Saturday, April 18, 2009

'Sickened' MP Alice Mahon quits Labour - Yorkshire Post

'Sickened' MP Alice Mahon quits Labour - Yorkshire Post

One of Yorkshire's best known Labour members has launched a ferocious attack on the party and Gordon Brown in a withering resignation letter in which she says she feels 'betrayed''.

Alice Mahon, a Halifax MP for 18 years and a party member for more than 50 years, has resigned her membership of the party saying she can no longer stomach how it operates.

In her letter to the Halifax Constituency Labour Party she criticises the Prime Minister saying he has shown zero contrition over privatising public services and failed to tackle the excesses of the bankers.

And she heaps scorn on the Welfare Reform Bill saying: 'This Labour Government should hang its head in shame for inflicting this on the British public just as we face the most severe recession any of us have experienced in a lifetime.''

Mrs Mahon, 71, a trenchant critic of Tony Blair's government, says she had hoped that under Mr Brown's stewardship 'we might go back to being a really progressive and caring party'' but 'in the event I could not have been more wrong''.

Taking this story and the previous one, I think the time is up for Gordon Brown's government.

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