Natalie Elphicke has defected to the Labour Party

Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke has defected to the Labour Party, citing reasons such as housing and border security as key factors for her decision. She accuses the Tories of incompetence and division under the leadership of Rishi Sunak, claiming that the party has abandoned key pledges and the center ground of British politics.

Elphicke’s defection marks the second within two weeks, following Dan Poulter’s departure from the Tories. Labour will retain its existing candidate in Dover and Deal at the next general election, with Elphicke stepping down from her position. The constituency, which replaces Dover following boundary changes, saw Elphicke win with a majority of 12,278 votes in the last election.

In a dramatic move during Prime Minister’s Questions, Elphicke crossed the floor to sit behind Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, causing confusion among Conservative MPs. Starmer welcomed her to the party and questioned the efficacy of the current government, particularly on issues like border security and the small boats crisis in Dover.

Elphicke criticized Sunak’s government for failing to keep borders safe and secure, citing record levels of small boat arrivals in the Channel. She accused the Tories of blocking plans to tackle illegal immigration and expressed support for Labour’s approach to addressing this issue.

On housing, Elphicke accused the government of failing to build necessary homes and betraying renters and leaseholders by not delivering on promises. She praised Labour’s policies on housing and economic matters, stating that the party now occupies the center ground of British politics.

Elphicke’s defection comes after her election in 2019, taking over the Dover seat previously held by her husband Charlie Elphicke, who was convicted of sexual assault in 2020. This defection marks the fourth within the Conservative Party since 2019, reflecting divisions and discontent within its ranks.



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