Lord Sugar quits Labour Party

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Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Apprentice star and peer Lord Sugar has announced that he is quitting the Labour party.

Lord Sugar said his resignation was accepted as the party had been “aware of my disillusionment for some time”.

He added he had lost confidence in Labour during the last 12 months due to their “negative business policies and the general anti-enterprise concepts” they were proposing should they be elected under Ed Miliband’s leadership.

Lord Sugar said he informed the party of his decision on Friday and kept his intentions quiet during the election campaign rather than use them to “possibly damage” Labour’s election chances.

He w as initially appointed a peer by the previous Labour administration in 2009, but launched a scathing attack on the vision outlined during Mr Miliband’s tenure.

In a statement, Lord Sugar said: “In the past year I found myself losing confidence in the party due to their negative business policies and the general anti-enterprise concepts they were considering if they were to be elected.

“I expressed this to the most senior figures in the party several times.”

He continued: “I was originally brought into the party by Gordon Brown during an era where true enterprise was being supported by the party.

“I signed on to New Labour in 1997 but more recently, particularly in relation to business, I sensed a policy shift moving back towards what Old Labour stood for.

“By the start of this year, I had made my decision to resign from the party whatever the outcome of the General Election.

“However, I am a loyal person and rather than use my decision to possibly damage the party’s chances in the election, I decided, as a relatively high-profile individual, to keep my intentions quiet for the duration of the campaign.”

Lord Sugar said he had “opted to remain quiet” and declined hundreds of media requests to talk about proposed policies of the party, particularly in relation to business.

He said: “I have no wish to stick the boot into the party.

“There are many good people in Labour working hard every day to serve the public and I wish them all the best of luck.

“I am grateful for all the experiences being a member of Labour has brought me.”

He added he will continue in the Lords in order to represent the interests of business and enterprise in the UK.

During his maiden speech in the Lords, the entrepreneur made reference to his successful BBC show The Apprentice.

He faced criticism after being appointed an “enterprise champion” by Mr Brown’s government, but told peers in 2009: ” ‘I am the new boy on the block. In your Lordships’ House I am certainly the apprentice.”

Lord Sugar went on: ”I think it is fair to say my appointment earlier this year as an enterprise adviser to the government as well as this House was not met with a chorus of wild approval.

”As a realistic person I fully understand the reaction from certain quarters. It is, after all, human nature for people to form an opinion from what they read in the media or, in my case, what they see on TV.”

He added: ”Those of your Lordships who may have stumbled upon the TV show may recall when it started six years ago I made a statement: ‘Never, ever under-estimate me’.”

Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by The News Editor

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