January 16, 2005

Tories too left wing? No problem, join Labour

Robert Jackson, MP for Wantage in Oxfordshire has defected from the Conservative Party to the neo-Conservative Party, because, it seems, the Tories are too left wing. He said that he had left the Tories because he couldn't support their stance against tuition fees, Europe and he felt that they had "wobbled" on the war against Iraq, a war that he and the Observer call an "intervention".

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.

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