Former Barrow Conservative disbalility campaigner joins Labour
Last updated at 16:22, Thursday, 12 September 2013
A FORMER Conservative councillor who left the party because he did not agree with its policies has become a Labour activist.
Ollie Flitcroft, who served as a Tory councillor in Barrow from 2006 until 2011, said he applied for Labour membership after becoming increasingly disillusioned with the Coalition administration.
The 38-year-old former college lecturer met Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock last week at the Labour headquarters in Hartington Street to discuss his new role as a Labour activist.
Wheelchair user Mr Flitcroft resigned from the Conservative party in 2011 following its changes to the welfare reforms policy, branding them “unfair” and “an attack on disabled people”.
He said: “I have considered joining the Labour party for some time and am delighted that I have now made the decision to work with Labour to ensure a Labour victory at the 2015 general election.
“I believe that the current Coalition government is completely out of touch with the struggles faced by millions of working families across the country.”
Councillor Jack Richardson, leader of the Conservative group on Barrow Borough Council, said Mr Flitcroft had a “personalised” and “business-like point of view” over disability reforms.
He added: “What he’s ignoring is the fact that we are going through a very difficult economic situation which was caused by the Labour party after 13 years in government and we’re now trying to sort it out.
“Three years ago, he claimed to be an active Conservative; supported everything the Conservative party was doing. It’s a conversion on the road to Damascus as far as I’m concerned and for what reason I don’t know.”
Mr Woodcock said: “His decision reflects both his own deeply held commitment to social justice and a wider disillusionment with a failing Conservative party which I think many will share.”
First published at 15:57, Thursday, 12 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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What a turncoat! Never met anyone with a bigger chip on their shoulder- Ill never vote for you whichever party you decide to 'stand' for next...
Why would you want this Individual any where near an Important role in our community, why fast track some one who can be so rude & cutting & lacking in personal skills? I can be outspoken in a tongue cheek way & to play Devils Advocate some times to start a debate? But I am afraid this is a huge mistake & I just hope it wont backfire on some one? The signs are there for all to see. & as for Jack Richardsons remarks blaming the economic situation on a Labour Government,it shows that both Nationally & Locally his party is still living in denial & the past? The country is so tired of these excuses, when most of the Issues of today are borne of the Thatcher years, the exact same reasons that are still holding the UK back in every way, learn the lessons of history but never forget them?