Former Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles votes Labour in local elections
Former Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles says he has voted Labour in the local elections.
Mr Boles left the Tory party in 2019 after differences over Brexit.
He tweeted that this was the first time he had voted Labour in 25 years.
He has also retweeted a message from Labour leader Kier Starmer urging voters to “send the Tories a message they can’t ignore”.
His announcement has provoked a mixture of reaction from across the political spectrum.
Alex Sobel, Labour MP for Leeds North West, said: “Welcome back.”
“[The Tweet] is the most sane and encouraging thing I have read in days”, said Richard Taylor.
Some Conservatives appear to be feeling betrayed by the announcement. Former Deputy Mayor of London Roger Evans said: “It’s nice of you not to mention that when you were seeking a safe Conservative seat.”
Mr Boles was elected as the Grantham and Stamford MP in 2010, and served as Minister of State for Skills.
In the EU referendum, he backed the Remain Campaign.
He resigned the Conservative Party whip in March 2019, saying his party were refusing to compromise over Brexit.
He sat as an Independent Progressive Conservative until the General Election that year, when he stood down from Parliament.
He describes himself as a ‘militant moderate’ in his Twitter profile.
The 1997 elections – the last time he voted Labour – saw a landslide which brought New Labour to power under Tony Blair.