Tony Blair said he was 'delighted' by the MP's decision. 'He is a decent, fair-minded and dedicated public servant, respected across the House of Commons, who will be warmly welcomed by Labour MPs and members,' the PM said.
I'm not sure if this is true of all Labour MPs and members but it is a very sad and accurate comment on New Labour that a Tory can so easily cross the floor and on the specifics cited by the man himself. He truly is saying that Labour are now to the right of the Tories. This probably explains the collapse in Tory support in recent opinion polls.