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Ex-Tory MP Sarah Wollaston defects to the Liberal Democrats

Ex-Tory MP Sarah Wollaston defects to the Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats have received some other MP after former Conservative Sarah Wollaston joined their ranks.

Her transfer brings the choice of MPs representing parliament’s fourth-biggest birthday party up to 14, following hastily on from the contemporary election of Janet Dodds in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.

Dr Wollaston, chair of the influential Commons well being make a selection committee, stated she was once “delighted” to be becoming a member of a “fantastic team” which was once “unequivocally making the case for us to remain at the heart of Europe”.

Ex-Tory MP Sarah Wollaston defects to the Liberal Democrats
Image: Wollaston was once amongst the MPs who joined The Independent Group in February

Welcoming her, Lib Dem chief Jo Swinson stated the pair had “worked together for many months to fight to stop Brexit”.

She added the birthday party was once “growing” and was once the “strongest” choice for Remainers.

Dr Wollaston had defected with two different Tories, Heidi Allen and Anna Soubry, to The Independent Group in February.

At the time, she used her speech to assault then high minister Theresa May for failing to take on the “burning injustices” promised in her first cope with on the steps of Number 10.

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“If I wouldn’t encourage others to vote Conservative in a general election, then how can I possibly continue with the Conservative whip?” the Totnes MP requested.

Months later, after the rebranded crew Change UK failed to damage thru at the European Parliament elections, she and 5 different MPs give up to transform independents.

In a joint remark, they stated doing so would lead them to “best placed to work cross-party and respond flexibly”.

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The Lib Dems have already poached certainly one of the crew – the former Labour member Chuka Umunna.

All those that resigned their respective birthday party whips were challenged over the months to name by-elections and re-stand on their new platforms, a transfer they’ve resisted.

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