What's your story?

It might have been Brexit. 

Or its attitude towards business. 

Possibly it was its "couldn't care less" attitude to the Union that binds our four countries.

Let us know, in the comments below, what was for you ‘the final straw’, the tipping point…the moment that you realised the Conservative Party no longer reflected your values.

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  • Simon Haslam
    A member of the party for very many years, including a decade as a District Councillor – I resigned from the party and from my position as Chairman of the Derbyshire Dales Conservative Association the day Boris J was elected leader. Resignation was the culmination of a process since the referendum of feeling that the Conservative Party was moving away from me – coupled with the rebellion (with no consequences) of the ERG. I echo all that the previous posters have said
  • Douglas Martonik
    I realised the Conservative Party no longer reflected my views when Boris Johnson expelled 21 MPs from the Party who had been loyal Conservatives their whole lives. These were the Conservatives I identified with. When Johnson expelled them, I saw that there was no room for people like me in the Conservative Party. The Conservative and Unionist Party is supposed to be the pro-business, pro-Union Party. Brexit is anti-business and anti-Union. There was room for soft-euroscepticism in the Party, but the hard, do-or-die Brexit it espoused now is intolerable and not Conservative. They forget that 40% of Conservatives support remaining in the EU. It is so sad to see all the modernisation of the past 14 years go to waste.
  • Mike Williams
    I’ve been led to this page by an article in Prospect magazine which, along with other pieces, has described my situation to a tee.

    I have voted Conservative most of my adult life in the belief of a general competence without the albatross of a fanatical ideology behind it – do what works but do it fairly.

    I’m not a member of the Conservative party nor ever was but I was happy to align myself with them electorally. No more. We now have a cabinet which is as far from my own beliefs as is imaginable.

    The purge of the moderates and the inability of the membership to see beyond the foolishness of electing Johnson is a source of despair to me.

    I’m desperate for a new centrist party to appear that embodies common sense ahead of all other tribal priorities.
  • Roger Boaden
    I joined the Young Conservatives in 1956. From 1958 to 1988 I was employed by the Party, working closely with Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher. I moved to France in 2002. As Eurosceptics gradually took over the Party, I was ever more out of touch. The 2016 Referendum was a hell of a shock, but the election of Boris Johnson, and the treatment of British Citizens, who like me have exercised their free movement rights have been the final straws. I no longer consider myself a Conservative.
  • Aj Bell
    I always thought the Conservatives were a party that listened to business, understood the importance of the Union and the need to actively work to hold the country together, and were proud of being the architects of the Single Market. I thought we should leave the EU, but stay in the Single Market. I expected a debate on that. I expected a strong pro-market, pro-business voice in the party. I expected us to remember that EFTA was a British creation, and so was the Single Market. I got silence and then “f*** business”
  • Marx de Morais
    I resigned as a candidate because I felt it was a lie to sell the Party’s ignorant Brexit policy to our constituents. I quit because our Party said goodbye to its great history as the only broad church in the UK. We must not serve a right wing extremism.