THE FUTURE OF one of the borough’s MEPs is on a knife edge as he faces a ballot for re-selection to be next year’s candidate for the european elections.
This comes after Mr Campbell Bannerman failed to win the support of 60% of constituency chairman
David Campbell Bannerman said: “I fully support the democratic right of constituency chairmen to have a choice on who should have a bye on selection – I was only narrowly below the high threshold required.
“I will be going forward into the full membership ballot and have a strong story to tell, as an active Conservative of 23 years standing and with two thirds of Conservative supporters, like me, wanting to see the UK in a trading relationship with the EU but not as a member of the EU.
“When I returned to the Conservatives from UKIP I did not ask for any special treatment, just to be treated as an ordinary Conservative MEP member. I welcome the chance to have my wider views endorsed by the whole East of England membership.”
Richard Howitt MEP, who has been unanimously re-selected to stand at the top of the Labour list for the 2014 European Elections said:
“This shows the Tories at war with UKIP in the East of England, sticking the knife in to someone they’d so recently welcomed with open arms, despite the fact most of them agree with every word he says.
“Mr Campbell-Bannerman appears to be the carpet-bagger who has had the rug pulled from underneath him.
“The selection of new Labour candidates is well underway, and while the Tories are tearing each other apart, we are building a strong and coherent team in place and are already campaigning on the issues that matter most to local people.”
By failing to win the required support in the meeting of local Conservative Association Chairs, Mr. Campbell-Bannerman must now apply to stand amongst other new candidates, without any guarantee of success and without the reserved places in winnable positions at the top of the candidate list enjoyed by his two colleagues.