MP Sarah Wollaston tonight revealed she is joining the Liberal Democrats – her third political party so far this year.
The 57-year-old Remainer resigned from the Conservatives over its handling of Brexit in before joining the defectors’ party earlier this year.
She has now followed the lead of Labour’s Chuka Umunna in switching to the Lib Dems, after Change UK’s poor performance in the European elections.
In a post on her website, the Totnes MP said she made the decision because Brexit had “sucked all the political oxygen from the government”.
She added: “Just as we could and should have been benefiting from economic recovery after years of austerity, that has been put into reverse because of the march to No Deal.
“Good ideas rarely require planning for mass bailouts of collapsing businesses including farming or the emergency air-freighting of vital medicines and food supplies.
“This is money that could, and should have been spent tackling poverty, improving life chances and genuinely providing new resources for priorities like education, policing, social care and the NHS.
“Britain deserves better, and my fellow MPs need to read the evidence and act in the national interest rather than Party interest, and they need to act now before it is too late.”
Dr Wollaston said she ditched Change UK after the EU election – and was also influenced by the appointment of the Lib Dems’ first female leader.
She wrote: “The Liberal Democrats under the new leadership of Jo Swinson are outward looking and unequivocally committed to remaining at the heart of an evolving Europe.
“In this new political landscape, I feel this is the best political party from which to stand up for the communities I am privileged to represent.
I hope that you will join me.”
Dr Wollaston’s announcement comes only days after the Lib Dems won the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, unseating Tory MP Chris Davies.
The Lib Dems have seen a surge of support since the Brexit election, winning 20 per cent in the European elections.
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