Christian Wakeford crosses Commons to Labour Party benches
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Mr Wakeford crossed the floor in the Commons on Wednesday, leaving the Tories and joining the Left. Mr Wakeford brutally accused his former ally Boris Johnson of being “incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves” following the Prime Minister’s attendance of a lockdown-flouting party in Downing Street.
But does Mr Wakeford truly believe in supporting Labour? A string of unfortunate tweets has been unearthed by Express.co.uk that seem at odds with his latest decision.
In one dated November 19, 2019, Mr Wakeford speaks out on Labour’s proposal for a four-day working week, saying it would cost the NHS “£6.1billion a year and mean it would have less money than under the Conservatives.” A trial of a four-day week launched in the UK this week.
Again, in November 2019 Mr Wakeford said: “Forget the magic money tree, it’s an entire forest for Labour.”
Another tweet was a video taken from Mr Wakeford’s constituency, saying the local town centre has been “let down by Labour for years.”
Mr Wakeford said on November 28 2019 that “only the Conservatives” can deliver Brexit, because Labour is in a “mess.”
In another tweet dated November 19, 2019, Mr Wakeford claimed Labour cannot be trusted on Brexit.
He said: “Corbyn still refusing to answer which side he will campaign on in his second referendum, just can’t trust Labour with Brexit.”
The MP also backed a no deal Brexit, helped vote through the cut to Universal Credit, consistently voted against further devolution for Scotland and also consistently voted against measures to reduce tax avoidance and against measures to prevent climate change.
In September 2020, he called then Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green “poor.”
He has previously gone on the record about how voters “can’t trust” Starmer with Brexit and that Labour under Starmer “no longer represents working-class communities.”
Mr Wakeford told the PM on Wednesday: “I care passionately about the people of Bury South and I have concluded that the policies of the Conservative government that you lead are doing nothing to help the people of my constituency and indeed are only making the struggles they face on a daily basis worse.
“And whether it goes back to the issues over free school meals and Dominic Cummings, or over Universal Credit and the cost-of-living crisis… the Owen Paterson affair or now ‘partygate’, there has been a lot of… build up to this and a lot of soul searching that’s taken many sleepless nights.”
He added: “This isn’t a matter of just deciding this morning, you know, I want to be a Labour MP – this has been many months in the build up.
This is something that has taken many months to come to, and it’s not been an easy decision, if anything it’s been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make. But I do think it’s the right decision for me, I think it’s the right decision for Bury South.”
But there are numerous tweets from Mr Wakeford in 2019 on the streets of Bury South saying constituents no longer have faith in Labour and how they feel neglected by the Left. He also called out Labour for “scaremongering”.
Patrick Heneghan, Chair of Bury South Labour Party, said: “I welcome the decision of the local MP to quit the failing Conservatives and join the Labour Party.”
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