UKIP’s North Warwickshire Candidate William Cash Junior has quit the party and confirms his main aim in standing for Parliament was to win the seat for the Tories.
In announcing his resignation from UKIP William Cash, who is a former member of the Conservative Party and the son of the Staffordshire Conservative MP Sir Bill Cash has admitted that his aim in North Warwickshire was to convince traditional Labour voters to vote UKIP so that Labour’s Mike O’Brien was denied the seat.
Mr Cash, who lives in Shropshire and has told his local newspaper ‘The Shropshire Star’ that, “I was proud to have won enough Labour votes in North Warwickshire – over 8,000 – to ensure that the Tories won the seat when it was the number one target gain seat for Labour.
“It was Tory wins in such critical West Midlands marginal’s helped secure the Tory majority at the election of 2015 which ensured we had the referendum vote.”
William Cash has now denounced UKIP as a far right party. Mr Cash told the newspaper, “I fear that it may be heading in an Enoch Powellian ‘far right’ direction.”
“I don’t think UKIP has clothed itself in glory with the leadership election, I think to outsiders it looks like a typical UKIP shambles.”
The increase in the UKIP vote coincided with a fall in the Labour vote. Labour in North Warwickshire had warned people in 2015 that the UKIP candidate was playing games. The leaflets Mr Cash put out only attacked Labour. He made it clear that his only aim was to stop Labour.
Mike O’Brien said, ”This is no surprise. William Cash claimed to have defected from the Tories to UKIP. He always seemed a Tory to me. In 2015 he conned some former Labour voters into voting UKIP over immigration in order to allow the Tories to win here. The truth is that local people were conned by him and by UKIP.”