This blog was instigated indirectly from the fallout culminating in David Laws resignation of his Ministry post (was that only a week ago?).
Kevin Davis the Conservative Candidate at the recent General Election posted that he felt sorry and angry with David Laws.
This led me to wonder how a Conservative, or Liberal Democrat, could hold a fellow local politician to count, when both are in the same “party” under a coalition.
The event with David Laws has happened so early in the coalition, no doubt it is the first example but surely not the last.
I should state at this point that I am firmly against a merger of the two parties.
In National Government the two parties are obviously working together, does that feed down to local level?
Personally I think it should, although I do own that there should be healthy competition. As in my local constituency where the two main parties are Liberal Democrats and Conservatives, for instance. To this end, I guess it is right that Kevin Davis should comment on David Laws situation (even if I don’t agree with his view), albeit a different view, one suspects from the PM and his party leader, David Cameron.
With our parliamentary and local government structure, I guess there are different levels of co-operation. Councils are still going to keep their own political identities and battle as they always have. As previously stated I believe that the parties should maintain their own identities and not merge.
How then does that morph into national politics, can a local Conservative Party refuse to support a Liberal Democrat MP, or vice versa? If they do, will they be criticised by Westminster?
This would, I suppose, whether the topic in hand is National or Local.
Obviously in five years time the respective parties will fight for the seats with their own manifestos, but until that time under the “Big Society” banner, “we are in this together” to coin a phrase or two.
If a constituency had a Labour MP that would change the concept, Conservatives and LibDems could conceivably join forces against them, although I doubt in practice this would happen, they would probably follow their own arguments, especially at a local level.
In the case of David Laws it has to be a balancing act for the local Conservative Party to follow the National line, but still comment on a local level. To date Kevin Davis appears to have done this with integrity and answered in the most part that it is David Laws who should make any decision on his future, which is obviously right. I guess this also bring in the question of Recall, but for me that is a discussion for another day, especially with others re-elected to government with far worse expenses records, although to quote David Laws “In a way, this is not an expenses story, although it has come across as that,”. There is no justification for Recall, even if it was available.
I think the relationships with Coalition parties at a local level will be interesting and worth watching in the future months and years.
Having listened to and read reports such as this weeks Western Gazette I still continue to support David Laws as Yeovil MP.