Please find here my personal statement regarding my resignation from the Labour Party:
When I joint the Labour Party it was a natural choice for me as a
Social Democrat from Germany. Labour was a proud pro European Movement.
The current Leadership of the Labour Party seems to have forgotten
that. The lukewarm stance to defend the European Nationals by the
Parliamentary Labour Group ( I applaud the Lords on this occasion) made
me feel more and more uncomfortable to be a part of the Labour Party.
When I joined the Labour Party it was a centre-left Party like the German SPD.
Now it has been taken over by left-wingers and the Momentum extremists,
who are working to build an axis with former German Communists “Die
As a German, and you will understand, I can never support
this and never will compromise my stance against any form of
antisemitism. Unfortunately the position of the Labour Party, though
there are strong personalities standing up against antisemitism, seems
to be not really sincere anymore, proven by the lackluster investigation
of Baroness Chakrabarti. I have lost my faith in Labour fighting
Antisemitism and for Europe.
I know, fellow councillors made it
clear that I should ignore these temporary issues and focus on local
politics. But I have to strongly disagree. As a Labour Member in the
public eye I was connected to what the current leadership says and
stands for. This is why I have to walk away from this party. In my two
remaining years as independent councillor I shall focus on my local
support and activities in my ward. Some of you will state that I should
resign as a Councillor. I disagree on this as not only Labour supporters
voted for me but a lot of local residents with diverse political
opinions. I shall honour my obligations to them. I was elected to
support a Labour Administration.
Where agreed I shall support the
current administration under Warren Morgan’s leadership. As we know
from the Budget debate the Greens are politically reliable unreliable
and the Tories are… well the Tories.
Of course there was already
the usual political procedure. GMB, Unite and Corbyn supporters as well
as Tories and Greens demanded my complete resignation. Sorry to
disappoint you. This city has a stable and reliable administration. I
will not support any change to that. Brighton and Hove deserves better
than blind ideology from the very Corbynite/Green left or the Bombastic
Boris Mayhem right.
I can’t express my gratitude for so many
messages of support: members of the Jewish community and other faith
groups, members of different political parties, fellow councillors from
all over the country.
Now what’s next: I finally can speak free
on what annoyed me most as resident in my ward and elsewhere: The abuse
of the HMO system, the chaos on Lewes road,my neighbourhood, a lot of
other local issues and my never ending support for members of the
British Armed Forces, Veterans, their families and carers.