The Chairman of York Tories, Ralph Buckle, was today suspended from the national Conservative Party after an article written for Nouse advised students to vote for UKIP over the Conservative Party.
The article, published May 12, advised students to vote for UKIP in the upcoming European elections. In the article he argued on behalf of both the Conservatives and UKIP before stating that “as you may have guessed I favour the latter and would encourage you to do the same.”
Buckle was today suspended from the national Conservative Party with, he says, the intention of “expelling [him] in the near future.” Following this decision he met with leading members of the York Tories, where the decision was made that he should resign and not seek renomination. Buckle reportedly met each committee member in a private room and asked for their personal advice before reaching this decision.
According to one senior member of the York Tories Buckle was “pretty much told by everyone” that a “David Davis style reelection was simply not an option.” According to York Tories Press Secretary Felix Bungay the decision to step down was “entirely Ralph’s own.”
Buckle’s leadership has been questioned by some members of the society recently, with a senior member of the committee commenting that “Ralph has never been a strong leader, he is no Thatcher or Blair.” Another member commented that he was “never sure and never on the ball.”
Following Buckle’s resignation an EGM will be held on Thursday to elect an interim Chair for the society. In a message to members Buckle commented that his position is “no longer tenable” and he would like to “thank people for their messages of support.”