Since the previously-Conservative MPs Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless jumped to UKIP, people have asking OnTheWight, ‘Is Andrew Turner going to switch to UKIP?’
Their reasoning, they tell us, is that quite a lot of his thinking appears to be in line with UKIP, again recently illustrated with yesterday’s news that he thinks there should be an “Emergency cap on EU migrants.”
It’s come to light that there’s some data that adds weight to what was previously just speculation.
Richard Taylor, of Cambridge, took to analysing the data from the fabulous The Public Whip of which MP had the most anti-EU voting record, putting it into an article called The Next UKIP Defectors – Based on Parliamentary Voting Records.
This data shows Douglas Carswell was fifth and Mark Reckless 11th. Andrew Turner is only six slots behind Mark Reckless, at 17th.
To examine the data behind this, the page detailing Andrew Turner’s EU-related voting record is shown on The Public Whip.
No assurance from Andrew Turner
Of course, Andrew’s voting record is but one factor, so who better than to ask the man himself.
OnTheWight wrote to Andrew Turner last night, after providing the background, we asked a very simple question,
Can Andrew give an absolute assurance to IW voters that he will remain with in the Conservative party and not switch to UKIP?
With the working day well and truly over, we’ve yet to hear an answer to this very simple question.