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  [Derbyshire] Tory councillors refuse to campaign for next month's EU elections
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 19, 2019 12:48pm
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AuthorRajeev Syal
News DateFriday, April 19, 2019 04:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA group of Conservative councillors is refusing to campaign for the party in European elections in a protest against the government’s failure to leave the European Union.

Tories from Derbyshire county council have written to the party’s headquarters saying they will not deliver leaflets or canvass for the party’s candidates next month.

Councillor Barry Lewis, the leader of the council and the group, said he expected other Conservative councillors and activists to follow his group’s example.

It is further evidence of disillusionment and embarrassment among grassroots Tories over Brexit. Polls show the Conservatives have taken a huge hit after failing to take the UK out of the EU on 29 March or 12 April, or to come up with an alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Lewis told the Guardian that every one of 37 councillors in the Tories’ group supported a proposal to boycott the EU election – even though it ran against their individual and collective instincts.
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