by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2007
The MP for Grantham and Stamford, Quentin Davies, has today announced he has crossed the floor from David Cameron’s Tories to Gordon Brown’s Labour.
Mr Davies explained his decision in an open letter to Mr Cameron:
“Although you have many positive qualities you have three, superficiality, unreliability and an apparent lack of any clear convictions, which in my view ought to exclude you from the position of national leadership to which you aspire and which it is the presumed purpose of the Conservative Party to achieve. Believing that as I do, I clearly cannot honestly remain in the party.”
Intriguingly, Mr Davies pledges, “I do not intend to leave public life.” His majority at the last election under the Conservative banner was 7,445. Perhaps he’s hoping a Parliamentary vacancy in Sedgefield might open up?
Last week, Mr Davies voted against holding an inquiry into the war in Iraq so it does seem like he might have now found his true spiritual home with Labour.
As Will Howells notes here, Mr Davies’s switch does rather re-inforce the point Ming Campbell made in his speech this morning:
“David Cameron says he wants to provide an alternative to what Gordon Brown will offer. But the Tories cannot provide that alternative. The Conservatives and Labour are in shameful collusion.
“On council tax, nuclear power, City Academies, Iraq and student finance they have formed a shabby consensus. It is ironic that of the few areas where the Tories actually have policies, they share so much in common with the government.
“It is [the Lib Dems’] duty to expose that consensus and, yes, to oppose it too. We’ll do it by rattling the cage of British politics and challenging the cosy consensus of the centre right.”