Peter Reynolds

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My Resignation From The Conservative Party.

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From: Peter Reynolds
Sent: 31 August 2017 11:20
To: ‘Chris Loder’ <>
Cc: ‘LETWIN, Oliver’ <>; ‘Antony Stanley’ <>
Subject: My resignation from the Conservative Party


Dear Chris,

After the disastrous handling of the EU referendum result, the ludicrous decision to appoint one of the most incompetent and out-of-touch ministers as prime minister and her farcical election performance, I have been wrestling for some time as to whether to renew my membership.  The Conservative Party is now far divorced from its fundamental principles of liberty and small government and Mrs May is an authoritarian bigot stuck in some 1950s delusion of what Britain is today.

Following her ridiculous announcement last night that she intends to stay on as leader I am now tendering my resignation forthwith.  She has no mandate, no respect and in my view is held in utter contempt throughout the country.  It is also self-evident that all other minsters are too weak, cowardly and neurotic about their own jobs to do anything to stop her.

Mrs May failed consistently over six years at the Home Office. She is a Remainer and should never have been permitted to lead the party or the country after the referendum result.  Mrs May and all ministers failed entirely to plan for a leave vote and they have dithered, waffled, dodged and tripped up again and again, achieving absolutely nothing in the period since the result.

Brexit was a huge opportunity for the UK but the Conservative Party has wrecked it and damaged Britain irreparably in the process. If I had my way Mrs May would be led in chains out of Downing Street and placed in stocks in Parliament Square to endure the humiliation she so richly deserves.

I refer you to my article ‘Has There Ever Been A Worse UK Government Than This?’ which has produced the biggest response to anything I have ever written about politics in more than 30 years of journalism.  It well sums up the tragic and diminished state in which she leaves our country.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Reynolds

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 31, 2017 at 10:23 am

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  1. Brilliant letter! Would love to see a response from them, but doubt it. You’re absolutely correct on the Conservative party, what was once a centre-right, libertarian & small government party is now a right wing, authoritarian party for Christian regressives stuck in the 1950s like an episode of ‘last of the summer wine’. Its pathetic and completely out of touch with anyone under the age of 75.

    Rory Hanna

    August 31, 2017 at 10:46 am

    • Well I am 70, a life long Conservative supporter but not anymore, they are not only out of touch with anyone under 75, they are completely out of touch with reality. As for TM, not much to say except she is an outdated, delusional, egotistical woman, not fit to lead dogs walking in the park, let alone a country.

      Jan Chandler

      August 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    • When was the Cons ever center-right and what made them so if they were?

      miss julia blake

      September 1, 2017 at 6:50 am

      • I would venture to say they are stuck in a time warp far earlier than the 1950’s; quite possibly a hint of Victorian times! Have been ever since Cameron won in 2010.


        September 1, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    • You omitted just one more description – sectarian, given the DUP ‘deal’ to keep them in power, and the grovelling of the Scottish party for the ‘Orange’ vote.

      Mike Slessor

      September 2, 2017 at 2:28 am

  2. Well done! Considering how they are treating multiple sclerosis patients many who are cannabis users, I was surprised you joined the very party responsible for such wicked policies, open your eyes to THEIR policies NOT the home office! I look forward to your future blogs.


    August 31, 2017 at 11:11 am

  3. You fail to see that the whole referendum was a farce triggers by a then prime minister unable to control his own party. Fought on the worse grounds.
    One of bigotry and xenophobia the same tactics used by the Nazis in the 20s and 3ps to gain power.
    Having got what you wanted you brexiters have turned this country into a laughing Stock.
    Out economy is already slowing. The pound once strong against the EU now almost on parity and may soon be superseded by the euro.
    Instead of taking responsibility you Tories are now blaming the voter’s.
    I agree with everything your article says except for the fact you actually ever saw the brexit vote as an opportunity rather than the unmitigated disaster it is

    Ramon Graham

    August 31, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    • Hear! Hear!

      David Tebby

      September 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm

  4. In mid July 2017 I watched on BBC Parliament a specially convened debate for the “All Party” Pensions Debate and how – over MANY decades the vulnerable 60’s age women’s group have been neglected and abused by the State. The Pensions Minister (Guy Opperman MP) summed up at the end of the debate and first tried to blame his MP friend’s Blog sitting opposite to him, then he dealt a crushing blow to all the people in the room – the gasps actually drowned the Minister in his speech. He indicated those semi-retired and those retired on small pensions need to start to find a job – when there is very little prospect of anyone securing a job at their age. When the Chairman asked for a vote the NO’s = one voice, the EYE’s = all the chamber except for the one voice. It would seem Guy Opperman is wanting his Government to commit Hara-Kiri?


