Sam Collins says Bim Afolami is “guilty by association” by not resigning Conservative whip in Parliament

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.”

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