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Ex-chairman blasts Conservatives as he quits
A SENIOR Wycombe Tory has quit the party and launched a stinging attack on Conservative policies at national and local level.
Lakshan Wanigasooriya, formerly Chairman of the High Wycombe eastern branch of the Conservative Association, has resigned, citing issues such as David Cameron's support for High Speed 2, NHS reforms and Europe as key reasons.
Mr Wanigasooriya, also an ex-member of the management committee of the Wycombe Conservative Association, hit out at the branch for using the "recycled faces of the same old people" as candidates for the district and county councils.
The Totteridge resident's claimed the party has "ruined the life of millions" through its health service, education and social benefit reforms, which he believes were motivated by ideology.
The married father-of-one said: "What has happened over the last few years in power for this government is that little by little the party has lost touch with the people who he (David Cameron) represents and whom have worked hard to elect him.
"The only answer to any issue seems to be we are all in this together, tighten up the purse or blame the former Labour government."
Mr Wanigasooriya, who twice ran and lost as a Tory council candidate and helps run a youth club, poured scorn on the party's slogan 'we're all in it together', alleging that the party's strategy was focused on helping "fat cats out of the mud".
He criticised the handling of gay marriage and House of Lords reforms and he said the policy on the UK's position in the EU was sitting on the fence.
He said: "If you look at the country for the last four years there were only four good things that have happened and fortunately David Cameron and his coalition had nothing to do with any of these - the Olympics, Queens Diamond Jubilee, Royal Wedding and Royal Birth.
"I do very much get the feeling looking at education, economy, transport, welfare, postal service and health reforms that what the coalition, with all its promise of reform, has only done is make a pig's breakfast out of the lot."
He claimed Tories in power at Wycombe District Council have made "blunder after blunder" in the management of High Wycombe.
He said: "The Wycombe stadium the outdoor pool issue and how the same people who make these mistakes are kept and recycled over and over again by the conservative party of Wycombe beggars disbelief."
Sue Hynard, Wycombe Conservative agent, said: "Wycombe Conservatives would like to thank Lakshan for his support and service to the party over many years.
"We are sorry to hear how he feels, although he has never raised his concerns directly with us; we do not think his views are shared by the majority of electors."
The Conservative party nationally was contacted for a response but has made no comment.