    August 31, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    • I am one of these waspi women forced to work till 66 when I should have retired in 3 yrs. I have paid my N.i contributions and my tax for the time I could draw my pension and now I cant. Not only that but I am in a job that uses night care rate for the sleeping night ( although this must now be illegal) last night one of the clients was up all night but we have to fight for disturbed nights sleep rate at nmw for although they have a policy for this they invariably refuse to pay it. Hmrc have not been much help as waiting for govt decision on 2nd Oct. I cant find out if this is to do with the actual nmw for sleeping night or for the 6yrs backpay cant get a straight answer so cant fight it at mo. Last week 84 hrs inc sleeping night avg hourly rate….3.33 what a joke!

      sue franks

      September 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      • Women wanted equality with men, but are now complaining because they’ve got it, and won’t be able to retire until they reach the male retirement age. We men should have been complaining for having to work five years longer than women for so many decades.
        I do hate the Tories though!

        Alan B

        September 2, 2017 at 8:09 am

    • That’s what you get for being a self-entitled gender who has had their backside wiped for centuries. Men have had the same forever, now you get a taste of it, you don’t want equality. Women will pay a terrible price for allowing Feminism to con them and use them as a tool to break down western vilification. Just desserts.


      September 9, 2017 at 3:58 pm

  5. Good on you Peter, been there before. I had to leave last January after seeing the truth of whats being done to the NHS. Though I don’t expect you to go as far as I have, now I’m helping momentum unseat Getto Bepp for his equally ridicules 1950’s agenda. Everyone I’ve met there so far has been very pro cannabis and I can’t see pharmaceutical lobbyists getting very far with the modern version of the left now corporate neoliberals (Blairism) is pretty much dead.


    August 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm

  6. Even in resignation, a tory is still a tory…contempt toward someone who doesn’t do what you want them to do, or in May’s case, too inept but it amounts to the same. Tory supporters only turn their backs on the Cons when what they do or don’t do affects them. What about the Cons human rights abuses on the sick and disabled? You still voted for them knowing this? What about the Cons sell off of our NHS? You still voted for them knowing this? What about the Cons selling arms to the Saudis knowing they would be used by terrorists? You still voted for them knowing this? But now they don’t give the Brexit you want to resign?

    miss julia blake

    September 1, 2017 at 6:57 am

    • My sentiments as well. These people still voted to impoverish their fellow Brits – reducing most of us from once proud citizens to debt laden consumers. In fact DEBT is the only industry the Tories actually care about. It makes THEM rich, but everyone else poor and miserable.

      Tim Spencer (@timspencer1)

      September 2, 2017 at 1:19 am

  7. Brilliant. I could never vote Tory again. Not that I did last time. I too resigned but in 2000. I saw where we were heading.

    Add to the above the refusal to engage with WASPU women who are furious at having 6 years worth of pensions stolen from them.

    Hope loads more join you.
    Flick x


    September 1, 2017 at 7:04 am

  8. Fair play, Peter. As someone that left the Labour Party in 2014 because it couldn’t grasp the EU nettle, I know how hard it is to leave a political organisation. However, there comes a point where you have to decide to stand up for the team, or the things the team is supposed to stand for. Respect for sticking to your principles, even if we probably disagree with many things.

    I’ve since rejoined the Labour Party. It’s nice being able to vote for someone and not having to hold your nose.

    Paul Taylor (pap) (@papingu)

    September 1, 2017 at 7:43 am

  9. The CONswervatve party consists of a self serving, greedy bunch of “I’m alright Jacks!” Who are happy to bleed this Country dry whilst lining their own and their cronies pockets whilst they watch the rest of the country drown in the shit they call policies.

    We thought Margaret Snatcher was bad, but Dodgy Dave Cameron set the Brexit ball rolling, then when it didn’t hit the target he was hoping for, he deftly stepped aside and put Theresa Errrr MAY or MAYBE NOT in charge. She has just dithered from one bad decision to another, jumping from one option to another depending on the reaction she gets when it’s aired.

    They have closed down more businesses than any other Government, forcing people to claim benefits and use food banks in order to survive; whilst they waste day after day searching in vain for jobs that no longer exist and end up either on the streets or in low paid jobs that don’t cover the basic cost of living thus forcing them to work stupid hours in order to make ends meet. In the meantime, the CONswervatives continue to sleep through the Parliamentary sessions they manage to attend but still claim inflated expenses for attending.

