Former Labour MP for Medway Bob Marshall-Andrews defects to Liberal Democrats
PUBLISHED: 09:23 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:23 20 April 2017
The barrister branded his former party “a political basket case”
A former Labour MP in Kent has defected to the Liberal Democrats after branding his former party a “political basket case”.
Bob Marshall-Andrews, who represented Medway from 1997 to 2010, denounced the “abject failure of the Labour leadership” over the EU referendum campaign.
The barrister, understood to have been a close ally to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, said the party’s failure to lead the arguments against Brexit had “provided a concession of both votes and credibility to Ukip”, according to The Times.
He added: “The Liberal Democrats have grasped the political challenges of the 21st century.
“For that reason I will sign up and do my best to lend support in my political dotage.
“After nearly 50 years as a Labour man I do so with a heavy heart but at least with some radical hope for my grandchildren.”
A number of current Labour MPs have already announced they will not be standing again on June 8, with the polls predicting a humiliating defeat for the party.
It comes as Mr Corbyn prepares to make his first keynote speech of the election campaign today.