Just a few days after the (re)launch of the NI Conservatives a leading member of the local Party has resigned. John Lund has forwarded me a copy of his resignation letter sent to the local Conservative leadership, copied to Emma Pidding, Chairman of the National Convention of the Conservative Party.
In his letter John makes clear that he fails to understand the new NI Conservatives grouping and questions the constitutional basis of it – in the absence of any membership vote to dissolve the existing Conservatives in NI. He also hints that the NIO may attempt to exert undue influence on the NI Conservatives. Indeed he suggests that the NIO is likely to suppress the development of the local Party.
John Lund was actively involved in the attempts to create a new centre-right grouping – drawing members from both the UUP and Conservatives. Indeed the move was publicised on the Conservative NI site in December. Now it appears that irreconcilable differences have caused John to resign.
This does not augur well for the future of the new, supposedly revamped, local Conservatives.