Quentin Davies defects to Labour

Quentin Davies, MP for Margaret Thatcher's hometown of Grantham and Stamford, has defected to the Labour party. More on the BBC News website. In a letter to Dave Cameron, Davies said that the Conservative party "appears to me to have ceased collectively to believe in anything, or to stand for anything".

Davies isn't massively high-profile, but can't be dismissed as a back-bencher: he was shadow Minister for Pensions 1998-99, shadow Paymaster General 1999-2000, shadow Minister for Defence 2000-01 and shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 2001-03. He was First Secretary in the FCO after being Second Secretary in Moscow.

Iain Dale has been complaining about low coverage of the Conservatives - this should help!


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