    They have privatised our public services like the NHS; because they don’t need it, as they can afford to go private; Public Transport, because they can claim expenses for either using their own transport or hiring a cab. The gap between the Have and Have Nots is getting wider by the day as we struggle to pay inflated prices on ever decreasing incomes and live in fear of what this sneaky government are planning to deprive us of next.

    They are reducing us to less than a Third World country whilst the rest of the world considers us to be the laughing stock of the planet.

    Thank you so much for looking after yourselves first, for doubling the country’s national debt in record time and stripping the country of any asset we could use to drag ourselves out of this Hell hole that used to be Great Britain!

    Maggie Hernon

    September 1, 2017 at 10:21 am

    • You should get yourself a job with The Sun or The Daily Mail, Maggie. You’d be a shoe-in for their sort of measured, accurate, balanced journalism. With your snappy made-up words and alliteration they might even make you a headline writer!

      Peter Reynolds

      September 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

      • Nothing unbalanced about the truth !

        Tom Norton

        September 1, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      • Hang on… the Sun and The Mail? Those are the two hard-right rags that actually SUPPORT Theresa May! Fine, Maggie may not be as literate as you are – but surely you can read the anger and desperation in her post? Or is that too much to ask of you?

        Sneering is the one thing the Tories do best eh?

        Tim Spencer (@timspencer1)

        September 2, 2017 at 1:24 am

      • Instead of being rude and insulting it would have been better if you had countered her statements with evidence to the contrary (assuming you have any). You may be able to string together a snappy sentence but insults are the resort of people unable to argue their case. It would appear that no longer being a member of the Conservative Party does not stop you being a Tory and unable to listen to reasoned arguments. S

        Andy Jenkinson

        September 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      • I see nothing reasoned in Maggie’s arguments at all. I met her rude and aggressive rant with the contempt it deserves which is exactly what I think about your insults as well.

        My views on the issues she refers to are clearly set out in other articles on my website. in particular here:

        Peter Reynolds

        September 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      • A lot of people are very passionate and Brexit and/or the tory party, but I think your intentions are good so don’t take it to heart!


        September 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    • Well said. I totally agree with this well written piece.

      Carole Smith

      September 2, 2017 at 12:56 am

    • And if you’d like to experience something even worse (yes, it’s possible), vote Labour… without which we wouldn’t be even needing this discussion or the reason for it.

      Blair’s poison legacy will effect us for generations.


      September 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      • Could you elaborate please? This is not a football match where you shout about the colours of one side or the other. I need to know how a Labour government could possibly be any worse than the politically and economically illiterate self serving low life we have at the moment. I would like to see someone in number 10 who has a bit of integrity, even if I don’t agree with absolutely everything they propose.

        Meg Browning

        September 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

  10. If the conservatives are worried they are going to lose their MP jobs then how on earth do they think those with 0 hours contracts feel? People who can’t put themselves in others shoes and only complain when it effects them should not be allowed to be MPs. I think all MPs should be screened for personality and mental disorders because a lot of the Tory MPs are narcissistic sociopaths.


    September 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

  11. Just ho was brexit a “huge opportunity for the UK” ? Explain please.

    Graham Ward

    September 1, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    • If you haven’t worked that out by now I’m not going to waste my time on teaching you the alphabet and multiplication tables.

      Two words: self-determination, free-trade.

      Peter Reynolds

      September 1, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      • Self determination good enough for England but Scotland is expected to do Westminster’s bidding? Think that sort of hypocrisy is only fit for the wheelie bin.

        But then, what do I know, it’s only my country’s future your now ex party is trying to dictate.

        News, IndyRef2 is coming. With or without your permission. Just check the UN Charter and a Nation’s right to development.


        September 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      • Free trade sounds good to those who don’t really know what it means. But in practice, it’s only better than non-free trade if regulations get in your way. I think we should be more open to the possibility that those who are troubled by regulation might actually be exactly the people who SHOULD be treated by regulation.

        As for self-determination, that’s one for the philosophers. In practice, we aren’t more “self-determining” when we trade with other nations on their terms, rather than ones we shared. Britain does a lot of its trade with the rest of the EU, and after decades of squandering our capacity of influence the terms of that trade, we’ve now just decided not to have any.

        Really, your acknowledgement that the government is ballsing Brexit up horrifically is welcome, because they are. But I’ve not seen much evidence that competence would actually leave us in a much better position in terms of negotiation. The facts wouldn’t change just because we’d be more capable of acknowledging them, and the fact is that we went into this without a plan. That’s not just a failing of Theresa May. That’s a failing of the entire Conservative Party, and if it comes to it, Parliament as a whole.

