Canterbury district Conservatives have passed a no-confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May “by an overwhelming majority”.
On Wednesday night – just over a week before the elections to Canterbury City Council – the association held a special general meeting at which a series of key motions were moved.
Mrs May is facing a severe backlash from grassroots Conservatives across the country over her leadership – especially over her failure to oversee Britain’s departure from the European Union following the 2016 referendum result.
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Canterbury Conservative Association chairman Greig Baker says the decision to vote on a no-confidence motion was taken “sombrely” and that “an overwhelming majority” of members wanted to see the party’s values upheld.
“We will always try to reduce the burden of the state so people can spend their time and effort on helping their families, communities, and country,” Mr Baker said.
“We support laws that hold people responsible for anti-social behaviour and crimes that damage community life.
“As long as no-one is being hurt, we will also challenge the state’s right to tell people what to do, what to say, and what to think.
“And we will demand that politicians always honour democratic decisions – and that includes delivering Brexit.
“Being a member of the party is about more than delivering leaflets – our local Conservative party is taking the initiative, standing up for true Conservative values and looking to the future.”
Mr Baker added that he wants the local Conservative association to have a say over the choice of candidate for the next general election.
Whichever candidate is chosen will have to try to defeat Rosie Duffield who made history in 2017 when she became the Canterbury and Whitstable constituency’s first ever Labour MP.