Tory Police Commissioner Candidate Refuses to Join Party

The Conservative Party Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Cambridgeshire has a secret: he is not a member of the Conservative Party. John Pye is running on a Tory ticket despite the fact that he is not a member of the party, and is crucially is still refusing to join. That’s despite him describing himself as a Conservative with a capital ‘C’ in a letter he sent to voters:

Sources in Cambridge have confirmed that Pye effectively admitted to not being a member when he was required to declare his interests two weeks ago, and despite the best efforts of local Conservatives he is determined not to carry the party card. Guido was aware that the Tories were having problems with their membership numbers, but running a fake candidate is something else…




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“Vince — and Tim before him — have repeatedly, publicly said Rennard is not welcome anywhere near their frontbench team, even as an adviser. I remain deeply frustrated that he was not expelled from the party through its disciplinary process. It just feels wrong, and I do not want Lord Rennard to continue as a member of the party. As far as I am concerned, he is not welcome.”

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