Former Tory councillor quits the party because he is ashamed of the government

PUBLISHED: 13:09 15 July 2011 | UPDATED: 13:20 15 July 2011

Francis Eniola defected to the Tories in 2009

Francis Eniola defected to the Tories in 2009


Francis Eniola said he is embarrassed by coalltion’s behaviour

A former Tory councillor who defected from Labour has left the Conservative party citing he is ashamed of the Government’s behaviour.

Francis Eniola of Mead Platt, Neasden, left his party colleagues seeing red by crossing the floor in October 2009.

The 70-year-old, who lost his Welsh Harp seat last year, claimed he had joined the Conservative Party because the borough’s Labour group were ignoring black and Asian members.

However, today (Friday) he announced he had left the Tories and hoped to rejoin the Labour Party because he was embarrassed over the actions of the coalition government.

He said: “I feel ashamed and disappointed by the government.

“They promised to look after old people and to ensure they would care for them in their homes and now they are doing the opposite.

“This government does not look after the most vulnerable people especially those who are poor.”

Mr Eniola’s defection came two years after another black Labour councillor also joined the Tories.

Bertha Joseph from the Kensal Green ward quit the Labour Party citing David Cameron was the only person who could change things.

Mr Eniola said: “I made a mistake. I was wrong to leave the Labour Party. I have spoken to my colleagues in the Conservative Party and they respect my decision.”

Cllr Ann John, the leader of Brent Labour Group, vehemently denied Mr Eniola’s accusations of racism.

She claimed Mr Eniola had left because he had been deselected to stand as a Labour candidate in the council elections which took place last year.

In response to Mr Eniola’s announcement she told the Times she was pleased he ‘had come to his senses’.

She added: “If he wants to rejoin the Labour Party he will have to approach us and explain why.”

Cllr Reg Colwill, from the Brent Conservative Group, told the Times he was disappointed by Mr Eniola’s decision.

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