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No reason as MP quits Tory event, say organisers
12:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
WANTAGE MP Ed Vaizey has reportedly pulled out of a speaking engagement at an alternative Conservative conference this week.
The Culture Secretary, along with Home Secretary Theresa May and Education Secretary Michael Gove, told organisers he could not attend.
But the organisers of the Conservative Renewal Conference said none of the ministers gave reasons for withdrawing from the event. The alternative conference is organised by grass roots Conservative members and will take place in Windsor, West Berkshire on Saturday.
In a letter to delegates, Phil Sage, Richard Hyslop and George Bathurst, the conference’s co-founders, blamed a “last-minute concerted effort by the party leadership to discourage people from speaking at our conference”.
They added: “This is a great shame as last year there was no criticism at all of the leadership as we focused on debating the issues, exactly as we promised.”
Robert McLean, chairman of the Windsor Conservative Association, which hosts the event, said: “WCA hopes that this year’s conference will be as successful as last year’s.
“It would be a shame if government ministers were unable to attend and contribute to this debate.”