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Labour Councillor Crosses Floor to the Conservatives

Cllr David James

Cllr David James

A Midlands Labour Councillor has turned his back on Ed Miliband’s party and crossed the floor to join the Conservatives. Councillor David James, who was elected to represent the Abbey North ward in 2012, has decided to become a member of Daventry District Council’s ruling Conservative Group.

Councillors do change party from time to time but it is often related to local squabbles. In this case Cllr James cites Europe and the economy as his principal reasons. He also took a swipe at Ed Miliband’s leadership of the party on a day when polls show that most people don’t think that Miliband has what it takes to become Prime Minister.

He said, “I haven’t been happy with the Labour Party nationally since the general election. I believe the current leadership of the party and course it has embarked upon is somewhere I don’t want to go and I don’t believe it will be good for the country.”

Cllr James continued, “I am a euro sceptic and I believe there are only two parties that offer the UK a say on Europe and it boils down to who has the most realistic chance.”

Leader of Daventry District Council’s Conservative party, Cllr Chris Millar, said he was delighted to welcome Cllr James as a new member. He said, “David is a very good councillor who has plenty of common sense. He comes across as a nice, sensible guy with a lot to give. I am very happy to welcome him as a Conservative.”


July 20, 2013 - Posted by | National


  1. At first I thought one of the READING’S Labour Councillors had crossed the floor, but I find it is someone from Daventry? I know you are a Conservative Cheerleader Richard but isn’t that a bit of a long shot to say the least? Now how many Conservative Councillors have defected to UKIP in the year to date, or gone Independent as is the case in your own ward.

    The only good news you have at present is that the total ineptitude of Ed Miliband as Labour Leader has given you parity in one Opinion Poll with Labour. Bear in mind that one swallow does not make a summer.

    Bonjour from the Sunny South of France

    Comment by Steve Foley | July 20, 2013 | Reply

    • Steve – I have long reported on defections to the Conservatives around the country! I even hear I missed a Lib Dem who defected TO us about a week ago. My cup runneth over 🙂

      I have lots of good news at the moment: Crime down 10%, deportation of Abu Qatada, economic growth revised up, no double dip recession, polls narrowing, and now defections TO the Conservatives. The ineptitude and incompetence of Ed Miliband and those around him is merely a bonus on which I do not rely.

      We were well rid of the two who went Ind in my ward and one was quickly beaten soundly in the subsequent election. The second one should follow him out next May! The people of Peppard ward now have two hard working Conservative Councillors who keep people informed with regular newsletters and public meetings.

      Comment by Richard Willis | July 20, 2013 | Reply

  2. Please, for the sake of your sanity, stop deluding yourself. Where are the extra 2-3 million votes you need to even get close to a majority going to come from. Some local councillor in the West Midlands defects to the Tories and you think this is worth celebrating while 44% of all Tory members do no work in a month to assist the party. Furthermore 81% of your own supporters do not think you can gain a majority at the next election.

    Next years Euro elections, when UKIP will make further inroads into your vote, will sap any confidence your rank & file still have and you are staring at a huge defeat in 2015.

    Comment by Phil the Greek | July 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Phil, you have saved me having to say that.

      Comment by Steve Foley | July 22, 2013 | Reply

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