Breaking news in today’s Evening Standard. George Osborne has splashed on the revelation that Peter Stringfellow – the nightclub owner – has ditched the Conservatives in protest over its stance on Brexit. Stringfellow – who often attends the Tories’ black and white ball – says he is quitting the Tories ‘unless they change their direction and lead us towards Remain’.
Today’s @EveningStandard exclusive: Peter Stringfellow quits Tories over Brexit as @SadiqKhan warns of job threat & May unveils plastic ban as former aide denounced as “tone-deaf Rasputin” + @RuthDavidsonMSP writes powerfully on equal pay and 100 yrs of female suffrage pic.twitter.com/JwlT8DBfjp
— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) January 11, 2018
So, which party will he defect to? Well, judging by his previous comments, the party he favours next after the Conservatives is… Ukip. Yes, in 2012, Stringfellow warned he could defect to Ukip:
‘This is the first time I have not supported the Conservative Party in 32 years of being in London. I’m taking a serious view of supporting Ukip in the future.’
Then in 2015, after Nigel Farage resigned, Stringfellow asked the former Ukip leader to ‘please reconsider’ as he was ‘needed in the new political arena’.
Did no-one bother to tell Stringfellow of Ukip’s flagship policy?