Conservative MP Quentin Davies has defected to the Labour Party, publicly denouncing Tory leader David Cameron calling him superficial, unreliable and lacking in any clear convictions.
The MP for Grantham and Stamford made his decision public in a letter to Cameron with whom he has long been at odds, according to BBC reports.
Davies’ letter reportedly says: “Under your leadership the Conservative Party appears to me to have ceased collectively to believe in anything, or to stand for anything. It has no bedrock. It exists on shifting sands. A sense of mission has been replaced by a PR agenda.”
He says: “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. I do not intend to leave public life.”
Davies’ defection comes on the eve of Gordon Brown’s takeover as PM and Davies’ letter praised Mr Brown as “a leader I have always greatly admired, who I believe is entirely straightforward, and who has a towering record, and a clear vision for the future of our country which I fully share”.
Labour minister Hazel Blears says: “I welcome Mr Davies to the Labour benches.”