Christian Wakeford says voters in Bury have been ‘severely disappointed by a Labor council’
A congressman has defected from Conservatives arrive Labor The party has previously criticized the party nationally, as well as the local Labor party due to its Council in his constituency, while campaigning in the last general election.
Christian Wakeford has posted many critical comments on social media about the local Labor Council’s “neglect” of Bury’s town, but the council’s deputy leader has described him as “a politician on duty”.
Summary: 5 main points
- Christian Wakeford, MP for Bury South, became the first Conservative MP to cross the Floor and join Labor since 2007, despite being highly critical of the party and its performance in his constituency at the last election.
- Before and during the 2019 general election campaign, Wakeford criticized Bury council, which often uses the hashtag “#LabourNeglect” and said voters were “severely disappointed by a Labor panel in the many years”
- But labor councilor and deputy councilor Andrea Simpson told NationalWorld that Wakeford was a “man of integrity” who had been “very supportive”
- A senior Labor source in Bury told NationalWorld that whoever was there first heard of the defection was when it was announced in the news, but spoke positively about Wakeford and said he was “very welcome”
- The source said that a defection by neighboring Conservative MP James Daly, who holds the radical Bury North, was “very unlikely”.
What was said?
In August 2019, Christian Wakeford tweeted a photo of local Conservative activists campaigning, with the caption “Great to see the group tackled the years of Labor neglect”.
In a tweet at the same time, Wakeford said many “lifelong Labor Party supporters” were turning to the Conservatives in an upcoming council election “after years of #LabourNeglect”.
And in November 2019, he tweeted: “One of my main priorities is to #reinvent our Town Centers and Highways. They have been badly frustrated by a Labor Council for many years. The Conservatives are investing more in our towns to bring empty stores back to life and increase visitor traffic.”
Speaking to NationalWorld, Andrea Simpson, First Deputy Leader of the Bury Council, said: “I have always found Christian to be a man of integrity and able to speak for himself.
“I’ve done a lot with him on the council’s response to Covid and he’s been very supportive.
“He clearly understands how the Tories have lost touch with ordinary people. Ordinary people follow the rules, unlike the people who make them. Quite rightly, a lot of voters are outraged at Boris Johnson and his antics and the corruption with Covid spending, the fraudulent contracts with jar sponsors.
“I think any decent MP with a bit of integrity would question their role in the current Government.”
A senior Labor source in Bury told NationalWorld they were “just as surprised as you” to hear of Wakeford’s defection.
The source said Wakeford has always been productive and works well with the council, “unlike his colleagues in Bury North”.
https://www.nationalworld.com/news/politics/labour-councillors-welcome-christian-wakeford-mp-who-criticised-labour-council-neglect-as-a-conservative-3535030 Labor councilors applauded MP Christian Wakeford, who has criticized the ‘negligence of the labor council’ as a Conservative.