Brexit casualty: Former Conservative leader says he won’t stand for Tories again

ANDREW Marshall, whose supreme disappointment over the Brexit vote was discussed on these pages yesterday, will not be triggering a by-election in Swiss Cottage, but the former Tory group leader says he will not stand for the council again “as a Conservative candidate”. If this also means he won’t stand as an independent or for any other party, it means Camden will be losing a councillor with a near quarter century of service at the council and a politician who often offers an alternative view from the Tory ranks. He has already said that Boris Johnson is “unfit” to be both the leader of the party – and Prime Minister.

He tweeted today: “After 22 years, I will not seek re-election as a Conservative councillor in 2018. Parts of my party bear great responsibility for this crisis.”

Asked why he wasn’t stepping down immediately, he replied that he could still carry out his local duties until the boroughwide elections. With the technical debate over when and how Article 50 will actually be triggered alive among political hacks, it might be worth underlining here the fact there are almost two years to the Camden polls.

Also on Twitter, Andrew thanked fellow ward councillor Roger Freeman for helping to get the Remain vote out in Swiss Cottage.

Meanwhile, you can’t blame the Lib Dems for trying…

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