I joined the party in 1983, when a railwayman, stayed a member till 2007, always active in local politics. The party changed and the key issues that caused me to resign were fairly straightforward. First, Labour expelled the RMT Union, then they became unbearably right wing. I resigned and stood as a Weetwood independent candidate. I was invited to join the Liberal Democrats, but because of their continuing lack of democracy, and the lack of a party branch I gave up. I continue my railway connections as chair of the Leeds Railway Pensioners. The Labor Party and the former Labour Government treated RMT and railway pensioners with contempt over an issue in Scotland. In 2010 I joined the English Democrats mainly because they were neither right or left wing, and have some fresh ideas that involve putting England first, and fair deals for English People. I am still a member of the rail union TSSA and continue to campaign on railway issues!