Coventry and Warwickshire North MEP Christine Oddy has resigned from the Labour
Party after slamming their selection of candidates for next month's Euro elections.
Oddy branded former Eastenders actor and Labour Party candidate Michael Cashman a
"London Luvvie" and vowed to fight the campaign as an independent candidate.
The MEP was suspended from the Labour Party last week after being accused by party
chiefs of having a low-work rate but she believes that she was the victim of political
"I am resigning from the Labour Party in protest at the unreasonable suspension of
me by the party, the unfair method selection for the Euro elections, the failure of the
Labour Party to respond to my requests for an appeal and a meeting.
"I am standing as an independent candidate for the West Midlands region to give
voters a choice of candidate.
"I want to open up the totally undemocratic closed list and the possibility of
voting for a local candidate rather than for two London luvvies, it is a protest against
the shift of power from the voter to the political party elites."
Labour will now have a tough job persuading voters that Oddy should not be supported,
especially in the wake of last week's support of the MEP from members of opposition
The elections take place on 10 June and Oddy believes her reputation for dealing with
issues close to the voters hearts will secure her a seat as an independent member.
"I shall be standing on my record as a well known, hard working, local MEP with an
excellent reputation in the European Parliament who battles for British interests.
"I shall be campaigning on the issues that I have pursued over 10 years,
pensioners rights, disability rights and employment rights."