MP crosses floor to LibDems while Boris Johnson is speaking – destroying Tory/DUP parliamentary majority
Bracknell MP Philip Lee has dramatically defected from the Tories to the LibDems – while Boris Johnson was addressing the Commons. Johnson was clearly thrown and flustered, stumbling over his words as he realised what was happening.
Lee stood and literally ‘crossed the floor’ to sit next to Jo Swinson – incidentally demonstrating just how little functional difference exists between blue and yellow Tories, but turning Johnson’s cobbled-together DUP-aided majority into a minority of one:
From a different angle, Johnson’s consternation is even clearer, in spite of his attempt to brush it off:
If Swinson, her party and their centrist fellow-travellers were genuinely concerned about stopping a hard Brexit more than they are about keeping Jeremy Corbyn from Number 10, Johnson – already showing his weakness and fear – could be gone by tonight.
But they’re not, so he’ll cling on – at least for now.
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