Labour slams Westminster Tories for auctioning off Article 50 bill at fundraising dinner

Screen_Shot_2017-02-05_at_11.04.32.pngA copy of the Article 50 bill signed by Theresa May - obtained by a Westminster Tory Councillor - is being used to raise money for the Tories.

According to The Guardian, Westminster councillor Paul Church donated the "rather special auction prize" for the fundraising Regent's Dinner - tickets for which cost between £85 and £500 per head - organised by Cities of London & Westminster Conservative Association.

Patrick Lilley and Pancho Lewis from our West End Labour action team, said auctioning the bill made "a mockery of democracy".

"It’s totally outrageous that the Tories are using government papers for party political purposes. There’s no defence for this – the office of government is there to serve the public, not to further rightwing Tory political agendas."

And Home Secretary Amber Rudd - who will be guest of honour at the fundraising dinner - is like a "modern-day Marie Antoinette," added Lilley.

"Instead of enjoying silver service with Westminster’s champagne-swigging local Tories in the West End, Amber Rudd should be sorting out her department, [which] is in permanent crisis," he said. 

"It could take 140 years to register all 3 million EU citizens in Britain [at current rates of processing] after Brexit. Instead, our home secretary is like some modern-day Marie Antoinette who will catch a glimpse of the hundreds of poverty-stricken homeless on the streets of the West End as she dashes from her limousine to meet her £500-a-ticket VIP guests."

Councillor Paul Church is yet to respond.

Read the full Guardian article here.


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