        The precise nature of Brexit, including a plan for how to do it, should have been spelled out clearly BEFORE the referendum campaign. We should have been in a position to say “Sorry Boris, but that’s not what Brexit is” whenever he went off on one. What we got instead was an unfalsifiable promise of some change of some kind, which people were encouraged to fill in with whatever sounded good to them and then defend to the point of embarrassment to their peers and friends.

        That’s how we got where we are now. Again, as much as I approve of your loathing of Theresa May’s shambolic government, please don’t pretend that any other group of Conservative MPs would be doing a better job with this casserole of nonsense


        September 2, 2017 at 11:08 am

      • More Tory rhetoric Peter You choose not to explain because you really have no answer. There are no opportunities and self determination we have. Immigration was used out of all proportion to inflame a leave vote by people who had no possible conception of what it would involve. The majority thought and still think that we cannot stop people from outside Europe getting into the country because of EU law, which is just totally wrong. For most of them EU immigrants were a very small issue and any of that group can be rejected for many reasons. None EU immigrants also cannot enter the country from Europe as we were never party to the schengen agreement. I fully understand your stance on the Cons, but you haven’t a leg to stand on with regard to your apology for reasons to leave the EU.
        However as a 73 year old hard left supporter, I welcome you away from the disaster you were a member of and recommend you join the biggest political party in Europe, in terms of membership.

        Philip Hodkinson

        September 2, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      • That’s four.


        September 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      • Hear hear.


        September 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    • We had self determination and free trade as part of the EU. There is, as the govt have discovered, no such thing as ‘EU’ law, it is all ‘UK’ law, which is ultimately enforceable in Europe – after passing through our legal system first. More important, and why the Tories really wanted to leave as a party, is the Social Chapter. We already have the weakest employment law in Europe, and the (now) weakest Health and Safety law in the EU zone. We also have, thanks to having no constitution (and no the 1689 constitution does not cover our effective civil liberties any more than that great right wing myth that Magna Carta did), we are at the mercy of govt when it comes to being able to assert our rights in law. As the recent ruling under the EU’s ‘access to justice’ showed, without the EU to protect us, the Conservative govt is happy to ride roughshod over our ability to access the courts and Tribunals.

      You may be wealthy enough to enjoy easy access to the legal World, and to able to enjoy working without the need for protection, but the same is not true, as bitter first hand experience has shown me (through working in HR and govt depts that deal with the public) for the vast majority of people in the UK. Once we are out, the authoritarian nature of this govt will be free to exert itself on the UK public at will.

      Finally, as you should know, the vast majority of the World, Africa, South America, Asia has trade deals through the EU, which we enjoyed the privileges of. These trading biocs are not, and it is pure fantasy to suggest they will, give up lucrative deals with the EU simply to offer the UK deals, when in all honesty, what have we got to offer? Successive right wing govts have reduced our export economy down to a tiny remnant, and the UK now relies too heavily on invisible exports (money) to interest the very places we are now allegedly ‘free’ to trade with.

      Brexit has given us ‘freedom’?

      Good luck with that one…..


      September 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      • … and as a result of that ‘freedom’ we shall next be brown nosing the USA for a trade deal that will be far more damaging to all those hard won safeguards for our food, pharma, employment, health and safety than the TTIP promised to do … and that was damaging enough!


        September 1, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    • It’s obvious. There is a huge opportunity to sell strong and stable T-Shirts to the Chinese. Although given the state of our manufacturing base (thanks for that Tory party) they will probably have to be made in China.

      Tim Spencer (@timspencer1)

      September 2, 2017 at 1:27 am

  12. Join the Labour Party and help Jeremy Corbyn
    Become PM! He is the most honest, honourable politician of our times! He is completely in touch with the people. He would be excellent at negotiating at great deal in the Brexit negotiations!

    Tina Johnston

    September 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    • As soon as I heard jeremy speak ,the terrible attack s hurled at him I knew straight away that this was a man of principle ,he should be in downing street NOW ,A TRUE LEADER

      Lyn ogden

      September 2, 2017 at 9:37 am

      • You’re right! Whenever news paper barons attack anyone in politics, that’s who you should vote for!


        September 2, 2017 at 9:50 am

    • I don’t think Corbyn can negotiate anything that isn’t on offer. Whatever you think of him personally, the fact is, Brexit will put us in a somewhat weaker position for the sake of nebulous ideas about “self-determination” that don’t actually put food on the table. I don’t think there’s a negotiator alive who can change that. When the chips are down, there’s only one kind of Brexit, and that’s the one that 27 other nations allow us to have.


