Friday, May 26, 2006

Liam Fox Dodges the Roger Helmer Question

ConservativeHome has an interview with Liam Fox. The questions came from ConservativeHome readers, and there was one in particualr which caught my eye

Andrew Woodman: Do you believe the withdrawing of the Conservative whip in the European parliament from Roger Helmer was unfair and unjust, and was there any more you could have done as Shadow Foreign Secretary to stop and reverse the decision?

Liam Fox: The question of the Whip in the European Parliament is not a matter for the Party in Westminster.

What a cop-out. I'd have expected better from Dr Fox. Surely by that logic, our membership or not of the EPP is also not a matter for the Party in Westminster? Let's at least have a bit of consistency.


Anonymous said...

Anyone who hasn't should join the Roger Helmer campaign:

Anonymous said...

That reminds me - when is Cameron going to fulfil his pledge to get us out of the EPP - surely then the Roger Helmer question becomes moribund?

Sabretache said...

david kendrick: "None of this matters.."

The treatment of Roger Helmer matters; as does CCHQ dodging the issue. Frankly I expected better of Liam Fox.

It's the subject of my first blogging post

Thought I'd give it a go - blogging that is :-))

Anonymous said...

David Kendrick:

...and the issue is certainly not "free" for him - it is one that needs to be handled with great care.

Just wait - as soon as the issue is tackled, Cameron-knockers will be out in droves to pronounce how cynical and terible it is that he should make political capital with his son.

Incidentally, DC used to write a column in the Grauniad. I don't know what happened to this particular amendment, nor indeed what the fate of baby bonds has been (sadly, it's not something I've been able to take advantage of), but this particular entry circa 2004 has stuck in my mind for a long time.,,1126342,00.html

Anonymous said...

A very disappointing dodge by Dr Fox I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

Dr Fox is in a slightly awkward position as it was he who made all candidates in the 2004 Euroepan elections sign a commitment to join the EPP-ED Group