Last night’s Newsnight scoop was bizarre for many reasons, not least their revelations that the UKIP Commonwealth Spokesman had been jailed for seven years. Mujeeb ur Rehman Bhutto was the leader of a gang who kidnapped the son of a wealthy businessman at gunpoint in Karachi in June 2004. The establishment’s favourite new mantra was wheeled out and lots of noise made about the make up of UKIP membership. Except someone didn’t do their homework, fully…
As these emails, just revealed by the Daily Politics, indicate, Bhutto is a member of the Conservative Party:
From: “David Cameron”
Date: 30 January 2014 12:44:35 GMT
Subject: Thank you for becoming a Member
Dear Mr Bhutto,
Firstly, let me offer you a very warm welcome to the Conservatives.
I’m delighted you have taken the decision to help us turn Britain around by becoming a Member of the Party. Your membership card will be posted out to you shortly (within the next month).
As a Member, you have a vital role to play. The Conservative-led Government has many challenges ahead before – and including – the next set of elections, but with your help we can continue to make the case for Conservative values.
The more who join us, the more we can achieve – so please email everyone you know who would be interested in becoming a Member of the Conservatives. Together, we can build a better future for Britain.
Thanks in advance for all your help,
This is being blamed on an automated online application. Which cannot be said for Leeds Conservatives following up the email from Dave to further welcome Mr Bhutto back into Tory arms:
From: “Robert Winfield”
Date: 30 January 2014 23:59:38 GMT
Subject: Leeds Central Conservatives
I am just dropping you a brief e mail to say that I was delighted to learn that you have rejoined the Conservative Party. I hope to speak to you soon but unfortunately I am just getting over flu.
I assume this means that you have severed your connections with UKIP.
This is not the first time that UKIP have got into trouble with Tory friends. No one noticed the gay floods chap when he was a Conservative councillor, and the member accused by the Mail on Sunday of being in the National Front was actually a Tory when she made the incendiary comments. And let’s not forget Roger Helmer. As Farage said the other day, “if you accept defectors from the Conservative Party you will always have embarrassments.”
UPDATE: Shapps was just confronted with these emails on the Daily Politics, it seems the Tories had spotted the issue here. Though it seems no one told Leeds…
UPDATE II: Poor Bhutto has been booted out already. Tories say:
“Bhutto is not a member. He applied, got the normal follow ups, and we reserve the right to refuse and have done that.”
Normal follow ups including a personalised welcome thanking them for re-joining? Glad that’s all cleared up then…