CAM'S EU TURN; Leader drops only policy he pledged.
DAVID Cameron did a u-turn yesterday on pulling Tory MEPs out of an alliance of EU moderates - the only policy he had promised during his leadership bid.
Cameron had won support from Conservative right-wingers by vowing to withdraw from the European People's Party in "months not years".
But yesterday he effectively ditched the move by delaying any decision until at least 2009 - and claimed staying in the alliance would help the party to "make the EU confront its failings".
Geoff Hoon, Labour's Europe spokesman, hit out at the "broken promise", adding: "When it comes to matters of policy judgment, David Cameron gets it wrong."
Lib Dem party chief Norman Lamb said: "How can we trust him to keep any promises?"
And Tory MEP Caroline Jackson said delaying the decision was like saying, "I am going to divorce you but I am going to live in the same house as you for the next three years."
The move to stay in the EPP threatens to re-open Tory divisions on Europe.
Mr Cameron made his announcement after agreeing to start a new centre-right EU group with the, Czech Republic. It will not be set up until after the 2009 European elections to give the Czechs time to form a coalition government.
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