A UKIP defection raises the profile of the ECR Group

Today it was announced that David Campbell-Bannerman, elected in 2009 as a UKIP MEP, has decided to cross the floor and join the Conservative Party, and the ECR (European Conservatives) Group in the parliament.  I am delighted at the news.  I have known him for some time, and always regarded him as a very sound and capable chap.  Although joining the Party and recognising that Party policy is in favour of remaining in the EU, David, like me, remains convinced that Britain would be Better Off Out.

David was previously a Conservative, having been Chairman of the Bow Group.  So he is, in a sense, coming home after a temporary sojourn with UKIP.  Oh, and before you ask, he has not been offered a free ride on re-selection, or a seat in the Lords, or any other incentive, in exchange for making his move.  He just thought it was the right thing to do.

David and I were both on last week’s trip to Taiwan (see my blog piece below, and photo album http://www.rogerhelmer.com/taiwanphotoalbum.asp).

David’s decision has important implications for the ECR group and its position in the parliament.  the pecking order of groups, which matters for things like appointment of committee chairmanships and allocation of reports, is determined purely by numbers.  Since Anna Rosbach joined us a few weeks ago, we have been level pegging with the Greens, at fourth equal, after the EPP, the socialists and the liberals.  Now, we’re fourth and the Greens are fifth.  They’re hopping mad.

So welcome David.  Great to have you on board.

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4 Responses to A UKIP defection raises the profile of the ECR Group

  1. Lucie Jones says:

    Comment not published as not on the topic of this blogpost.

  2. Banner Boy says:

    And you can keep him, Roger. He’s all yours. He fits in perfectly, given so many two-faced careerist Tory MEPs.

  3. Sean O'Hare says:

    Guido’s post <a href="http://order-order.com/2011/05/24/made-in-tawain/&quot;.http://order-order.com/2011/05/24/made-in-tawain/ has an image of a signed pledge by DCB that he would stand down as an MEP if he left UKIP before the end of the 5 year term. If he reneges on that then he will be living up to Conservatives principles as demonstrated by all but 47 MPs today.

  4. alexei says:

    Yet another politician whose constituents have been let down.

    Being convinced that “Britain would be Better Off Out” but leaving a party committed to that aim and joining another one that has miserably failed not only to get Britain out but has colluded for years with their ‘ever closer union’ and hand-over of ever more sovereignty, doesn’t cut it I’ m afraid. It’s become abundantly clear that even the few publicly-avowed Eurosceptic Tories can be seen to have no sway whatsoever on Their Leader and his gang but they serve the useful purpose of garnering that hopeful but naive portion of votes that continue to hope for a miracle.

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