Ex Tory childrens minister and MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton has been notified of his removal as patron to the charity Coastal West Sussex MIND along with three other Local Tory MP’s.
Katie Glover the CEO of the charity had assured campaigners the matter would be discussed at the next board meeting. According to a statement released today that meeting took place on 30th March and the board decided to end their ties with Tim Loughton and the other Tory MP’s
This comes off the back of several other high profile Tory MP’s who have also been removed as Patrons to their respective charities including London Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith.
The move to oust Tim Loughton was started by a local resident via a petition which gained over 3,000 signatures in just a few days. Other MP’s are being targeted by a campaign through DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts).
The statement from MIND appears to suggest the role as Patron was being looked into as far back as 2014 and thanks Loughton for his service.
However this would appear on the face of it to be an attempt to smooth any choppy waters. There is little doubt to the casual observer that this is yet another scalp for campaigners aiming to highlight the incompatibility of some Tory MP’s representing certain charities the users of which often rely on the very benefits that the Conservatives want to cut.
Tim Loughton has come under fire from locals recently for various infractions as highlighted in a previous post here. The page Tim Loughton Exposed is campaigning for locals to remove Loughton as MP. Traditionally the seat is considered a safe Tory seat.
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