Tory defector says Lib Dem conference is ‘actually democratic’

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Former Conservative Dr Phillip Lee has said he is “pleased and proud” to be at the Liberal Democrat conference, just two weeks after joining the party.

Dr Lee dramatically switched to the Lib Dems by crossing over to the opposition benches as Boris Johnson addressed Parliament.

Speaking from the conference in Bournemouth he told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “It’s actually democratic; it’s unusual for me to be at a political conference that actually has democracy in action.

“There are nice people, friends, in the Conservative Party. It’s not that suddenly I’ve joined a party where all the nice people are but do you know what, I’ve been quite overwhelmed by the reception I’ve received here, it’s been genuinely warm.”

The MP for Bracknell defended his decision to quit the Conservatives and said it “clearly isn’t” the same party he joined in 1992.

The Liberal Democrats' autumn conference has seen a series of votes on party policy.

Members voted in favour of a motion to take away the Home Secretary's right to strip UK citizenship, meaning that under a Liberal Democrat government the Secretary of State would have to apply to a UK court to have citizenship rescinded.

It came after cases such as Shamima Begum, who was stripped of her citizenship by then Home Secretary Sajid Javid for joining Islamic State forces after being radicalised in the UK.

The party also voted overwhelmingly to cancel Brexit if they secure a majority government at the next general election.

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