerning the NHS and specifically the stated pledge from DC which I can bear witness to in Manchester 2009 and 2011 at Conference “the Conservative Party is the party for the NHS”. As a member of both the Imperial College NHS Trust and the Hampstead Royal Free Hospital Trust I can no longer be party to the implementation of the “poorly thought out” NHS Reform Bill and continuing dismantling of the NHS to the private sector.
With this in mind and my absolute pledge at the doorsteps to local residents of both Belsize Park and Camden Town with Primrose Hill wards to support the NHS and always do the right thing. The time has now come for me to do the honourable and the ‘right thing’ which is to divorce my self from both the Conservative and Liberal Democrats Coalition parties.
As of Friday 5th October I have joined the Labour Party as a fully paid up member. I will continue the campaign to save and secure the NHS for this and future generations to come.
CC: Prime Minister David Cameron