West Midlands MEP slams right wing party after it claimed he was joining them from UKIP
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has pulled the plug on plans to speak at a right wing party conference at the weekend following claims he had joined the English Democrats Party.
Robin Tilbrook, leader of the English Democrats, issued a statement on Thursday claiming Mr Nattrass was joining the EDP following his resignation from the UK Independence Party (UKIP) last week.
The statement even quoted Mr Nattrass saying: “England is my home and the English Democrats are my party.”
Mr Tilbrook said: “I am delighted to welcome Mike Nattrass as a member of the English Democrats and look forward to getting him re-elected again as an English Democrat MEP, on 22nd May 2014.”
But Mr Nattrass has denied any plans to join the English Democrats saying he was lined up to speak at their party conference in Leicester on Saturday simply to talk about the controversial issue of the HS2 rail line.
He said: “I am not joining the English Democrats - this is simply not the case.
"I was due to speak at their party conference at the weekend but I was to talk about the HS2 debate - a topic which we both have in common. But I have decided not to go to the party conference after all because I am angry about the way this has been handled and misconstrued.
"They have released this statement with comments I simply haven’t said and have implied that I will make an announcement on joining the English Democrats at the weekend. This is simply untrue.”
Mr Nattrass said he would continue serving as an Independent MP until the next election in May 2014 but would be considering setting up his own party.
He added: “I may set up my own party But I haven’t made a final decision yet. Until I do I will continue serving as an Independent MEP."
Mr Nattrass quit UKIP after 15 years last week in protest at Nigel Farage's leadership. He accused his former boss of running a "totalitarian regime" and excluding those who disagreed with him.
Mr Tilbrook's party campaign for immediate withdrawal from the European Union and for the establishment of an English parliament.