Conservative MP Defects to Labour, Says Prime Minister Incapable of Leadership

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A British Member of Parliament (MP) representing Bury South, Christian Wakeford, who was only elected in 2019, has defected from the Conservative Party, also known as the Tories, to the Labour Party in a seismic move as the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, faces a possible vote of no confidence.

British newspaper, Mirror, reports in its online website that Mr Wakeford’s defection happened moments before Boris Johnson took to the floor for Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

In a historic letter, he told the PM: “You and the Conservative Party as a whole have shown themselves incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves”.

Mr Wakeford’s Bury South seat had elected a Labour MP at every election since 1997, before he won in 2019.

Welcoming the new Labour MP, Labour leader, Keir Starmer said: “I would like to welcome Christian Wakeford to the Labour Party. He has always put the people of Bury South first.

“As Christian said, the policies of the Conservative government are doing nothing to help the people of Bury South and indeed are only making the struggles they face on a daily basis worse.

“People across Britain faces a cost of living crisis but this incompetent Tory government is asleep at the wheel, distracted by a chaos of its own making.

“Meanwhile families, businesses and pensioners are suffering from the Conservative failure to tackle rising food, fuel and energy prices.”

Huge cheers were heard in the Commons as Mr Wakeford took his place on the Labour benches.

Mr Starmer “warmly welcomed” Mr Wakeford, adding: “The Labour Party has changed – and so has the Conservative Party.” And he goaded Boris Johnson by saying other Tories who believed in “decency” were welcome to defect.

Christian Wakeford’s letter in full

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign from the Conservative Party and apply to join the Labour Party.

From today I will be sitting as the Labour MP for Bury South because I have reached the conclusion that the best interests of my constituents are served by the programme put forward by Keir Starmer and his party.

I care passionately about the people of Bury South and I have concluded that the policies of the Conservative government that you lead are doing nothing to help the people of my constituency and indeed are only making the struggles they face on a daily basis worse.

Britain needs a government focused on tackling the cost of living crisis and providing a path out of the pandemic that protects living standards and defends the security of all. It needs a government that upholds the highest standards of integrity and probity in public life and sadly both you and the Conservative Party as a whole have shown themselves incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves.

Being elected as MP for Bury South was the proudest day of my life. I care passionately about the area and will always be grateful to those who have supported me. Today, however, I am in no doubt that they will be better served by my joining a party that genuinely has their interests at heart.

I have wrestled with my conscience for many months, and you will know that I have made my policy misgivings clear on many occasions in private and sometimes in public. I can no longer support a government that has shown itself consistently out of touch with the hard working people of Bury South and the country as a whole.

Under Keir Starmer, the Labour Party is back firmly in the centre of British politics, in touch with working people, and ready to provide an alternative government that this country can be proud of, and not embarrassed by.

My decision is about much more than your leadership and the disgraceful way you have conducted yourself in recent weeks. However, I don’t believe all politicians are the same and I do believe in the power of politics to be a force for good. So does Keir Starmer. He has shown that integrity in the way he has led his party on issues that matter to me, not least the vital challenge of combatting antisemitism.

I will always put the people of Bury South first and will continue to speak out for the changes the area needs. Changes that can only be delivered by a Labour government with Keir Starmer.

Yours,

Christian Wakeford

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