John Hein, the Liberal candidate for Edinburgh North and Leith, who came sixth in last week's General Election, contacted Spurtle today with characteristic outspokenness.
'I'd like to thank those who voted for me. However, the electors of Edinburgh North and Leith now clearly have the MP they deserve!
'Liberals and Liberal and Radical Associations have always been locked in battle with a Tory Party representing privilege, wealth and elitist authority – since before 1857 and the formation of The
National Liberal Federation.
'For Clegg to turn his back on a progressive coalition to join a Tory Coalition is an unprincipled betrayal of everything for which Liberals have ever stood, in favour of naked political opportunism.
'I urge every Liberal and radical still left in the Liberal Democrats to resign and rejoin the Liberal Party.
'It is the right and duty of every Liberal to campaign with us for a more equal and democratic society which is against everything for which the Tory Party stands.'