      September 2, 2017 at 11:11 am

  13. Very well worded letter… to the point, honest and no holding back, it’s a good read, cheers!


    September 2, 2017 at 10:38 am

  14. Excellent letter. You should join the SNP — they’re they only party left with any sort of integrity. I’m the same age as you, and I did this very thing last year. It doesn’t matter that you live in England — I live in Seychelles, and that didn’t put me off.

    David Mingay

    September 2, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    • SNP integrity? hahahaha, a load of bulldykes and commy agendists. Hypocritical fools the lot of them. We bailed Scotland out of Bankruptcy many years ago, with the SNP and independence you’ll be bankrupt again quick enough, especially as the EU’s little bitch.


      September 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm

  15. Thank you, Peter! I read your “has there ever been a worse government…” article (which was repeated by a pro-Corbyn website to which I subscribe) and shared it on Facebook. I have felt for a while that both Conservative and Labour parties had lost their moral compass and connection with real people and become puppets of an increasingly corrupt, very small, very rich elite. I recently joined Labour because its leadership has rediscovered social justice as a core theme for any decent society. I shared your article because I agree with everything apart from your idea that Brexit presented an opportunity at any point, and that left wing ideas have no support. With regard to the latter, it seemed to me that you are writing beautifully about a lot of what used to be a social democratic consensus, but has been rebranded as dangerous socialism. It’s increasingly clear from the writing of people like you and Matthew d’Ancona that there is a huge area of agreement between pragmatic, fair-minded people across the political spectrum, and that our politicians and their covert influencers and paymasters are actively obstructing that. I’m really glad, and impressed that you had the intellectual integrity to resign from the Conservative party…I agree that they are certainly the worst bunch in my lifetime (56y) to be in charge of the Country. The real tragedy for us all is that they are in charge right now, and look increasingly certain to turn Brexit from what I feared was a fairly half baked idea into a national catastrophe. Keep shouting. Many, many people agree with you.

    Dr Pete Sudbury

    September 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm

  16. Agree with all of that except the bit about Brexit being an opportunity (for good), which it never was.

    tony p

    September 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm

  17. Oh Mr Reynolds Please.

    How can we have self determination when we can’t fix the electronics on our own fighter planes. Yes they have to go back to uncle sam.

    How can you have self determination and free trade when we have the mother of all skills shortages and all the people who know how to do things are being driven out of the country by the ambience created by the Brexit Faction..

    You have absolutely no specifics about Brexit and cannot reassure us that it will be anything but national self-harm. To parrot self determination and free trade just shows that you have a tenuous grasp of reality and little idea of the likely scenarios that small minded nostalgics have saddled the rest of us with.

    Do you actually run a business? Do you not realise how interrelated supply chains are between ourselves and the EU?. Are you actually responsible for anyone else’s livelihood but your own?

    I congratulate you for leaving the Tory party but it’s a great shame that people such as yourself didn’t seek to prevent them putting party before country by holding this moronic referendum in a failed attempt to keep themselves together. Because as you have so clearly demonstrated ultimately it will fail. And people like you will be held accountable for the damage that has been wreaked.

    I don’t normally get more than mildly irritated but your condescension here in replying to your critics who asked you for specifics about the “benefits” of Brexit has fanned this to the point of effing incandescence.


    September 4, 2017 at 5:11 pm

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  19. Mr Reynolds Sir, your letter is a work of art and a rare slice of truth that we don’t see in the press these days!

    Yvonne Rutherford

    September 5, 2017 at 8:17 am

  20. I am a Tory and I agree with a lot of what you say. The snap election was a disaster and the Presidential style that TM adopted was comical and dangerous. Their policies were not thought out and u-turns took place every hour because no-one understood them.. I believe in small government, low taxes, less Nanny state but more of the individual having control of their own lives but having a safety net provided by the state. The rule of Law, but not the PC police we have at the moment, Zero tolerance on crime from wherever it comes strong economy and strong defence . TM should have resigned immediately after the Election but the choices were fere of who to succeed her.

    Barrie Freeman

    October 9, 2017 at 10:32 am

  21. Hello you were one of them therefore complicit by voting for their policies

    Mary kitt

    November 1, 2017 at 3:08 pm

  22. Change is challenging to manage on any scale. Most of these reactions stem from a lack of adapting. Accept impermanence.

    Jonathan Berry

    November 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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