Conservative MP for North East Somerset Jacob Rees Mogg has for over a year been calling for a Tory-UKIP pact. Today’s defection by Conservative MP Dominic Carswell highlights the weak leadership at the heart of the Conservative Party and has raised questions about the future party loyalty of North East Somerset's Tory MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg. National press reports have been quick to speculate that Rees-Mogg could follow suit and defect to UKIP.
Todd Foreman, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for North East Somerset commented:
“A Tory MP defecting to UKIP shows that the message to working people is clear: vote UKIP and you not only get policies that are more extreme than the Tories, you also get the Tories.
“The Tory MP for NE Somerset Jacob Rees Mogg needs to put his money where his mouth is and be honest with the residents of NE Somerset about what he stands for.
“Voters here in 2010 elected Jacob Rees Mogg on a platform of Conservative policies, but for over a year now he has been aligning himself with the extreme policies advocated by UKIP, such as wanting higher taxes for working families, huge giveaways for the rich, scrapping rights at work and charges to see your GP.
“His constituents have a right to know who it is that is representing them, what he believes and on what platform he is standing next year. If North East Somerset voters elect me as their MP at the next election, they know that they will be getting a Labour MP for the duration of the Parliament. Jacob Rees-Mogg needs to state clearly whether he will remain in the Conservative Party for the duration of the next Parliament if he is re-elected.”
“Only a vote for Labour in May 2015 offers a sure alternative for North East Somerset.”
Jacob Reeds Mogg has publicly called for the Conservative Party to align with UKIP
On his views about the position of his Party:
Jacob Rees-Mogg told the BBC "winning back our friends in UKIP" was the Conservative's first priority, but that the two parties had enough similarities to merit a "coupon", or agreement to support each other's candidates in the future.
Conservative MP for North East Somerset Jacob Rees Mogg has for over a year been calling for a Tory-UKIP pact. Today’s defection by Conservative MP Dominic Carswell highlights the weak...