Friday, 12 March 2010
Edward McMillan-Scott, MEP for Yorkshire and and the Humber and the longest-serving Conservative MEP in Europe, has today joined the Liberal Democrats. McMillan-Scott, a former leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, has a proud record of achievement in the European Parliament and has taken a sensible stance on the Tories' foolish decision to leave the European People's Party and align itself with politicians like Michal Kaminski, whose politics are, frankly, embarrassing.
The Tories have detached themselves from the sensible elements of Europe's Centre-Right, including the leaders of both France and Germany, and attached themselves to politicians with whom you would not wish to be associated.
McMillan-Scott said, "My reasons for joining the Liberal Democrats are that, in Nick Clegg, they have a leader who I like, admire and respect. They are internationalists, not nationalists. They are committed to politics based the values of fairness and change."
Ken Clarke apart, who is left in the Conservative Party, with a sensible and positive view about Europe?