Bow Group chief accused of ‘shaming’ historic Tory think tank

Divisive Bow Group Chairman Ben Harris-Quinney has been heavily criticised for lending his support to UKIP in several key seats at the general election.

by the commentator on 4 May 2015 18:00


Bow Group chief Ben Harris-Quinney has caused outrage ahead of the General Election, by calling for Tories to vote for UKIP in key target seats. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the controversial politician cited Clacton and Rochester and Strood as seats where Conservative voters should lend their support to UKIP candidates on polling day.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage welcomed Harris-Quinney’s intervention telling the paper, “Today’s news goes to the heart of what is going on in British politics, and reveals the truth that to keep Mr Miliband out of Number 10, people must vote UKIP.”

Harris Quinney has been Chairman of The Bow Group since 2011 and encountered controversy after leaked hustings footage appeared to show a member of the group being ‘manhandled’ out of the building. Last summer the group’s long-term supporter John Major quit the organisation.

Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Parliament Street think tank said, “Ben Harris-Quinney has once again brought shame on the Bow Group and made a mockery of the thousands of loyal members who pay membership fees to this once prestigious think tank.

Harris-Quinney has turned The Bow Group into a laughing stock, losing the backing of John Major and squatting as Chairman for the last four years despite not even being a member of the Conservative Party.

It’s time for Harris-Quinney to get on with it and defect, everyone knows how close he is to Nigel Farage so what is he waiting for?”

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