UKIP slammed for "utterly absurd" Labour pact

UKIP's local coalition with Labour and the Lib Dems has attracted stark condemnation from conservative activists

by The Commentator on 24 May 2013 12:24


A coalition of Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP councillors, with support from the Greens and independents, has been established to run Norfolk County Council following results that left the area in no overall control. 

Labour, the Lib Dems, UKIP and one Independent have voted to rule jointly and restore a formal committee system, with Labour leader George Nobbs agreeing to head the council for one year while the current cabinet system is replaced.

The May 2nd elections led to a majority of votes being cast in favour of UKIP, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, Independent and other parties' candidates.

Labour, the Lib Dems and UKIP all argue that a committee system would be more democratic and prevent important decisions.

The news follows central Labour party policy that claimed "Any Labour candidate who tried to stand on a joint ticket with UKIP would be auto-excluded from the Labour Party – it’s as simple as that.” The policy evidently does not extend to council coalitions, thought the hypocrisy of the move has been highlighted by activists. Labour has yet to respond to The Commentator's questions on the matter.

A high-profile UKIP source was also down on the move, telling The Commentator, "It is utterly absurd to see UKIP joined with the Greens and Lib Dems, with whom we disagree on practically everything. However, although many Conservatives will see this as an intentional dig at small 'c' conservatism, it's worth considering just how far the modern Conservative Party have moved from their conservative roots and that around a third of UKIP voters are former Labour supporters. 

"The Tories lost control of Norfolk County Council for a reason; this might be an unholy alliance but clearly the Tories couldn't hold their own support and Norfolk wants a change. UKIP is happy to be a part of that."

Conservative activist and Chairman of the Tory youth wing 'Conservative Future' Oliver Cooper told us, "UKIP has fooled people that have trusted it with their vote by betraying the values it claimed to stand for. The party has revealed itself as simply an 'anti-Conservative' party rather than standing for anything itself."

"They could have done something about tax cuts and gramamr schools, but instead they've thrown their lot in with Labour and the Greens - what does that say about them?"

Members are expected to form a full cabinet by early next week with Mr Nobbs as transitional leader to oversee the implementation of the new committee system.

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