It is the party which has changed

PUBLISHED: 08:45 19 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:28 24 May 2010

THERE is no reason why an elected representative at any level of government should resign just because he or she has changed party allegiance

THERE is no reason why an elected representative at any level of government should resign just because he or she has changed party allegiance. In this country we, theoretically, elect the representative as an individual on his or her merits, not by party list. Very often it is the party which has changed.Before my work took me abroad I worked long, hard and reasonably successfully for the Liberal Party at all levels from ward to national party council. Naturally upon my return I promptly joined the local branch of the Liberal Democrats. I soon learned that many of the Liberals whom I had known were no longer members of the party. I also soon found a reason other than age or infirmity. I came to the conclusion that the party of today is neither liberal nor democratic and so am no longer a member.It is not I who has changed, it is the party. However, had I been elected when I was a candidate I would not have changed party but would have stuck to my principles and fought the party from within. I know that I would have had considerable support from other members.KENNETH F TUCKER - Milton Road, Weston

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