Sam Collins, local Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, slams Conservative MP for “blowing with the wind” and vows to be an independent-minded MP for Hitchin & Harpenden
The local Liberal Democrats have demanded the Conservative MP for Hitchin & Harpenden no longer props up Boris Johnson’s Government in Parliament by resigning their Conservative whip.
Bim Afolami remains a Conservative Party MP and therefore will continue to vote for Boris Johnson’s legislation in the House of Commons.
A recent independent poll carried out by YouGov found the Liberal Democrats would win Hitchin & Harpenden if an election was held tomorrow.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Hitchin & Harpenden, Sam Collins, said:
“It has been shameful to see this area’s Conservative MP serve loyally alongside Boris Johnson through years of scandals and lies. As Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party, he has defended Boris Johnson day-in, day-out, and backed the Prime Minister in last month’s confidence vote.
“Through Covid care home disasters, the partygate scandal, unfair tax hikes and lies upon lies from Number 10, Hitchin & Harpenden’s Conservative MP has stood alongside Boris Johnson as a loyal supporter – but has chosen to go now out of naked self-interest. He is clearly just blowing in the wind.
“Hitchin & Harpenden deserves a local, independent-minded MP who doesn’t just think about saving their own skin, and actually puts the needs of local people first.
“Bim Afolami is guilty by association by remaining as a Conservative MP, and if he really cared about Hitchin & Harpenden, he would resign to sit as an independent. Every day he remains a Conservative MP is another day he props up Boris Johnson by voting through his out-of-touch policies in Parliament.
“At the next election, it will be up to the people of Hitchin & Harpenden to get rid of Boris Johnson to restore integrity and decency in our politics. It’s a two-horse race here between Boris Johnson’s Conservative MP and the local Liberal Democrats.”