For as long as I can remember I have been a Brexiteer.
I joined the Conservative Party shortly before the European Parliament Elections in 2009. One of the first politicians that I met was the fabulous Miss Emma McClarkin MEP. I met Emma at a European Hustings at the University of Derby. I was in a lift with a fellow activist; Emma and our local PPC Stephen Mold.
I went on to work with Emma quite closely from that moment on and asked Emma to become Honorary president of East Midlands CF whilst I was Regional Chairman.
Emma taught me just how undemocratic the EU was. She demonstrated over time how federalised they were becoming and that was not a place that I wanted to be.
During the referendum campaign I told people that Emma, along with Andrew Lewer MBE MEP was the person I trusted more than anyone on Europe. If Emma and Andrew wanted to leave then that was good enough for me.
Anyway back to the point.
As eurosceptic as I have always been, we Torys have a habit of putting the national interest before our own and so at #cpc15 in Manchester I gave an interview in which I said that I would wait for the outcome of the negotiations.
Even Miss McClarkin said that we needed reform and as such if we got reform we should stick with it.
I truly believe that all of us would have supported credible reform but the truth is that the #Brexit negotiation terms that Stephen Crabb announced in his leadership bid last week were the reforms that David Cameron should have been fighting for prior to the referendum.
Now I’ve been fairly vocal in my support for Andrea Leadsom to become leader and ultimately Prime Minister.
Andrea is a family centric Thatcherite who believes in free trade, low tax and Great Britain. She shares all the same Tory core values as me.
Andrea has been torn apart over the fact that she changed her mind on Europe.
The fact is that I agree with Andrea that the EU became unreformable.
I am making the case that it is Okay to change your mind. We are Conservatives and collectively we do what it needs to protect Britain. Andrea was a Brexiteer and I’m proud to support #Andrea4PM #Leadsom4Leader