Retiring Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, has called on Redcar and Cleveland Councillor Steve Turner, former organiser for UKIP in the North East, to stand down and fight a new council election, now that he has defected to the Tory Party.
Tom said today:
Steve Turner is sailing under false colours now. He was elected as UKIP but now seems happy to represent his constituents as a Tory. This is wrong. They had a Tory choice at the last local election – a choice they rejected.
UKIP made a virtue of their two former MPs, who defected the other way, standing down and fighting under their new banner. The same applies here. Steve Turner should do the decent thing and resign now.