The chair of the LibDems’ LGBT equality group has dramatically quit the party after Jo Swinson accepted ex-Tory ‘homophobe’ Philip Lee’s decision to ‘cross the floor’ (video) this afternoon.
“It doesn’t matter if we already have others as bad. You don’t make bad things better by adding more bad things.
“I thought we had a soul and principles. But apparently as long as you are on the right side on brexit we’ll take you.”
Jennie Rigg published a statement on her blog saying that she would not ‘share a party’ with ‘homophobe, xenophobe’ Lee.
Ms Rigg wrote:
I’m feeling devastated. The powers that be have let Philip Lee in.
A homophobe, a xenophobe, and someone who thinks people should be barred from the country if they are ill.
Fuck this so hard.
I thought the Lib Dems were not a single issue party.
I thought we had a soul and principles.
But apparently as long as you are on the right side on brexit we’ll take you.
Well, I’m sorry, but no.
It doesn’t matter if we already have others as bad. You don’t make bad things better by adding more bad things. It doesn’t matter that he will increase our numbers in parliament by ONE. He thinks me and people like me are a lower class of human. I will not share a party with him.
I know you only get to do this once. I know I am ripping up almost my entire social life here. I know I am causing a lot of people a lot of organisational difficulties. And I’m sorry for all that. But there are some principles I will not compromise.
Journalist Jon Stone pointed to Lee’s voting record as evidence that “the LibDems will apparently take anyone”:
Lee’s defection has not only thrown the Tories into chaos – it has exposed the LibDems as the unprincipled opportunists and ‘yellow Tories’ Labour supporters have long considered them.
And now at least one ex-LibDem thinks the same.
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