18 April 2009

Former Labour MP Alice Mahon quits party

Alice Mahon, former Labour MP for Halifax between 1987 to 2005 has resigned her membership of the party stating that "it is not a party I recognise - I have lost faith with it"

Mrs Mahon said it had taken "months of agonising to reach my decision."

She cited that the final straw was the recent scandal surrounding emails sent by Mr Brown's special adviser, Damian McBride, who sent emails proposing unfounded slurs about senior Tories.

Mrs Mahon is also angry at the government's Welfare Reform Bill saying it was "an assault on people with disabilities and the poor" and that it was remarkable it was being inflicted "in the middle of a recession".

"There is bewilderment… that as a government we have not taken on the bankers, who are still doing as they please and taking large bonuses," she said.

"I have reached the conclusion that there is not any avenue left in the structure of the Labour party for people like me. Any threat from anybody marginally from the left and… the party machine comes down on them like a ton of bricks".

During her time in the Commons she was one of Labour's most consistent backbench rebels, opposing the government on a range of issues from cuts in lone parent benefits to National Missile Defence. She is a self-proclaimed socialist with a long record of peace activism and was one of the most vocal critics of the war in Iraq. Mrs Mahon has also spoken on feminist issues, and against curbs on abortion. In addition she is a strong supporter of gay rights and reform of the House of Lords.

Such a loss to the party. 

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